AZIO Corp, or AZIO as shall be referred to henceforth for convenience, is a relatively new company to the PC DIY industry, with a USA-based presence and the name itself having a neat little story - AZIO stands for A-to-Z, Input and Output and, thus, the capitalized abbreviation that makes up the brand's name. As such, I expected AZIO to sell I/O devices, including keyboards, mice, and perhaps audio devices, and a look at their product list shows exactly that. Today, we take a look at their MK Retro mechanical keyboard, and thanks again to AZIO for providing the sample(s) for review.
The MK Retro is a nod to the humble typewriter. I will have to give credit to Datamancer for making the typewriter-style keycaps popular, but with the keycap set alone costing over $100, there was an opening in the market for AZIO to move into by introducing a whole keyboard at a more affordable price. The MK Retro comes in two color options as of the date of this article - black and silver and white and gold. This review will be for the latter, although I do have one of the former as well to show off in due course. So let us begin with a look at the specifications below.
|AZIO MK Retro|
|Material:||ABS plastic top and bottom panels, steel plate|
|Weight:||1.04 kg / 2.30 lbs.|
|Media Keys:||Available as a secondary function|
|Dimensions:||147 (L) x 455 (W) x 40 (H) mm|
|Cable Length:||6 ft / 1.8 m|
|Switch Type:||O ARMY tactile and clicky mechanical switch|
Packaging and Accessories
AZIO used a matte black packaging and put an illustration of the keyboard and the company and product name on front, and there are some specs with marketing features on the sides. There is a single flap in the middle to help keep the contents inside in place.
Open the box and you immediately see the keyboard itself. It is surrounded by shaped, cut foam pieces which will help protect it on most sides during shipping and handling. Below it and in another compartment lie the accessories that come with the keyboard - a user's guide, feedback/support guide, piece of microfiber cloth to wipe fingerprints and dust off the glossy finish on the keyboard, and a foam wrist rest. The wrist rest does not attach to the keyboard and is thus universally compatible with most full-size keyboards, and also note that earlier batches of the MK-Retro-01 (the black and silver) keyboard did not come with one. All MK-Retro-02 (white and gold) and subsequent MK-Retro-01 models will have it included.
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