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[Canada Computers] Azio Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard $99.99 (Reg: $129.99, 23% off)

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[Canada Computers] Azio Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard $99.99 (Reg: $129.99, 23% off)

Fun mechanical keyboard for enthusiastic typists like me :)
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terrible keyboard. looks cool but very not practical. i tried a demo one at a canada computers. your fingers cannot glide from one key to another due to the shape of the key and the gap between the keys. so what happens is that you're spending extra time lifting your fingers and travelling to the next key.

there's a reason all keyboards are designed square and the edge of one key reaches to the edge of the next one.
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The item number says MK Retro, but the description and images are the Retro Classic, which is a higher-end model. Any idea which it is?

EDIT: This is not the Classic. It does not have leather and looks a bit cheaper.
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RedFlagRobot wrote: The item number says MK Retro, but the description and images are the Retro Classic, which is a higher-end model. Any idea which it is?

EDIT: This is not the Classic. It does not have leather and looks a bit cheaper.
This one is the plastic one. I just tried it out and it's not leather or anything. Just plain black.
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Sicklyslick wrote: terrible keyboard. looks cool but very not practical. i tried a demo one at a canada computers. your fingers cannot glide from one key to another due to the shape of the key and the gap between the keys. so what happens is that you're spending extra time lifting your fingers and travelling to the next key.

there's a reason all keyboards are designed square and the edge of one key reaches to the edge of the next one.
I recalled reading somewhere that the early mechanical typewriter keys were designed as such so that the typist could not type too fast, because typing too fast would jam the letter strikers, that is the blades which rise up and strikes the ink ribbon and the paper as the keys are pressed. The blade that rises up and strikes the paper needs time to fall back to its resting position before the next blade for another letter comes up to strike.

So if it is very hard to type fast with this retro design, then it works as it was designed.
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Sicklyslick wrote: terrible keyboard. looks cool but very not practical. i tried a demo one at a canada computers. your fingers cannot glide from one key to another due to the shape of the key and the gap between the keys. so what happens is that you're spending extra time lifting your fingers and travelling to the next key.

there's a reason all keyboards are designed square and the edge of one key reaches to the edge of the next one.
Yes, but that's not the point of this keyboard. That doesn't make it terrible; that just makes it not for you.
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slomoo wrote: I recalled reading somewhere that the early mechanical typewriter keys were designed as such so that the typist could not type too fast, because typing too fast would jam the letter strikers, that is the blades which rise up and strikes the ink ribbon and the paper as the keys are pressed. The blade that rises up and strikes the paper needs time to fall back to its resting position before the next blade for another letter comes up to strike.

So if it is very hard to type fast with this retro design, then it works as it was designed.
It was the QWERTY design that was designed in such a way to reduce jamming by spreading out the most commonly pressed keys. I don't know if square buttons on a mechanical typewriter would make much of a difference speed-wise.

Mobilesyrup had a review of the upscale brass and leather Azio retro keyboard here:
https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/04/01/azio ... -keyboard/
I absolutely love the looks of this one but find it hard to justify spending $280 on a keyboard especially since I'd have to change out my PC case and other peripherals to match the steampunk theme.
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kon_kat wrote: It was the QWERTY design that was designed in such a way to reduce jamming by spreading out the most commonly pressed keys. I don't know if square buttons on a mechanical typewriter would make much of a difference speed-wise.
Most of newer model electrical typewriters, which have a way to prevent jam, have square keys that are close to each other.

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can't believe i threw out an IBM Model M 20years ago.. still mad at myself for that
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slomoo wrote: I recalled reading somewhere that the early mechanical typewriter keys were designed as such so that the typist could not type too fast, because typing too fast would jam the letter strikers, that is the blades which rise up and strikes the ink ribbon and the paper as the keys are pressed. The blade that rises up and strikes the paper needs time to fall back to its resting position before the next blade for another letter comes up to strike.
Yep, that's exactly what they did. I'm sure for those who had to use them everyday the electric typewriter (which solved this problem) was the invention of the century.
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I used one keyboard like this in-store, after a good minute I wanted to throw it into the sun.

Hot garbage.
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