Don’t you think this is absolutely cool and beautiful? The backlight seems to have been customized to be located in the center of each key. In addition, since the light intensity can be adjusted in 3 levels, it seems that you can adjust it to your liking.
It is a perfect blend of modern and classic. Inspired by mechanical keyboard and vintage typewriter, it is the perfect desktop companion for writers, designers, and anyone who wants to have a more satisfying typing experience.
By combining genuine material and innovative technology in a classical typewriter-inspired form factor, we were able to achieve a new luxury in computing. We call it the Retro Classic Keyboard.
We wanted to incorporate natural materials that not only translates into higher quality build but also bring back the nostalgia of vintage goods that are personable to the physical touch and senses. This keyboard is not just about technical specifications but to provoke a certain tangibility that one can feel and connect with.
We specifically tuned the Retro Classic keyboard’s key switch to be tactile and modestly clicky, not too noisy yet reminiscent of the vintage typewriters.
- Operation Force: 50±10gf (40-85gf for total travel)
- Pretravel: 1.6±0.5mm
- Total travel: 3.6±0.3mm
- Operating Life: 50,000,000 Cycles
VINTAGE CLASSIC FUSED WITH MODERN INNOVATION
Q: Are there different backlight modes available?
A: The USB version has three backlight modes, Reactive & Breathing.
Q: Does the USB version of Retro Classic support Mac?
A: The USB version is designed specifically for Windows PC. It does work on a Mac to the extent of using any PC keyboard on a Mac. Limitations include the F-Hotkeys (Exposé, Mission Control, Screen Brightness, Multimedia controls) will not work and special keys will need to be familiarized. For example, Alt = Option, Windows Key = Command, Backspace = Delete, etc.
Q: What type of mechanical switch does use?
A: Though the physical color may be different, these keyboards use a customized Kailh Blue switch which is clicky and tactile.
Q: What other region keyboard layouts will be offered?
A: In addition to USA layout, we are in the process of adding United Kingdom, German, Russian, Nordic, Korea, Japan, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, and French.
Q: What's the material for the key cap rings and the pillar feet?
A: The key cap rings are electroplated plastic and the pillar feet is made of plastic.
WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING...
“I have a complaint about my Retro Classic Artisan keyboard. It’s so beautiful - such a work of art - that I have trouble getting my work done because I just stare at the keyboard. It’s just this classic piece of completely retro industrial art I can’t take my eyes off of. This is all your fault.”
"Hi Folks. Got my Elwood yesterday. It's gorgeous! Your product belongs in MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) or the Steampunk Hall of Fame. Thanks! More please..."
“Just got mine today and holy poop is this thing rad… the detail not only in the keyboard itself but the packaging, contents and the warranty card ;) had to buy another one for my other iMac so we can match now!!! thanks so much!!”
“The back light is such an added bonus! Great conversation starter at the office. Elegant, cool and functional. Love this keyboard!”
“Hey folks – absolutely loving my Artisan, which is getting many amazed comments at work. Very excited to hear that a matching mouse is planned – hoping it’ll be ambidextrous for left-handed folk like me…”
“Hello, I just received my Onyx keyboard and I’m loving it (this is my first Azio product). I want to congratulate you for doing this exquisite piece. On the other hand, I would like to ask for any update on the status on the unique backers plaque I once read about. Is there any extra info on that? Once again, congratulations for making this elegant keyboard (now I’m typing just because I like how it feels to type on this keyboard). Thank you very much. Keep up the good work!”
-Luis Felipe Meneses
"It’s wonderful! It took my breath away when I opened the box. So beautiful.”
“Hey guys, received my keyboard today and just wanted to give you props!! It is absolutely AWESOME!! Never had so much fun banging away on the keys. You guys did a fantastic job, really like the new ELEGANTLY FIERCE plate. I also want to commend you on the packaging, great job all around!! You can really tell when a company loves what they do, the small details do matter. Congrats!!!”
“Just got mine in and it is absolutely beautiful! Congrats on a job well done! I plan on buying another one!!!”
“Received yesterday and it is INCREDIBLE! I have never seen so many of my coworkers get so envious of a keyboard. :)”
“Just got my keyboard today! I am loving it so far. The keyboard looks like top quality in every aspect. Great job with the packaging and presentation as well.”
“I just wanted to say that I received my keyboard and it is BEAUTIFUL! Amazing packaging and beautifully functional. LOVE!”
"Thank you for a fantastic keyboard! I love it so much I fear the loss I will experience when it inevitably ceases working (hopefully later rather than sooner). Beautiful packaging, easy key switchout, great action, wonderful features. THANK YOU!!!"
-E. Francis Kohler
"I received my keyboards before Christmas & I love them. I’m using the Artisan & everyone that sees it comments on it, it looks amazing! It also feels amazing typing on it, I love the clicking feel & sounds it reminds me of an old typewriter. It’s also much heavier then I thought. I started taking online typing lessons again, I type fairly well but I really enjoy typing on this keyboard. I can say that this is one of the best projects I’ve ever funded till now. What an awesome job you guys did!"
"Very much enjoying my Azio Posh bluetooth keyboard :-) It feels lovely and smooth. It looks slick and refined. I can tell Team Azio poured their heart and soul into the production. It's incredible to experience first-handed the craftmanship and devotion that brought this amazing product to life~ "
"I just got my numbered plaque with all the necessary screws and its own wrench to replace it on my keyboard! Still happy and in LOVE with it. Thank you again for such a wonderful product. It was definitely worth the wait!"
"Keyboard is great! Everything about it screams high class. When do we get a chance to buy a mouse with the same style?"
"Hi! Just wanted to say, I am a very happy owner of an ONYX BT version. Fantastical keyboard to use, the look and feel is breathtaking. It looks fabulous in front of my iMac 27. I certainly hope that You will go on creating a BT mouse or trackpad in the same style!"
-Geir Th. Follestad
"mine came a week ago and is even better than i hoped, It oozes quality and class. A pure pleasure to type on. Only problem i have now is my mouse looks like garbage when compared to the keyboard, any suggestion?"
"So, after 5 Months and nine days I have my Exotic New retro copper/black Keyboard – WOW and WOW again I am actually typing this message with it. And more than worth the wait – Took about 5 seconds to set up as Bluetooth and is working perfectly. What a lovely looking machine and as promised the machine is made using beautiful materials – Do we get the Founders Plaque or not? Looking forward to hearing from you"
"Hi all, I just want to say a big thank you. Just plugged in my new keyboard. Amazing product. Im a film editor and use it my keyboard in my edit suite. My clients are very impressed. Thank you for an incredible product."
-Clay Lonie Jr.