AZiO Levetron Clicker Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review
Testing the AZiO Levetron Clicker
The first test I subjected the Levetron Clicker to was First Person Shooters (FPS) gaming by playing some fast paced Left 4 Dead 2. Overall, I found that the Levetron Clicker performed rather well here. The larger rubberized WASD keys felt very grippy during game play and allowed me to side step masses of undead with ease and swiftness. Additionally, the large sized Ctrl button is especially noticeable here as well. In addition there was absolutely no ghosting seen during game play and all actions whether it was cleaving the head of a zombie with an ax or throwing a jar of boomer vial were performed instantaneously.
Test 2: StarCraft II
For my second test we pitted the Levetron Clicker against a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game. Like our FPS tests I saw absolutely no ghosting through my play through on StarCraft II. I personally enjoyed the tactile and auditory feedback as I smashed buttons down in a race to build the fastest army.
Test 3: Marvel vs Capcom / King of Fighters XIII
Here is where most entry level keyboards have encountered issues in the past. Since most non-mechanical keyboards usually support 4-6 simultaneous key presses they often run into issues on fighting games, the Levetron Clicker actually supports up to 18KRO so I had no issues whatsoever here even with two players madly button mashing keys away.
Test 4: Typing Test
Having never had the opportunity to test out Alps Switches, I was really eager to test the typing performance of the Levetron Clicker. In order to conduct my tests I used this touch typing test site and proceeded to perform a typing test with my laptop’s keyboard (Dell Studio XPS13, possibly the worst case scenario) followed by a new test using the Levetron Clicker. So that the results would be accurate I performed these test 3 times and the results are below. If you want to know how fast you type, feel free to try it out for yourself after you have finished reading this review… of course.
As you can see from my testing above, my overall speed improved by 15% and my typing using the Levetron Clicker has improved more than what I’ve seen from Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Red and Cherry MX Black keyswitches. For comparison, I had a 5.75% speed improvement by switching to Cherry MX Blacks and averaged an 11% improvement on Cherry MX Browns.
I’ll attribute this performance improvement in my typing speed to having both the auditory and tactile feedback. Additionally, I’ve discussed this with the Editor-in-Chief, Sam, and we are in agreement that Cherry MX Blue style switches with both the auditory and tactile feedback like what we’re seeing here with the White ALPS style switch is our favorite choice for typists.
Test 5: Key Rollover
After having positive test results on the fighting game tests I decided to find out the true X Key Rollover capabilities of the Levetron Clicker. To my surprise, I found that the Levetron Clicker really has about 8KRO. This means that you will be able to hit any 8 keys down and they will register instantaneously however once you add a 9th or 10th absolutely nothing will show up. 8KRO is still way more that enough for the average user who typically will at most hit 3 keys simultaneously CTRL + ALT + DEL. *hehe* Seriously though, if it has even the standard 6 key rollover, I think it’s enough for most users out there. That said, I am a bit bummed 18 key rollover is advertised when it’s actually only 8. Dealbreaker? Depends on you I guess, but it passed all my testing until this last one without any issues.