Designed with a durable aluminum frame and genuine leather or wood, the Retro Classic is a beautiful addition to any workspace.
The Retro Classic has round center-lit mechanical keys tuned to be tactile and “clicky”, reminiscent of the vintage typewriter.
The Retro Classic USB comes with 3 different lighting modes : Static, Reactive, and Breathing mode.
Achieve an optimal wrist position by adjusting the keyboard tilt angle. Simply rotate the rear pillar-style feet to set the keyboard height.
The Retro Classic USB keyboard is built for Windows operating systems, and includes compatible media and hot keys for quick shortcuts and increased productivity.
Simply plug in the USB cable into any available USB slot then type away! The driver will automatically download once the USB is plugged in for the first time.
I've had this keyboard (the Elwood) for a couple of years now and I really like it, but it's not perfect. Maybe nothing is perfect? It is so beautiful to look at. The action of the keys is just right for me, resistant enough and clicky enough. It has functioned flawlessly. And when I sit down for a long writing session, it disappears under my fingers into an flow of pure sensual bliss.
On the other hand, when I'm doing ordinary office work — emails and such — it's a little less practical than more standard keyboards. This is because of the round keys. They are beautiful to look at. And they are designed as well as round keys could be, I think (each key is slightly concave to guide your finger into its center). But the circular design of the keys leaves a lot of empty space between keys, and this means that when you're taking your hands off the keyboard and then coming back to it, your fingers can easily slip into those empty spaces so that your keystroke hits the wrong key or multiple keys.
So that is my one complaint. I love it, but it is a bit fussy. This keyboard is not entirely practical for everyday labour, but if you value aesthetics then it's well worth it.
I've been both an IT Pro and a writer since 1982. I've build keyboards from scratch and have fixed keyboards from nearly every manufacturer on the planet. While there were a few pretty good ones back in the day, most now are annoying and some I just plain hate to the point of punching, throwing, or slamming repeatedly again the desk. Yes, I have a thing about keyboards, and mice too! I have big hands and started palming basketballs at age 12 so you can imagine the issues all those tiny, cramped, non-tactile, short stroke input device want-ta-be's have caused me over the years.
Knowing my proclivity for malice (he inherited the same trait) one of my son's gave me an Azio Retro Classic as a present. It was pretty, it was big, it was heavy, it was steampunk. Though I was skeptical, I switched over to it that very evening. Keyboarding is a daily practice and I spend hours responding to work emails, using clients keyboards at their location, doing personal correspondence and, once the house is quiet, working on the next great American novel.
Everything was fine the first few weeks after I got the Azio, then the troubles began. It seemed like every keyboard I touched, whether it was at work, at a client location or on my other computers, was giving me typos and gibberish. I set up my full-sized Apple keyboard at work to the same rake and distance that my Azio was at home. It didn't help. I thought perhaps I needed new glasses. I did, but they didn't help the typo and gibberish problems either.
It turned out that in just a few weeks of regular use I had become so attuned to the pressure, click and stroke of the Azio that subconsciously my distain for other keyboards was manifesting itself in an unusual way. Since I couldn't very well throw a clients keyboard across their living room or smash it to pieces on their bigger than my paycheck mahogany desk, my fingers just kept the spacing, travel and stroke speed I used on the Azio. Once I figured that out, things got better but I still hate every other keyboard I have to use. On the upside, the boss is getting me an Azio for the office. Now if I could just get all of our clients to do the same.
Thanks for making such a usable and fine quality product.