AZIO as a brand had made the most of the typewriter-style keyboards that had seemingly been all over the place a couple of years back. The company went all in with the Retro line, be it the Retro Classic, Retro Classic BT, or Retro Compact, and the use of premium materials helped put AZIO on the map as a more premium company, too. There have been a couple of limited edition Retro Classic keyboards since, but it was obvious that there was only so much left to do in this niche market. AZIO aimed to branch out with the Fokal last year, which is now called the FOQO after already having had its name changed from Iris partly because of us. I was not able to cover the FOQO in time last year, but now there is another, newer AZIO keyboard, so here we are!
The AZIO IZO may not be the easiest name to repeat ten times in a row, but it is catchy enough. More catchy than the name, however, is the design scheme. As with most AZIO keyboards, the IZO is going the Kickstarter route and has already met the funding goal as this is written. A lot is similar to the FOQO, so much so that I don't feel as though I am missing out on much by not having covered the previous AZIO release, with both adopting a 75% form factor, which some companies call an 80% form factor instead. The IZO keyboard is also part of a larger IZO collection with an optional accompanying numpad and a mouse in three vibrant colors aiming to freshen up your desk. Thanks again to AZIO for sending TechPowerUp review samples!
|AZIO IZO Keyboard|
|Layout:||75% form factor in a US ANSI layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, and steel plate|
|Weight:||0.8 kg/1.8 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-key rollover USB, 6KRO with Bluetooth|
|Media Keys:||Dedicated volume control wheel|
|Dimensions:||150 (L) x 320 (W) x 42 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft/1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||Gateron Blue RGB mechanical switches|
|Backlighting:||Single color white|
|Interface:||USB or Bluetooth 5.0|