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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

Reviewing an input device is a necessarily subjective task, there is no standard benchmark that can be applied. It is important to note that any remarks about the device will be somewhat infuenced by the author's opinion.To evaluate this keyboard, I used it for a month to carry out all my computing tasks. These include: writing emails articles and computer programs, gaming, browsing the web, instant messaging, etc. I will comment on the comfort, functionality and performance of the keyboard and make comparisons with the corsair K60.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
  • System Memory: Ripjaws 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel i7 3820
  • Video: Nvidia GTX 570 SLI
  • Enclosure: NZXT Phantom
  • PSU: Antec HCG 900
  • Monitor: Benq XL2420TX
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Pro

Test Software

  • Eclipse
  • Open Office Writer
  • Code Blocks
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Crysis 3 Beta
  • Battlefied 3
  • Skyrim
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution

Results

The AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 is an absolute delight to use. I keep the keyboard at its maximum height and have experienced no fatigue or discomfort while typing/gaming for extended periods. It feels very solid and robust beneath my fingers. It is a little heavy and with the large rubber pads beneath it, it stays in place while in use. After a couple of weeks, however, the wrist rest started to lose its finish and became a bit smooth and glossy, but this is probably due to my sweaty wrists.

Prior to the MECH5, I had been using the corsair K60, which has red Cherry MX switches. I find that the MECH5 is more comfortable for long periods of typing, probably because it has a full wrist rest as opposed to the K60 that only caters to the left hand. I also prefer the Cherry MX black switches on the MECH5 over the K60's reds. They both register keystrokes at the similar levels of depression but the resistance on the black keys are perfect for my fingers. Whilst using the K60, I found myself accidentally pressing keys just by having my fingers resting on them. Sadly, after a few weeks of use, the characters start fading off the MECH5 keys but are still be visible.

This keyboard is very large. To give you an idea of its size, with the numpad removed, it is the same width as an average keyboard. In fact, in order to use it comfortably, I have to use the numpad separately, otherwise I find myself reaching too far to the left to type. This is not a big issue personally because I use the numpad mostly for calculations (conveniently, the numpad has a button that will open the calculator). I really like the dual function macro buttons: you can map the the A keys to a game and the Bs to media functions on the same profile. I have mixed feelings about the macro D-pad. For one, its position makes it a little difficult to use in heated gaming sessions. In its optimal location (right over the WASD keys) it covers the function keys F1-F4. This isn't a major issue though, as you can flip it up or take it off completely. In game situations I found it a lot easier to use the A/B macro keys to the left rather than reaching up to the macro D-pad.

In terms of performance, I have no complaints about the MECH5. It is superb for gaming. All the macros I recorded worked successfully, I had no issues with ghosting and best of all, no accidental key presses. I also noticed that the keys are a little less noisy than the corsair K60. It excels in non-gaming tasks as well. I have written many programs and a few articles with the keyboard and very rarely mistyped words or accidentally double-type any characters.



 

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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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