Mistel first showed off the latest entry to their split keyboard Barocco series, the MD770, at Computex last year. The company had planned to bring it to the retail market later that year, and the US market at least got it only recently. The unit from the trade show has also undergone some small changes since, but has retained the vast majority of the feature set and is also available in multiple options. We take a look at a representative offering today, and thanks to Mistel for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp!
The Mistel MD770 Barocco is available without any backlighting, with RGB backlighting, and in wired or Bluetooth+wired options. In addition, there are two color options with a white or black base for these, so there are quite a few different SKUs before we even get to the various switch options. What is common across all options is the adoption of a 75% form factor in contrast to the 60% MD600 and 68% MD650L. The number in the product name is thus a good indicator of the form factor when it comes to Mistel keyboards, and the larger form factor here allows for a dedicated Fn key row in addition to retaining most of the arrow key cluster as it compares to a TKL keyboard with a smaller footprint. We will go over the MD770 Barocco in the RGB version in more detail in this review beginning with a look at the specifications below.
|Mistel MD770 Barocco RGB Keyboard|
|Layout:||75%, split form factor in modified US ANSI/ISO layout|
|Material:||ABS plastic case, PBT plastic keycaps, stainless steel plate|
|Weight:||0.8 kg / 1.8 lbs.|
|Anti-ghosting:||Full N-Key rollover USB|
|Media Keys:||Available as a layered function|
|Dimensions:||140 (L) x 320 (W) x 34.5 (H) mm (When joined together)|
|Cable Length:||5 ft / 1.5 m (keyboard to PC cable)|
|Switch Type:||Choice of Cherry MX Black, Brown, Blue, Red, or Silent Red RGB mechanical switch|
|Lighting:||Yes, 16.8 M per-key backlighting|
|Interface:||USB (for the non-BT version)|