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AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard

Futuristic design for futuristic gamers

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 11.11.2012
Manufacturer: AZIO
Product Group: Keyboards
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AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard - Futuristic design for futuristic gamers
 

While the detachable numpad is a rare sight - we've only seen it in the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 - it's the modular macro keypad that make the Levetron Mech 5 so unique. The pad has a firm hinge mid-way, so it can be adjusted. It also comes with an alarmingly thin USB-cable which gets connected to one of the two USB-ports at the back of the keyboard.

 

AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard - Futuristic design for futuristic gamers
 

There's a plastic slide for the keypad at the top of the keyboard where it can be adjusted left and right.On the bottom of the macro keypad there's a support which rests between the regular- and F-keys, making the macro keyboard feel really solid. This also means that, depending on where you place the macro keys, it will cover the F-keys underneath, so you really end up with just two extra keys.

At the far-left position it only covers the ESC-key, providing the user with five actual extra keys.

Another problem with the overall layout is with the numpad sitting so far from the WASD-area. When mounted to the left end of the keyboard it looks like an optimal solution to get some extra macro-goodness, but in real life it sits so far from the WASD-keys (75 mm from the edge of caps-lock) it isn't really practical.

 

AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard - Futuristic design for futuristic gamers
 

The most fanatic mechanical keyboard fans will be upset to find that the macro keys on the extra keypad make use of rubber domes. The rest of the keys - also those on the numpad - are Cherry MX Blacks, but unfortunately only the macro-keys on the left edge have back light. For me it seems strange to have such a gaming-oriented keyboard with no full back light.




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