Azio Retro Mechanical Keyboard - Massdrop Exclusivesearch

Azio Retro Mechanical Keyboard - Massdrop Exclusive

Azio Retro Mechanical Keyboard - Massdrop Exclusive

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I'm not a generally pink guy and i was actually aiming for Gold White. However I was enthralled by the rarity of Black Pink. Typewriter keycaps are rare enough and pink keyboards are even more rare. combine the two for a super rare combination.
anyway finding a matching mouse is a headache. the best match i found is a wireless microsoft mouse (do not want to use RGB coloured mouse, want matt/flat coloured). perhaps have a drop for Azio retro mouse with the same colour scheme please? my mouse doesnt exactly shine the same way the keyboard does.
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Just got my black and gold impulse (probably Ambien induced) buy. Not sure how I feel about it. Dont get me wrong, its really nice. Very solid and well built (I especially love how the feet work!). But its BIG and its my first experience with Kailh (Blue) Switches, so far I definitely prefer cherry mx blues. Whatever the case, this wont be something I will use on a regular basis, if at all. I've been trying to go smaller. The K70 is already feeling way too big for me. Gonna see if the Mrs is interested. Otherwise it's probably going up on the eBayz....
In any case, Very well done Azio!
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hey I'd be up for selling it to you guys for the original price plus shipping! Wish Massdrop had a way to PM people....
enero
BTW- I have not touched it since I tested it for those few minutes. Packed it right back up, after I showed Mrs. Evetything as it was packed, and I didn't even take the plastic off of anything :)
I for one am looking forward to trying this keyboard. I have a mushy Logitech I can't stand, and I don't have room for my spare Model M from work.
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:O i use to have the Logitech ball mouse, mine was wired and the ball was red but it still to this day is one of my favorites !!
Clickedyclack
I have one of those wired ones at work. I prefer the wired one as I don't need it to be wireless, but they don't make the wired ones anymore.
I keep hoping they will make these with something other than clicky switches...
I am typing on the chrome one right now. Got it from Amazon. As soon as I saw the red and the gold ones on the AZIO website I called them and they directed me to this drop. Just joined to get one of each. Nicest keyboard style and build I've ever seen. Love clicky keys but no way I'm putting an IBM in my retro office. This is a solid, well-built, affordable peripheral. And the chrome is THICK. Make a trackball to go with it. Better yet, a wireless trackball so I can get rid of this ugly thing! (Or so I don't have to brass-plate iot)
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So the appeal of Massdrop is what? If you manage to get enough people to buy a product you can get it for a couple dollars cheaper than the listing on Amazon and wait a long time to get it? The MSRPs they list are BS. I just watch this site to find stuff I want to buy elsewhere.
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That's true. I've been mostly watching keyboards and monitors lately. I even found a monitor they had a drop on for a hell of a lot cheaper at my local Costco. But I should go back to watching more art supply and gaming drops. It seems to be the only stuff I've seen decent deals on.
DamonW
I just come here for the stuff that actually is a good deal, or stuff that can't be purchased elsewhere. Keysets are definitely a big one for me. But yeah, i don't want to wait 3 months to save like $6 on a board.
I got this keyboard in the last drop. It's really well made but due to the tight spacing of the key caps, it has taken some getting used too, I have to be far more accurate with my typing so as not to press multiple or the wrong key.
There's no good reason to trust massdrop with your money, unless you want to get scammed but also want to wait for a few months before you realize that you got scammed.
Just look at what happened to the Ducky Pocket drop from April! https://www.massdrop.com/buy/ducky-pocket-rgb-mechanical-numpad/talk
seidenfisch
spam much?
Woah, woah now these look amazing in the new colors.
The black and hot pink one, white and silver, white and rose, they look so good, but unfortunately looks like this board won't be easily modifiable, the top plate is really close to the keycaps and basically puts you in a position where you buy this board to use only the keycaps it comes with since other might get stuck...
Datamancer's keycap sets might work however, and if they do it would probably be a huge improvement since they won't have the square box like stem that the stock keycaps have.
Unfortunately I'm not that into full size boards anymore... now if they make a 60% board in this style, I'll be all over it since I haven't seen a 60% typewriter aesthetic board yet.
:( EU
Drool... Would love to see the keycap set drop by itself... I SO want these for a custom keyboard!!! 9 days... Gets paid in 10... ;_;
richfiles
Look up Magicforce Retro Typewriter Keycap Set on ebay and you can find them for $29.
Personally, I got them on the Magicforce keyboard drop here a while ago and can't stand them. My fingers have a preference for rectangular keycaps it seems.
