We got our hands on the AZIO Retro Classic Vintage Typewriter Keyboard for review.
Inspired by vintage typewriters and crafted with ultramodern features, the Azio Retro Classic is the perfect amalgam of past, present and future. A backlit mechanical keyboard with round key caps that evoke nostalgia of yesteryear complemented with durable Zinc alloy frame and a sumptuous genuine leather surface.
There are four different styles of the keyboard:
ONYX black leather with black chromed frame
POSH white leather with copper matte frame
ARTISAN black leather with copper matte frame
ELWOOD walnut wood with gunmetal matte frame (the one we have for review here)
AZIO TYPELIT MECHANICAL SWITCH:
• Operation Force: 50±10gf
(40-85gf for total travel)
• Pretravel: 1.6±0.5mm
• Total travel: 3.6±0.3mm
• Operating Life: 50,000,000 Cycles
What’s in the box?
The box contains the keyboard, a user guide, USB cable and a bag of replacement key caps if you only plan on using it with a Mac.
A Closer Look
When I first heard about the Retro Classic keyboard I was intrigued. I had grown up using a typewriter (yes, I am that old) and was used to the satisfaction of pressing a key and hearing it back that distinctive noise. I wanted to see if it would not only be functional as a computer keyboard but if it would bring back some memories. I wasn’t disappointed on either count.
Anyone who watches The Big Bang Theory may also have spotted Leonard using one in a recent episode.
The keyboard itself comes very well packaged, and also comes with a cleaning cloth and a certificate of authenticity.
There are two sets of switches on the back of the keyboard, one set to determine use with a Mac or PC, and the other to either use Bluetooth, USB or to switch off the keyboard.
Either using USB or Bluetooth was very easy, as was selecting a Mac or PC for using with. Within seconds I was typing away – in fact, I am currently typing this review on the keyboard and I love it!
Out of the box it keyboard has key caps specifically for a PC, but they are very easy to swap over with the Mac ones that come in the box if you plan on using it only with a Mac.
The mechanical keys are a joy to use – they have that memorable clicking noise when you press them. The keys are also backlit and that works very well!
The keyboard itself looks and feels like a vintage typewriter – in this particular case we had walnut wood with a gunmetal frame and it looks beautiful. There is even a plaque on the keyboard.
The keyboard angle can easily be adjusted by twisting the feet.
If you plan on using the keyboard via Bluetooth there is a rechargeable high-capacity 6,000 may Lithium Ion battery built in. If the backlight is switched off, Azio claim the battery will last around a year, which is some going! If the backlight is enabled then they say between 1 and 3 months usage depending on the intensity of the backlight. I have been using it for a number of weeks now and it’s been working perfectly.
There are LED indicators on the top right of the keyboard that show Caps Lock, Number Lock, Scroll Lock and Window Key Lock. They also double up for charging, battery indication an Bluetooth pairing mode.
If you want to take a stroll down memory lane and have a high quality keyboard then I can’t recommend the Azio Retro Classic Vintage Typewriter keyboard highly enough. I love mine and I will continue using it going forward.
The Azio Retro Classic Vintage Typewriter keyboard is available now priced $189.99.