|AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Akim Green|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2013|
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Testing & Results
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.
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.