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Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard Testing:

So now it's time to put this thing to the test. How this will differ from most other products is there isn't a synthetic benchmark that will show us how much better it is than any other. So the best way to do it is to put it too work. We will talk about it from a few different angles, such as how it feels in gaming, surfing, blogging, and ranting on the forums. Can you hear the train coming yet because I know this thing's gonna get loud. The funny thing about testing this, and like other reviewers have said, is the keyboard is something very personal. This keyboard could be my daily driver, where as another person may hate it, or vice versa. Nevertheless, I am going to type, rant, game, and bang on it for a while and land you some results. Cool thing is we have N-KRO, so a face roll is a valid test here. That is right, we found a use for that besides Rogues in WoW. To start with, let's do some web surfing.

Testing Setup: Intel Socket 2011 V-3

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3930k
  • CPU Cooling: Custom water cooling XSPC and Swiftech
  • Motherboard: Intel DX79SI 
  • Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Black Line DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800)
  • Video Card: NVIDIA EVGA GTX 480
  • Power Supply: EVGA 1000 watt
  • Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 480GB
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-RW
  • Case: Thermaltake Core X9
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

 

Before I go through and give you the downlow on the keyboard, let me just say this is my first mechanical keyboard that I have owned. I guarantee I will be objective and analytical about it, but your opinions may differ. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, it's surfing time. Maybe my ADHD will kick in full swing and I'll forget it's a mechanical all together.

 

Surfing and Everyday Use:

Surfing around and typing on the forums is relatively light use. I found that extended periods of typing were actually tiring. It was funny to me that being an automotive technician, my hands and fingers could possibly get fatigued, but it happened. Feels like I have been using a box end or 1/4 drive stuff all day. But the reality is this is something that has more to do with me than anything else. The fact is I am kind of a key smasher. This causes every stroke I take to be followed by an abrupt halt at the bottom of the mechanical switch. Due to the aforementioned factor and the aluminum floor of the keyboard, there is no love for a key banger. This is normal for mechanical keyboards, but some manufactures have optional o-rings to improve this condition.

I will state that having a volume wheel above the number pad is the most useful feature for web surfing or YouTubing. The light on, dimming, and light off function proved themselves easy and useful when watching movies or when night falls and it's hard to find some lesser-used keys. Without lighting, I have to resort to frequent use of the backspace key, which then results in me typing harder, and ultimately hurting my fingers more. However, because the softest of touches engages the key and enters your chosen character, over time this is hopefully something I can get used to. The accuracy is more than pleasing.

 

Gaming Use:

So I put it to the ultimate test by playing some shooters and a few other keyboard-heavey games. Since I started using this keyboard, there is only one disconcerting thing that I could come up with: there are no markings to be found on the WASD keys or anything special about them. This is often an added option on gaming keyboards, but I do not really consider it that big of a negative. With the accuracy discussed above and the sheer confidence the keyboard has no matter how hard or soft the key is touched, I was pleased. In addition, with the NKRO feature activated, you can rest assured that your input will get recognized. Even the face roll and keyboard slam gave me a result. This usually ended with the game being closed and several windows being open of random destinations, but for the easily frustrated folk out there, this keyboard is tough and bites back a little when hammered. I can't speak more highly of having a keyboard that gives me the amount of reliability this one has in game. 




  1. Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard Closer Look: Continued
  3. Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard: Specifications & Features
  4. Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Azio MKG1 Mechanical Keyboard: Conclusion
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