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AZIO MGK L80 Mechanical Keyboard Lineup Review

IMG_9335The MGK L80 series is the latest line of gaming keyboards manufactured by AZIO. Available in red, blue or RGB backlighting, the MGK L80 offers mechanical gaming comfort with a choice of either Kailh brown or blue switch mounted on an elegant brushed aluminum surface. The three MGK L80 keyboard otherwise shares similar features with a detachable magnetic wrist rest, analog volume control and more. As with any gaming keyboard, NKRO via USB is expected as well as having the ability to disable the Windows key while gaming.

Review Sample Provided by: AZIO
Product Name: MGK L80 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards
Price at time of review: $ 139.99 USD MSRP (RGB) | $ 99.99 USD MSRP (Blue) | $ 99.99 USD MSRP (Red)
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

As you can see from the packaging boxes above the design and layout of the information is shared between these keyboards. The description of features and some of the special options of MGK L80 line you can find on the back of the packaging. I really like the open face layout here. Nothing is hidden and features are self-explanatory. While looking over some of the specifications of these keyboards I came to find that there are no software/drivers that need to be loaded. These keyboards are totally plug-n-play.

That could be both good nor bad. On one hand, it is very convenient as its ready to use out of the box, but lack of software means there are no extra options for refined control such as programming back-lighting behaviour or assigning macro.

The internal packaging is the the same across all three MGK L80 keyboards. The actual keyboard itself was wrapped in a protective plastic bag and embedded between two foam C-clamps. The USB cable was nicely tucked away in the top section of the box.

As you might have guessed, there aren’t many accessories that came with MGK L80 Keyboards. The only other contents of the packaging were the key puller, a ‘thank you’ card and a user guide.

Specifications

MGK L80 RGB

MODEL MGK-L80-01
INTERFACE USB
SWITCH TYPE KAILH BROWN
BACKLIGHT RGB
N-KEY ROLLOVER FULL NKRO (WIN)
CABLE 6 FT. BRAIDED
OS SUPPORT WINDOWS XP, VISTA, 7, 8, 10
DIMENSIONS KEYBOARD / 5.8 x 17.5 x 1.4 IN
PALM REST / 2.5 x 17.5 x 0.5 IN
WEIGHT 2.3 lbs / 1060 g
BOX CONTENT L80 KEYBOARD / KEY PULLER / THANK YOU CARD / USER GUIDE
WARRANTY 3 YEARS LIMITED

MGK L80 Red & Blue

MODEL MGK-L80-02 MGK-L80-03
INTERFACE USB USB
SWITCH TYPE KAILH BROWN KAILH BLUE
BACKLIGHT RED LED BLUE LED
N-KEY ROLLOVER FULL NKRO (WIN) FULL NKRO (WIN)
CABLE 6 FT. BRAIDED 6 FT. BRAIDED
OS SUPPORT WINDOWS XP, VISTA, 7, 8, 10
DIMENSIONS KEYBOARD / 5.8 x 17.5 x 1.4 IN
PALM REST / 2.5 x 17.5 x 0.5 IN
WEIGHT 2.3 lbs / 1060 g
BOX CONTENT L80 KEYBOARD / KEY PULLER / THANK YOU CARD / USER GUIDE
WARRANTY 3 YEARS LIMITED
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3 comments

  1. Great review, based on your comments I picked up the RGB version on Amazon. Very happy with it.

  2. Azio has some decent keyboards, but for these prices I would hope for genuine Cherry MX switches. Or Gateron if they really needed to cut costs and still include a high quality switch.

  3. I’ve got the previous generation Azio MGK1-RGB-BLU MGK1 RGB keyboard and it simply a joy to use. My Northgate Omni keyboard (the primo king of mechanical keyboards, but the company closed its doors more than 20 years ago — so the keyboards outlasted the company), gave up the ghost after 25 years and I replaced it with a Corsair Vengance mechanical keyboard which, frankly, sucked (with the worst tech support in the industry — and individual replacement key caps were not available for key caps that wore out so badly you could no longer see what letter they were for).

    But then I stumbled upon the Azio MGK1-RGB-BLU MGK1 RGB and it has been a dream keyboard. Responsive, clicky, rock solid with a great light show — I can’t recommend it highly enough. My grand daughter wants the same keyboard for the computer I built her last year, but sadly it’s no longer manufactured. But this new model sounds pretty darned good. It’s too bad it is so narrowly distributed and Azio’s own website doesn’t mention any of these three keyboards reviewed here. Great marketing, Azio.

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