Thursday, September 6th 2018

AZIO Puts up Retro Compact Keyboard for Discounted Pre-Order on IndieGoGo

Hardware pre-orders are a mixed bag, especially when it comes to keyboards from a peripheral maker that you know are going to be available for retail sale one way or another. AZIO showed off their R.C.K. (Retro Compact Keyboard) series at Computex this year, with the defining features including a TKL form factor keyboard offering their Retro-series options of genuine leather or wood materials for the keyboard, a typewrite-style mechanical keyboard design that AZIO have used to good success in the past, and a combination of wired and wireless (via Bluetooth) connectivity as well. A 5000 mAh battery should provide months of battery life even with backlighting on, which is a nice change of pace from the current crop of wireless mechanical keyboards that struggle to go more than a few days on a single charge.

IndieGoGo as a platform used to be associated with crowdfunding a product, and indeed the original AZIO Retro series of keyboards came about that way. But the new R.C.K. range appears to be up for what AZIO terms is a "pre-launch" perk at a heavily discounted price, rather than this being a requirement towards getting the product to market. If you are so interested, the current pre-order price is $119 for a keyboard and matching palm rest (in leather or wood to match the keyboard), which is a 45% discount to the $219 MSRP for when the keyboard launches in December 2018. The special price ends September 15 and pre-orders have become an accepted norm in the enthusiast keyboard community today, but we still recommend thinking hard before going forward with pre-orders in general.
Sources: IndieGoGo Page, Product Page
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8 Comments on AZIO Puts up Retro Compact Keyboard for Discounted Pre-Order on IndieGoGo

#2
verycharbroiled
xkm1948, post: 3899121, member: 50521"
This one is sexy AF!



Indeed. I've always liked the steam punk look, and this could go in an office setting. I like the matching mouse too.
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#3
AsRock
TPU addict
Lost my interest when it requires battery's, unless their is a wired version.

Is that copper ?, if so is it covered with some thing so it don't turn green.
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#4
Caring1
AsRock, post: 3899146, member: 40310"
Lost my interest when it requires battery's, unless their is a wired version....
"a combination of wired and wireless (via Bluetooth) connectivity as well."
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#5
Prima.Vera
No Numpad (edit: saw they have a numpad version too), no Volume and Multimedia buttons, no buy.
Sorry. It looks good but if it's not functional, then what's the point?
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#6
skates
It's really nice and the price is pretty good. I'm leary however if the product will ship. With that said, a friend of mine recently lost a few fingers and I thought this keyboard would be helpful since it has larger buttons.
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Chloe Price
Prima.Vera, post: 3899203, member: 98685"
No Numpad (edit: saw they have a numpad version too), no Volume and Multimedia buttons, no buy.
Sorry. It looks good but if it's not functional, then what's the point?
Once you try a TKL keyboard, there's no going back. ;)

There seems to be multimedia/volume buttons, used via Fn buttons like in laptops and many other keyboards. I see no problem there.
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#8
Prima.Vera
Chloe Price, post: 3900791, member: 123719"
Once you try a TKL keyboard, there's no going back. ;)

There seems to be multimedia/volume buttons, used via Fn buttons like in laptops and many other keyboards. I see no problem there.
Thanks. Actually I am very found of this keyboard and really want to buy one. But hopefully we can have some reviews soon.
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