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Azio MK-Retro Typewriter-Style Mechanical Keyboard

Azio MK-Retro Typewriter-Style Mechanical Keyboard

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Hm no free shipping. The base keyboard is also still cheaper on eBay. Probably only worth it only if I went for the other keycaps and board. Even then, $91 (at lowest committed price of $77) isn't that appetizing(NJ gets the shaft of both taxes and shipping cost). Also, why is this in the tech community and not in the mech keyboard community?
I got this keyboard a year ago and I've been using it at work. It's a fine keyboard.
This board is cheap, and not in the good way.
If you need this aesthetic, then go for it, but don't expect a high-end product. Otherwise just ask around for recommendations on r/mk or somewhere. There are plenty of better boards than this.
Hi. The keyboard does not have the letter ñ. It can be configured so that by touching only one key the ñ? Thank you.
emilio69v
That's a software issue, mostly. This keyboard is (I assume) American style, which means that it will lack any sort of accent keys. If you need accents, you might want to see about changing which keyboard layout it is detected as in software.
I've been using this keyboard for a year and have found it to be very good. However when I first started using it, there was quite a learning curve as the the keys do not have a bevel on the edge so all the keys are very close together and the the faces are flat, which makes it easy to press the wrong key or multiple keys until you get used to it.
This is my first time. The price has dropped once, and it's a reasonable deal, but nothing special. Is it going to go cheaper than that, if more people join the drop?
johnwillyums
The final drop price has been unlocked at $79.99.
Is this recommended for use with an iPad Pro 9.7 or is there a mechanical keyboard that would be a better choice?
hatman
These are not Bluetooth capable.
B.Hutch@AKRacing
Technically the Lightning to USB (female) adapter should still work with it though ;)
Nice keyboard, however, B&H has it offered for 89.99 with free shipping and no sales tax outside of NY/NJ. I am not seeing a very great deal here.
Very unhappy with this purchase. I though it was the one with backlit keys. Somewhere in the description it should have mentioned that this was not the LED backlit one. I thought Azio only had one retro model.
Rob49152
most keebs state if they have LEDs and if you don't see it then it doesn't
I'd like to pay additional fee... Could you offer me Chinese version :..(
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Has anyone tried replacing these caps with normal ones? That white/gold is super neat but I'm not keen on the typewriter caps
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There are plenty of keyboards that have recessed switches without having floating caps, a design like that should work fine here I think.
I see what you mean but, like BlueCrowned said, they could have made it a bit more compatible with other caps. Some people like the chassis more than the caps. The key-caps is the main gimmick of this board, and getting a full board solely for its keycaps probably isn't a very smart move considering that you might hate them. Usually caps are the most customizable aspect of mech boards, but with this board you would be stuck with the same old ones no matter what. It's just not a very nice design in general.
How does this keyboard hold up for gaming?
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Rav91
I've used it, the keys are fine for typing but they are pretty awful for gaming, imo. The way that I use keys had my fingertips slipping off the round keys a lot.
Rav91
Not bad though the typewriter caps aren't as good as normal keycaps for gaming. Larger gaps mean more misses in fast reflex games. You don't realize how often you hit a key off-center until you use this and it results in a wonky key press. Having said that, I still really like the keyboard. The switches are nice for gaming though it's more of a typing board.
I love this thing. My SO bought it for me for my birthday in April. One minor note is that the white printing on the keycaps is wearing on home row + c/v/CTRL already. After 4 months my keyboard looks like a heatmap of all my most-used keys.
likecnsnnts
Eeeewwww, not nice.
Printed legends will fade regardless of use pattern and in the end you will be stuck with a worn looking keyboard, worth less than a cheapo membrane model.
No cherry switches?
That's awesome !!! Unfortunately I already got the Poseidon :(
Shame there is no Mac version - only thing preventing me from buying this.
