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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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In use

 

AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard - Futuristic design for futuristic gamers
 

While the design makes the keyboard look rather cheaply made, in use it feels solid enough and offers a typing touch very similar to other mechanical keyboards with black Cherry MX-switches. Really the only downside the with the use impressions is the volume knob, which doesn't work smoothly. The built-in wrist rest isn't going to please everyone either, but for me it worked just fine.

Really though the real downside about the use experience is the lack of NKRO. In fact, the simultaneous key presses is limited to just six, which for a modern gaming keyboard is just poor.

 

AZIO Levetron Mech5 Gaming Keyboard - Futuristic design for futuristic gamers
 



Conclusion


PROS 
  • Unique ideas
  • Software
  • USB hub

    CONS 
  • No back light
  • Supports only six simultaneous keys
  • (The looks)
  • Award
    Bronze Award!


    So then, what's the verdict? Deciding on the score wasn't easy with this one, the Mech 5 packs plenty of rather unique features, which we always like to see, but all of the features leave too much to be improve. First of all there's the modular numpad - an excellent idea on paper, but the design of the keyboard means that when the numpad is at the left end of the board, it sits so far from the WASD-keys it's hard to reach without really focusing. The macro keypad is a really unique feature, but again, in practice it covers four F-keys, which could just as well be used for the same purpose. In the end you only get two extra buttons, which makes the whole keypad look rather pointless.

    I always appreciate manufacturers brave enough to make their products stand from the crowd. However, with the Mech5 they've just over cooked it in my opinion, you really have to love the looks to get one. Also if you're really going for those users who like the over the top gaming look, then why on earth would you make a keyboard with no back light?

    If you like the looks and don't mind the problems, just go for it. Personally though I'd look elsewhere.








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