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Azio MGK1 Mechanical Keyboard and EXO1 Mouse Review

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Posted July 13, 2015 by Jake in Peripherals

Overview

Hardware:
 
 
Price at time of Review: $80 (MGK1); $30 (EXO1)
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Beautiful aesthetics; Solid construction; No-nonsense approach; Very affordable; Tasteful lighting effects; Full NKRO keys, Volume roller
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Rigid wrist rest; Lack of macros or advanced customization; Thumb buttons a bit thin; Minor differing tactile response on some keys; Lack of other Kailh colour switches
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Sleek peripherals that have the essentials covered at very affordable prices.
by Jake
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EXO1 Gaming Mouse

Let’s start with the Azio EXO1 mouse. Below are the essential tech specs:

  • Interface: USB
  • CPI / DPI: 1250 / 2000 / 2750 / 3500
  • Polling Rate: 1000 Hz
  • Hand Orientation: Right
  • Sensor Type: Optical
  • Backlight: White
  • Cord Length: 6 Ft. / Braided
  • Weight: 112g / 0.25lbs
  • OS Support: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 / Mac OS X
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.5in / 120 x 65.5 x 38mm
  • Warranty: 1 Year Limited

A quick look at the packaging reveal and sleek black box, complete with red and white accents, giving an indication of the colour scheme inside.

The Azio EXO1 is exclusively a right-handed mouse; it is definitely not ambidextrous nor symettrically identical on each side like some mice we see on the market. The EXO1 is fairly small and lightweight mouse, with somewhat of a basic shell design. The main hand area of the mouse itself is contoured, not angular or linear as some mice we’ve seen, but it still does have a natural position for the hand when using the mouse for long hours.

The palm area has the Azio logo in a cutout accent for white illumination, and while it’s a nice detail it will be blocked from view as soon as you put your hand on the EXO1.

The wheel itself is well constructed and tracks very smoothly without any noise. It is notched, however, for feedback, but it thankfully is silent when rolling. Located just below the wheel is a single button which controls the preset DPI adjustment, allowing you to cycle through the settings rather than up/down.

Moving to the side of the EXO1, you can see it’s reasonably well arched, and not terribly long. The two thumb buttons are easily pressed, although they’re just slightly thin. The thumb rest area is nicely textured to avoid slippage.

The bottom of the EXO1 features the optical engine that is capable of 3500 DPI, which should be sufficient for most gaming needs, particularly considering the affordable cost here. The foot pads are are a generous size, and track well both on cloth (slow) and polymer-based (fast) mousepads. I prefer a speed pad, but for those that like a control surface, the EXO1 handles it beautfully as well, gliding easily across

Below is a look at the EXO1 when illuminated. It looks sharp.

Overall it’s a very straightforward mouse, no customization options or programmable buttons, which isn’t surprising given the affordable price of the EXO1. It is comfortable, however, those with large hands might find it a bit on the small side.

Let’s take a look at the MGK1 Keyboard next.

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