when is the Armato-02 Retro version coming back out? Ive trying to find it but its sold out everywhere with no stock :(
Sdranger
I've been looking for it too. Azio's MK Retro 02 also comes with backlighting which these ones dont. They cant seem to restock their inventory
GKashY
The actual MK Retro 2 hasn't been released yet, and when I contacted AZIO about the Armato Classic Edition they told me they would be getting another shipment within the next month or two.
Do yourself a favor and buy something else. Those keycaps might look cool to you. But there are no positives about this thing.
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There are better options for the money. I don't consider $90 low cost for something that is shiny plastic. I'm not going to spam links to other boards, but I'm sure you can find them on google.
At Fry's you can get a Cherry MX-Board 3.0 for $100, ten dollars more for a ton more quality.
I so badly wanted the keyboard but due to no backlighting I am going to pass. Sigh !!!
Blue switches? sigh.
no reds
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Beautiful boards. I'd join for more switch options. My wallet is safe for now.
I would probably hate the typewriter key caps, but if I had an extra hundred dollars laying around I would probably buy this just to put on a shelf to look cool, great looking design.
I got this last time and I ended up selling it so I could get this instead: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/39774
I found that it was just too difficult to get used to the shape of the keycaps. These are really nice looking keyboards though, if you think you can get used to it, by all means go for it.
I think these colors are based on Massdrop comments from the last drop, I remember someone saying black/gold would be really cool and a rep from Azio replying to that comment that they would pass the idea to the design team. Really impressed that Azio actually put this together.
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That one's not shipping until August :( I saw some Youtube videos of it though and it sounds great.
Bonzaixx1
Yeah, once you type on a buckling spring, you will wonder why you ever bothered with cherry switches... They are in a different league.
Not gonna lie, those are damned pretty, but I will be passing. Need switch options and the 'chrome' looks to be pretty thin.
Too bad there's no ISO option, so it's US only.
this shitty excuse for a keyboard got shittier. i'm astounded.
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have you tried a board with cherry or dsa profile keys? i find the difference between them and flat style keycaps to be night and day for the typing experience.
UpahUpah
I have many many keyboards. I prefer SA keys the best, but I have no issues typing on these keys or DSA style.
What material are the keycaps?
Does anyone know if the chrome around the outside of the keyboard and feet are actual chrome (metal) or just plastic with the appearance of chrome. Thanks for your help.
Francois_Gateau
I've bought a similar keyboard (magicforce retro - probably same or similar OEM?) which are coated plastic, and considering the price I would bet these are as well. Maybe coated in aluminum or chrome, but if so it'll be a very very thin coat. Someone correct me if my assumption is incorrect.
Wow that black and gold keyboard is one of the nicest I have ever seen. I wish there were some different switches to choose from.
Love the look of this keyboard, but needs backlighting and switch-type options.
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I got pretty close to being able to touch type, but only when I got on a roll and stopped thinking about my typing. I just couldn't really force it to happen.
Now I am completely incapable of typing without bein able to see the keys. I ended up with a left radial nerve injury that makes it impossible to type with my left hand, so I type in a sort of normal way with my right hand, but hunt and (actually, there isn't a lot of hunting because my hand knows where the keys are) peck with my left ring finger (I can't feel my index and middle fingers as well as my ring finger and pinky, and my ring finger is longer than my pinky, so it ends up the natural choice). Since my left hand can't keep up with my right, I end up covering a portion of the left side of the keyboard with my right hand, which takes it away from the home row.
So between the bit of left hand hunting and leaving the home position with my right hand, I have to be able to see the keys. That forces me to use a backlit keyboard and prevents me from using most of the keycap sets that are available. I would love to use the Carbon keycaps and these vintage-looking typewriter-inspired sets, but unless I give up on late-night, dark-room computer sessions, I have to use backlight-compatible keycap sets. :(
Even if I wasn't injured, I don't think there's any reason to force people to learn to touch type, and besides that RGB backlit keys adds the option of customizable style to your keyboard.
simply from an ergonomic standpoint, backlit keycaps, like wrist rests, facilitate habits that are bad for your health. im also wary because they're features that people find valuable in gaming keyboards, and by extension used by producers of cheap china-grade keyboards in order to push more units.
its a combination of a dislike of poor working practices and cynicism about the marketing and design languages of the majority of peripheral companies on the market.