The “Retro Classic” from Azio is an exceptional keyboard that stands out not only visually, but also in terms of its features. In a classic typewriter design, it is primarily intended to appeal to friends of classic appliances and retro fans. After the presentation of the device, it received some media attention – the model should also be a real success in sales.
Therefore, we did not take it upon ourselves to take a closer look at the Retro Classic BT. What can the keyboard really do? Is the design really as true to the original and convincing as it seems? Is the device even suitable for practical use? You can read our experiences with the Retro Classic BT from Azio in the following test report.
Design and Workmanship
Once unpacked, the keyboard shines in all its glory. At close range, the Retro Classic looks just as true to the original and genuine as it does on the many press photos, which alternate between astonishment and enthusiasm. The fact that the manufacturer actually uses walnut wood or leather and implements the classic key design of conventional typewriters underlines the claim to want to reproduce a typewriter keyboard true to the original.
Those who have already typed on typewriters will be impressed by the look of the keyboard. Optically everything is really coherent. Please note that Azio offers the keyboard in four different colors. We have tested the color variant “Onyx”. In addition to this, there are three others available which sometimes differ considerably and lead to a different overall impression. Thus, the wooden version appears more rustic than the rather noble leather versions of the keyboard.
The different versions:
Overall, however, it can already be stated here that the design is the decisive argument for the purchase of the Azio Retro Classic. The manufacturer proves consistent work and does not break the style either intentionally or unintentionally – only the possibility of backlighting appears minimally inappropriate. We are therefore very satisfied with the appearance of the keyboard.
Also the workmanship does not allow any criticism. The materials used are all of very high quality. Depending on the version, walnut wood or leather is used. Not only does the keyboard look good, it also feels good. If the keyboard is turned upside down, however, the user must realize that it cannot do without plastic – the entire floor is made of plastic. However, since this is also well processed, we cannot derive any criticism from this. Furthermore, there are rubber feet on the underside which provide the necessary support for the device.