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Written by Akim Green   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard
Closer Look: AZiO Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard
MECH5 Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: AZiO Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard

The AZiO Levetron MECH5 comes with comes with the three attachable pieces: the keyboard itself (shown here), a numpad, and a D-pad. The keyboard utilizes the standard QWERTY layout in addition to 5 macro buttons, a window key on/off button, and a volume knob. The macros keys (on the left) have a dual function feature: they allow you to program keys A1-A5, and assign different functions to B1-B5. Pressing the A/B key will activate the backlight for only the macro keys indicating that the B macros are active. Pressing it again will revert to the A macros.

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The numpad is also fully mechanical and can be attached to either side of the keyboard or used by itself.

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The mechanism for attaching the macro D-pad is identical to a rifle rail system for attaching a scope; it slides onto the top of the keyboard via a grooved platform. It reinforces the notion that this keyboard is more of a weapon than an input device.

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When in use, the D-pad will cover some of the function keys, making them unusable. However, when not gaming, it can simply be flipped up out of the way or taken off completely.

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The Mech 5's height is adjustable to several levels, allowing users to find the optimal typing/gaming angle.

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Azio has opted to use MX black switches on the MECH 5 keyboard. Like other mechanical keyboards, the keys can be replaced with differently colored/textured keys.

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Unlike the Corsair K60 keyboard, the KB577U doesn't come with special keys for gaming; however, if you are inclined you may purchase the Levetron rubberized gaming keys available at newegg for $10. The image below shows the keyboard with the red keys from the corsair K60. NOTE: These keys weren't designed for the MECH5 and are therefore more easily installed than removed.

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This keyboard will use up 2 usb ports: one to transmit keystroke data and the other to power the built-in USB ports. The gold-plated USB connectors and thin braided cables add to the premium look and feel of the keyboard.

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Despite its appearance, the MECH5's wrist rest is not modular. This doesn't pose a problem as it is very comfortable and the ability to adjust to multiple heights remedies any issues. The finish of the keyboard prevents fingerprints and smudges, and is nice to the touch, not too smooth or coarse.

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It is clear that the MECH is built to last. The body is as rigid as it looks and there is virtually no flex. To top it off, it's also water resistant, a feature I'm sure many gamers will appreciate. In the next section we take a look at the software accompanying this serious piece of hardware.



 

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# RE: AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboardjex2013 2013-03-04 19:55
Cool! It's very affordable! I hope it will last longer than those cheap and low quality keyboards. Thanks for the info! I'm still looking for the best gaming keyboard in the web. ::
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# RE: AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming KeyboardArgos 2013-04-17 08:44
Reminds me of the Sidewinder X6. The same modular approach. And still no FPS Module. Another missed chance as far as I am concerned.

Also no back lit keys is a "No" for me. I think it is a weird feature to miss out on. I Don't get it. Those who do not want it can switch it off, but those who do want it cannot switch it on, if it is not there.

The general design of the X6 is more my thing also, but that is entirely of secondary concern.

Nevertheless if this had an FPS module (comparable to the Ideazon Fang I would still buy it immediately, because it would be one of a kind and truly useful to FPS/Action gamers.

To make a modular design make real sense you need modules. Only being able to remove the keypad is not that interesting. That seems hard to get for keyboard designers.
So I am still waiting for my ideal keyboard. Perhaps someday....
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