AZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlight Keyboard ReviewBluePanda - March 28, 2013
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AZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlight Keyboard Testing and Results:
AZiO's Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Keyboard was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was tested in everyday use, surfing the internet, photoshopping, and of course some gaming. A keyboard is rather personal to each and every individual, so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one keyboard to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a keyboard through words rather than leaving it up to you to decide what a score of seven or eight really means. There's no guessing game today; here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Core i7 2600K @ 4.4 GHz 100 x 44
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z68AP-D3
- Memory: Mushkin 991996 Redline PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 8 GB
- Video Card: XFX HD 7970 Black Edition
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: OCZ Agility 3 120 GB, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit SP1
Despite how nifty the keyboard looks and the comic relief of the oversized letters, using the AZiO Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Keyboard wasn't as fun as I had hoped. No, it isn't a mechanical keyboard, and I didn't expect it to preform like one. However, I did expect it to handle use just as well, if not better than my junky Dell keyboard at work. Well, it didn't. Typing emails and even writing short to-do lists with it wasn't as simple as it sounds. Especially troublesome was the enter key, though all of the keys appeared to have the same issue. They seemed to bind up on the keys around them when being pressed. It felt as if the keys were overlapping ever so slightly to catch and say "no, you can't take me down without another". With a little extra force you could get the key to "pop" down making an audible "POW" sound, almost if you had just broken it. Really, the biggest problem for everyday use wasn't the noises or the overlapping, it was the miss typing caused by the problem. It seemed like every other word was missing a letter or needed some sort of correction. The keyboard and I quickly became enemies, and that Dell keyboard at work sounded more and more like a better option.
I'll start with the fact that I was fortunate to have a number pad. I often complain about keyboards without them, because, as an engineer, I prefer a number pad for numbers. With that said, kudos to AZiO for feeding my need, but again shame on AZiO for this ridiculous key overlap failure. I typically type a bit less when I'm working, but the occasional press or "ctrl + option" to get something done wasn’t as trivial as it ought to be. I did get used to pressing the keys a bit harder to overcome that issue, but it just didn't seem quite right. Nevertheless, this keyboard made it through the "work" of me writing this review all in one piece, which is a statement that has strong meaning coming from a keyboard smasher.
If you've been reading anything I've said up to this point in the results sections, you can take a wild guess at what I'll have to say here; however, oddly enough you may come up wrong. Although the issues of typing and using the keyboard like a normal person were exceptionally painful, the keyboard left little to woe over from a gamer's standpoint. Walking around with W, A, S, and D wasn't a problem and E, C, or the other common interaction keys didn't cause as much pain either. So when used as single letters or with a focused press, the keyboard seems to just work.