The company Azio has sent us the Retro Compact Keyboard (R.C.K.), a wireless Bluetooth keyboard that is particularly striking for its exceptional typewriter-oriented design. Whether the mechanical keyboard can convince only with its design or whether also the functionality, which can convince in Germany about 250 Euro expensive hardware, finds out in our test.
Design and Workmanship
The keyboard is available in four different versions, which differ in colour and material:
We have from Azio the dark version with black leather surface and a copper frame. The palm rest is also made of metal and genuine leather. The round keys also give a vintage impression, reminiscent of a typewriter. In contrast to the keyboard frame, however, they are made of plastic.
The workmanship of the keyboard and the included palm rest is impeccable. Overall, the keyboard looks very stable and high-quality thanks to the copper used and its high weight of about 1.6 kilograms. Our test specimen did not show any clacking, sharp edges or unclean gap dimensions.
Scope of Delivery
In addition to the actual keyboard, the scope of delivery also includes a wrist-rest, a fabric bag for transport, a plastic cover to protect against dust and an optional USB cable that can be used to connect to a computer and charge the integrated rechargeable battery. Azio also includes a cleaning brush to remove dust from the keyboard. Two additional feet, which can be exchanged for the keyboard’s pre-mounted stands, allow the height to be adjusted.
The additional keys, which are also included in the scope of delivery, allow you to customize the layout of the keyboard. No tool is required to change it.