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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

Gaming Keyboard Final Thoughts

I really like this keyboard. I love its menacing design. I'm very pleased with the stiffness of the keys and how robust and rigid it feels. It would've been nice if the entire keyboard was back-lit instead of only dual-function macro keys. I also think that the replacement keys should've been included with the MECH5, as they are with other keyboards in the same price range.

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I would've like to see dedicated media keys as they appear on the K60, K90 and other popular gaming keybaords. Apart from it massive size, the wrist rest getting smooth and the fading marks on the keys, I have no major qualms with this piece of hardware. After using it for a while I found it hard to go back to my corsair K60.

AZiO Levetron MECH5 Conclusion

The MECH 5 performs well in both gaming and productivity environments. In my opinion, MX black switches offer just the right amount of resistance for a good gaming experience. In typing large documents I never found myself double-typing any keys as I did with the MX switches on the K60. Macros were easy to create and worked without any hitches.

My favourite thing about this keyboard is the way it looks. The design reflects the purpose of this keyboard: it is clear at first glance that it was designed for some serious gaming. The MECH5 sports a non-glossy black finish with red highlights. The dual function macro keys sit over a very cool red light.

The MECH 5 is very well built. It has a very satisfying weight and has very large rubber pads beneath that prevent it from moving. The non-glossy finish prevents any fingerprints or smudges but the wrist rest will start to lose its texture after a while. Similarly, the markings on the keys will start to fade and probably will eventually come off.

This keyboard may be too big for the liking of some, especially those with limited desk space. It is otherwise quite flexible with multiple height adjustment and the option to place the numpad on either side. AZiO have managed to save some space with its dual function macros keys that are easily programmable through the light weight, straightforward software. The MX black swicthes are excellent for gaming and other computing tasks, they offer a near perfect amount of resistance that makes for efficient typing/gaming without accidental key presees.

As of late February 2013, the AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 cost $109.99 (Amazon / NewEgg). This price may seem like a lot to pay for a keyboard, but the MECH5 is worth every penny. It's built with high quality materials and feels very durable. It would be an even sweeter deal if AZiO had included the replacement gaming keys instead of selling them separately.

The MECH is honestly one of the best keyboards I have had the opportunity to use and I would easily recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their gaming experience with a quality gaming keyboard.

Pros:Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award

+ Simple, but good looking design
+ Fully mechanical modular numpad
+ Allows multiple height adjustment
+ Dual function macro keys reduces the number of needed profiles
+ MX black keys great for gaming and typing

Cons:

- Very large
- Marks on keys will start to fade
- Wrist rest will start to get smooth and reflective

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 8.50
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 8.90 out of 10.

COMMENT QUESTION: What do you like most about the AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard?

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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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