AZiO Levetron Clicker Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
A Closer Look at the AZiO Levetron Clicker
Starting with the front of the box, we get an idea of what the keyboard looks like along with its features. It’s funny how AZiO has contradictory statements right off the bat on the front of the box saying it’s NKRO then saying it’s 18 key rollover. Either way, 18 key rollover is practically like NKRO for typical usage situations. Seems fishy… Let’s move on.
Here we get a full view of the AZiO Levetron Clicker and the first thing that will pop out at you is the large red rubberized WASD and Arrow keys. As a keyboard designed for the gamer oriented Levetron line of keyboards, this is fitting as typically the W,A,S,D keys are used as movement controls.
Additionally, you will also notice that for a mechanical keyboard, the Levetron Clicker is quite light, which may be a result of cost cutting measures. That said, if you need a spare keyboard to take on the go, the light weight of this keyboard would make it one of the more portable options out there. As you’d expect then, the keyboard’s body is made entirely out of plastic and is finished in a matte finish so there’s no chance of fingerprints.
One thing you’ll almost immediately notice while typing is that AZiO has decided to use a European style layout for the enter key. Unlike the standard North American layout which has a long enter key, the Levetron Clicker was configured with the standard European layout which has changed the location of the forward slash and altered the shape of the enter key. That said, we still get long shift keys and the left Ctrl key is actually a bit elongated, which is an excellent feature since most FPS games use the Ctrl button for crouching. Unfortunately, the right Ctrl button is shrunk for this to work, but personally I don’t really use that key so it’s not a big deal.
Taking a look at the bottom of the keyboard we see the inclusion of four tiny rubber feet. This is something that typically happens in entry level mechanical keyboards and is known to not provide enough friction to prevent slipping and sliding during intense game play sessions.
Taking a closer look at the stands on the Levetron Clicker we quickly notice that they are not rubberized. This is an issue since they do not provide enough friction to prevent slipping and sliding. Additionally, if you have a nice, expensive table, the keyboard has a pretty good chance of scratching it as you pound away at the keys.
The Levetron Clicker comes with a single USB connector that’s supposed to support 18KRO. I’m assuming since this is more than the usual 6KRO for USB keyboards, a PS/2 connector is not provided. Additionally, the cord is not braided for durability.
Removing a couple of keycaps from the Levetron Clicker, we see that every key has its own individual White Alps switch. These switches are quite different from the Cherry MX style switches that are more commonly used on mechanical keyboards today. That said, these switches are most reminiscent of the Cherry MX Blue Switches since it provides not only a tactile feed back but also and auditory one. What distinguishes the ALPS switch from other switches is that they bottom out earlier at around 3.5mm whereas the Cherry MX switches bottom out at about 4mm. However, the advantage that other Switches like the Cherry MX Blues have is that they actuate earlier at around 2mm, which means that experienced mechanical keyboard users will not need to bottom out for the key to register.