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Ambling about a sea of graphics cards, monitors and RGB headphones on the crowded
show floor in Taiwan, I was stopped in my tracks by this keyboard from Azio.
The Retro Compact Keyboard is a mechanical
keyboard made with genuine leather and a copper brushed metal frame. It has a battery life of around nine months, Azio says, or one to two months if you keep its white backlights engaged.
It comes in four colors: artisan (pictured above), gunmetal, posh and one that swaps leather with wood, called Elwood. I briefly field-tested it and, though it's certainly unusual, with particularly deep, squishy-feeling keys, it's something I could get used to. If you're opposed to mechanical keyboards, though, this one isn't for you.
As you can see in one of those photos, there's a mouse companion, priced at $99, for these keyboards. It's also made out of genuine leather, but there's no wooden Elwood edition. We don't have the technology yet.
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