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Azio MGK1-RGB keyboard review

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Azio MGK1-RGB keyboard review

Azio MGK1-RGB

Azio MGK1-RGB
8.54

Build Quality

9/10

    Switches

    8/10

      LEDs

      9/10

        Keycaps

        9/10

          Overall Aesthetic

          9/10

            Pros

            • Very customizable RGB backlighting
            • Excellent dedicated media control
            • Lots of useful hotkeys
            • Sleek and professional looking gaming keyboard

            Cons

            • Not Cherry MX switches
            • LEDs are the brightest we've seen

             

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            Azio MGK1-RGB Feature Overview

            • Kailh Blue mechanical switches.
            • RGB backlit keys.
            • Dedicated volume controls.
            • Detachable wrist-rest
            • Aluminum top face plate.

            The Azio MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard is an affordable RGB mechanical keyboard in a full-sized layout. It comes with Kailh Blue switches, which are similar to Cherry MX Blue switches.

             

            Azio MGK1-RGB Unboxing

            azio mgk1-rgb box

            The Azio MGK1-RGB mechanical keyboard comes in pretty good looking packaging. The back of the box lists its features.

            azio MGK1-RGB unboxed

            Here’s all the contents of the box unpacked. We have one mechanical keyboard, one detachable wrist-rest, a user guide, and a keycap puller. No software required!

            azio mgk1-rgb side view

            From the side of the keyboard, you can see the raised switches which are plate-mounted. The ergonomics of this keyboard are great. You can see the top metal panel of the keyboard curves around the back, and the side textured panel is plastic.

            azio mgk1 rgb bottom of keyboard

            The bottom of the keyboard has ample rubber pads for traction, as does the wrist-rest. Legs to the keyboard flip out as if desired.

             

            Azio MGK1-RGB Keys and Switches

            azio mgk1-rgb keys

            The Azio MGK1-RGB has a unique font on the keys, it’s very boxy and sci-fi looking. The Function icons on the keys have white backgrounds and stick out quite a bit, maybe to the point of being distracting.

            azio mgk1-rgb keys closer shot

            On the navigation and arrow keys, you’ll find the function controls for backlights. You use the navigation keys to change the backlight setting, and the up and down arrow can be used to change the LED brightness.

            azio mgk1-rgb kailh switch

            The LEDs are top-mounted on the Kailh Blue switches. Unlike the HAVIT RGB mechanical keyboard, the switch housing isn’t clear, so the light doesn’t spill out below the keycaps as much. Below is a video of this keyboard in action so you can hear how the switches sound.

            Overall, these switches are similar to Cherry MX Blues. They’re loud, clickly, and tactile. While not as nice as Cherry MX switches, I haven’t had any issues with these Kailh Blue. The big question will be if they are as reliable as Cherry MX switches, which is a question that would take years to answer.

            azio mgk1-rgb media control

            Right above the numpad, there’s a Mute button and a textured scroll wheel to quickly adjust volume as desired. This is a nice feature you usually don’t see in keyboards of this price range.

             

            Azio MGK1-RGB Backlighting

            With RGB mechanical keyboards, there’s two main categories you’ll find. More expensive RGB keyboards produced by companies like Razer and Corsair have advanced lighting features and software that goes along with them. For more affordable RGB keyboards, you give up customization in exchange for saving money.

            azio mgk1-rgb lights

            As far as this cheaper variety of RGB keyboards go, the Azio MGK1-RGB is very customizable. There’s 6 different lighting modes which I’ll go over now.

            • Spectrum Cycling – lights the keyboard in a single color and cycles through all possible colors. Unlike many other cheaper RGB keyboards, the keys don’t fade out between changing colors which is nice. You can also change the speed at which the colors cycle.
            • Splash – this mode has a variety of sub-modes that all exist various different ways of colors splashing across the keys. You’ll have to watch the video below to get a better idea!
            • Wave – the colors move across the keyboard in a subtle gradient. You can change the direction of the movement, but not the speed.
            • Color Marquee – Similar to Wave mode, but with the entire spectrum of colors displayed and moving across the keyboard at once. You can change the direction of the movement.
            • Custom – This mode lets you individually set the key color to one of 7 presets.
            • Reactive – You can set this mode to one of 7 preset colors, then on each keystroke the key will light up and gently fade out.

             

            Azio MGK1-RGB Overall Verdict

            Overall the Azio MGK1-RGB is an excellent and affordable RGB mechanical keyboard that comes with a lot of great extras that you don’t often see in this price range. The detachable wrist-rest, dedicated media controls, and braided USB cable are all nice touches that are appreciated.

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