AZiO L3VETRON GM2000 Gaming Mouse and AZiO L3VETRON Mech5 Mechanical Keyboard ReviewBluePanda - February 19, 2013
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AZiO's L3VETRON MECH5 and GM-200 were defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was used it in everyday use, surfing the internet, photoshopping and of course some gaming. Both a keyboard and mouse is personal to each and every individual so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – 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
AZiO L3VETRON Mech5 Gaming Keyboard
I'll be honest upfront with this keyboard – I didn't really like typing on it; not for casual use, not for work, and not really for gaming either. With that upfront let's talk a little about why I found it dislikable; however, I have to strongly emphasize that it's a personal disliking – you may still love this so keep reading.
Everyday use is generally filled with a lot of email responses and surfing the net, so it doesn't require too much effort really but somehow this keyboard made simple tasks seem effortful for me. It wasn't the weight of the MX Blacks (as I've just been using Greens recently) but rather the linearity of the switch that seemed to catch me up. I found myself mistyping things, missing keystrokes, and the keys just felt awkward to me. Somehow I kept placing my hands too far right of home row to start – it's a standard layout (if you don't count the Macro column to the left) so I'm not sure what was wrong with me. Even after using it more than a week – I found the same issues. It's odd; not really sure what it is, but I'm a bit frustrated at this point.
But again, I must emphasize that my idiot self is by no means a representation of yourself. If you've used Blacks before and liked them, this may be for you. Personally I enjoy the clickier keys over the linearity of Red and Blacks. I'm a MX Green and Blue fan these days. However, the comment on the quality of the key caps themselves from earlier in the review still stands – and in turn the cheapness feel really adds to the typing feel issue for me and likely yourself.
Honestly working and everyday use becomes about the same for me from time to time. This is one of those times. Planning a wedding and having started a new job after graduating, my computer has seen a lot more work than just the casual writing of reviews and hours of Skyrim it was once use to. So everything I stated above in the everyday use applies here yet again. However, I will add that having the removable number pad was a HUGE benefit. The size of the keyboard with the number pad attached left me deciding between my "adult" beverage and having a number pad. If you've read any of my previous reviews, you know I don't do well without a number pad. However, AZiO planned for me; the ability to plug the number pad in as an external allowed me to place it on my desk such that I got the both of best worlds: an "adult" beverage AND a number pad. Thank you AZiO for letting me get my work done the way I like to.
Though I haven't seen as much gaming as I'd like to recently, I did get to squeeze in a few hours with some of my friends this past week. A few rounds of Borderlands 2 and some classic LAN games gave me some relief from work as well as a chance to give this keyboard a whooping. Most of you know that I'm a keyboard smasher when games get the best of me – and if a glass desk did not prevent me, I'm sure I'd have many broken keyboards and mice piled up. I do have a few with squeaky keys and broken keys, but the L3VETRON Mech5 really surprised me. Other than the spacebar being easily removable – I wasn't "able" to break any keys off of it. The spacebar went back on every time without actually breaking – so not too upset there.
As for the actual game play, not the destruction of things, it was okay. Again, I just didn't like the feel of the keyboard overall and found even walking around in-game to be a slight pain. My hands naturally didn't want to sit in the "right" place the MECH 5 decided. I was always shifted right – oddly. The sliding six Macro keys at the top proved to be fun. If nothing more I was simply entertained by moving them back and forth (left and right) and making it click. It was easy to adjust them to where my hand wanted to be and though they weren't mechanical switches they were "normal" feeling to use. There's lots of opportunity here – just could use a little more quality, less flashy-ness, and some getting used to.
AZiO L3VETRON GM-2000 USB Gaming Mouse
This mouse I was a bit skeptical about at first – at ~$40 it seems a little high priced for what essentially felt like a cheepo Dell mouse. However, its light weight as a feature was surprisingly enjoyable. I swing from loving really light mice to really heavy mice and this as a light weight reminded me of the ultra-light weight shoe fad going around too. I thought it was honestly too light at first – though after some use I really started liking it. Surfing the net did arise a few issues. With three monitors I'm a bit picky about sensitivity if you can imagine. With three settings for DPI and no software, it took a little playing with Windows settings and the different DPI options to finally find that right movement. Once that was taken care of – the mouse was a new beast; a likeable one at that.
However, it was soon brought to another defeat with a cooperation issue. The back button on the side of the mouse seems to choose when it wants to work. Pressing it doesn't seem to register every time – though it does not seem to be any fault of the mechanical switch itself. It audibly clicks each time – but whether or not the computer receives the command is a guessing game. You could ultimately use it as a decision maker – "I'll quit surfing HumorTrain if the button works." For me, this resulted in a lot longer to goof off than intended. Besides this obvious problem, the mouse was pleasant to casually use.
Working wasn't bad at all – the only issue again being that back click. If the mouse seemed broken, I'd expect an RMA type situation, but it seems this is just the way it is. It needs pressed just the right way for 100% guarantee of a "press". Unfortunately my little hand never found the perfection and I resulted to just clicking more than the one intended "back". For working purposes I don't tend to have any macros set to that button so playing around in Photoshop or working through Excel files – the mouse provided me no troubles.
Gaming wise, my style is to run in shooting and melee the hell out of everything left. I'm not sure that it is really a "style" per say, but it is what I do. Precision for this isn't really a high priority for the last part obut killing more before getting in is often preferable. It was pretty easy to "point" where I wanted and I felt like I was actually controlling the mouse rather than having to play a feedback loop to correct for the mouse's habits. Clicking again and again, even though you can only melee so quick is what seems to happen in battle. This seemed to override the lack of response from the back button experienced prior. Though, I'd be a fool to rely on needing it to click for a sniper shot or some other time dependent function. As a game played by me –this mouse makes it out okay.