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Azio MGK1-K and RGB Backlit Mechanical Keyboards Review

Posted October 1, 2015 by Jake in Peripherals


Price at time of Review: $80, $90


Sleek "floating keys" design; Well priced; Clean illumination effects; Choice of switches on MGK model


Lack of advanced customization/software; No choice of switches for RGB model
Solid illuminated mechanical keyboards that have all the essentials covered and won't break the bank.
by Jake
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Features and Specs

Here are the features and specifications of the Azio MGK1-K mechanical keyboard:

  • Mechanical Key Switches (Kailh Brown)
  • Gunmetal Grey Anodized Aluminum Face Plate
  • White LED Backlight w/ Adjustable Brightness
  • Easy-Access shortcut Keys & Volume Wheel
  • Full NKRO over USB
  • Windows Key Lock
  • Interface: USB
  • Mechanical Switch: Kailh Blue
  • Backlight: White (Modes: On / Off / Reactive)
  • Cord Length: 6 ft. Braided
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs / 1060g
  • Hotkeys: Web Browser, Email, Calculator, Media Player, Previous Track, Play/Pause, Next Track, Stop, Mute, Volume Wheel, Win Key Lock, Backlight Brightness +/-
  • OS Support: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): Keyboard: 5.4 x 17.5 x 1.4 Inches / Palm Rest: 2.5 x 17.5 x 0.7 Inches
  • Warranty: 3 Years Limited

Nearly identical to the MGK1-K, the MGK1-RGB varies only in the type of switch (Blue, rather than Brown), and obviously the lighting effects (RGB, rather than White). Beyond that, the RGB model gives you slightly more of an accessory package, including a keycap puller.

Both packages are also nearly identical, with the obvious difference being the image of the product contained inside. Beyond that, the only differences are the specs noted above. The front of the boxes come in black and white boxes, with the front of the identifying the main features, while the rear provides more detailed descriptions.

With the exception of the lighting effects colour (RGB vs White) and the switches (Blue vs Brown), these boards are essentially the same in both a physical and functional sense. So rather than repeating everything verbatim for both products, we’ll simply focus on one, with the understanding that they’re essentially interchangeable (at least until we get to the lighting and switch section).

That said, the most noticeable thing about both the Azio MGK1-K and MGK1-RGB is their simplicity, even despite the audacious RGB colour scheme. These are not flashy keyboards at first glance. In fact, they’re excellent examples of minimalist design, with the grey gunmetal aluminum faceplate, giving them a refreshingly sleek aesthetic in a sea of what we think are often tacky “gamer” products on the market.

Both keyboard are also rather weighty, like most mechanical keyboards, so there’s considerable heft here. It’s a standard layout, and interestingly both have full N-Key rollover ability, meaning you can press a key and then keep pressing more and all of the hits will continue to register independently. Want to mash on the keys? Not a problem, as the Azio boards will register more keypresses than you have fingers available.

On the underside, small fold-out feet allow the board to be inclined for a more comfortable angle if you prefer. Unfortunately there aren’t any cable routing grooves underneath, something we’d figure should be standard on any “gamer” keyboard; keeping those mouse cables out of the way is usually a more important consideration.

From the side, we see how the keys “float” above the deck. It’s really quite stylish, and rather rare; most keyboards have thick edges which make things clunky.

The boards are are designed with fairly pronounced cylindrical key caps, and are very comfortable. The letter font is a bit larger than most and very legible. All the keys are etched for LED illumination.

In the upper right of the keyboard is a dedicated mute button and a volume wheel.

Note the inverted numbers and symbols; the 1 though 0 numbers are situated at the top of the keys. It’s a bit unusual but nothing terribly distracting. It does make the numbers a bit easier to see with the illumination though.

Across the top are the shortcut keys, including, email, calculator, media player, previous track, play/pause, next track, browser quick-launch. There are very slight differences between the MGK1-K and RGB models in terms of which Fn keys controls the various actual functions, but it’s barely noteworthy. For all intents and purposes, these two board look and act nearly identical. Except, of course, the switches and lighting. So let’s talk about that next.

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One Comment


    nice review. I have both the azio blue and brown switch model. Incredible bargains, snatch em while you can because they are getting scarce, especially the rgb model. Can’t bring myself to pay the corsair tax. Highly recommended.

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