What no Mac Keyboard
Can you chose the switches
Mine arrived today. I bought this to replace a standard dome keyboard at work. The switches don't bother me, they are very clicky and springy. The overall appearance is exactly what I expected, and I'm not having any issues with fingerprints yet. The board has a solid weight to it, and I like the adjustable feet (although there are only two settings -- level and elevated). Unfortunately, the keycaps are wobbly and they feel like cheap plastic. The spacebar makes a hollow ringing noise that can be pretty annoying if I'm typing quickly. I will probably stick some O rings on here to quiet it down.
Keyboard arrived yesterday and let me just say how wowed I am. The thing looks great and talk about a change from my old "normal" keyboard. Actually had a customer notice it and have the same reaction. I do have one question and pardon my ignorance but ; I do know what the three LEDs are for ( scroll, caps, and number lock) but what is the LED marked W for? Also, is there a way to get my 'windows' + D to work again? It is convenient to hide my desktop when I leave for lunch and now have to use the mouse with the icon in the bottom right corner. Thanks again for bringing this back to market. This thing rocks!
DucMike
Answered my own question earlier with a simple search of some of the shining reviews out there. Just needed to press the FC key along with the windows key to unlock it. All functionality has returned & I am back to 100% happy.
DucMike
The W light is probably for windows lock
I bought this keyboard during one of the previous drops. This was the second mechanical keyboard that I had ever bought, after previously owning a Vortex Pok3r with Cherry blue switches.
I would say buy these keyboard because it looks cool, don't buy it if you are looking for a keyboard with a real "blue switch" feel. The blue switches in the keyboard just feel... Off... I had never used Kailh switches before, but I don't think that is where the issue comes from. It seems like the issues come from the way the case was designed. Keypresses on it just have this hollow sound that I think is coming from the plastic keycaps colliding with the plastic case. That noise overpowers the actual sound of the switches, leaving the board sounding cheap and unsatisfying. I think this also takes away from the satisfying tactile feel you get from blue switches as well, which made typing on it a less pleasant experience than my Pok3r offers. I used this board as my main for about a week until I switched back to my Pok3r.
Now, with that being said, the keyboard DOES still look really nice. Even with it being entirely plastic, it looks amazing. The glossy finish looks great, if you can manage to keep fingerprints and everything else off of it. The keyboard did include a microfiber cloth though, so that really helps with the glossy shine.
All in all, I would say this is a great looking novelty keyboard that is worth the $80 price tag. So if you are just wanting a cool looking mechanical keyboard, and are not too picky on the feel, I would say go for it.
i don't need this......i don't need this......
NYalex
But maybe a family or friend could use one. If you don't decide to keep it that is. :)
Personally, I don't care for kailh switches, and I have these keycaps, absolutely hate them, look and feel very cheap... And mine more or less fall apart, the silver outer ring is just glued on or something, and falls off when typing at times, wouldn't recommend
Is it made of aluminum or plastic?
What kind of switches does this have?
Snum
Kailh Blue Switches
How does it hold up? (e.g. games, docs)
That Gold/White one is something a receptionist at Trump Tower would have. Freaking cool!
kalef21
yeah! also fake tits, loud makeup and no class.
karanw
^triggered
Very beautiful. But wired still? I don't like wires. =/
effy
In general mechanical keyboards will always be wired. They have much lower latency than a membrane keyboard. When you introduce a wireless connection to that now much more mechanical and quicker response time system, it turns up the latency again.
The White/Gold photo looks almost copper like. Copper would certainly be a very nice look on this keyboard. Honestly though, I spent more than this drop just on custom plates, and would prefer a keycap set over a whole keyboard.
Out of curiosity, is it possible to replace the key caps on this board for regular ones, or are the holes smaller so that you don't see the plate cutouts?
I wouldn't buy this keyboard if I was going to replace the keys, obviously, but it would be good to know if it is possible to fit a standard key cap on in case you broke or lost one of the originals and wanted to use a regular cap while you waited on a replacement or something like that.
TipsyMacScotchslurpen
i think so if you can find something to fit on top of the Kailh Blue Switches