The MGK L80 line of mechanical gaming keyboards really does turn heads with its brushed aluminum plate and mix of contemporary with mature gaming aesthetic. It manages to bring in some convenient comforts as well with its magnetic wrist rest which boldly claim to be “elegantly fierce” and an analog audio volume knob. Unlike the per-key volume control typical to most gaming keyboards, an analog control allows for a more intuitive experience and much more accessible while gaming.
Currently MGK L80 RGB Retail for about $139 USD, levying a $40 premium over the non-RGB model which is actually standard for RGB products, hence its popularity with manufacturers. The non-RGB models themselves share the non-cosmetic feature with the exception of macro control so they offer a better bang-for-buck overall. Unfortunately, this market is very crowded and even at $99, a Kailh-switch keyboard is hard to justify. There simply are too many other options for less if affordability is a concern.
A software to provide more flexible controls of the RGB lighting would be a welcome addition as well. Aside from the look, what attracts most RGB users to the feature is the ability to truly customize per key color and the lack of software limits the creative potential on such a platform. While it is convenient not having to worry about installing extra software, it is inconvenient in that users are limited to cycling through presets.
Performance-wise, the Kailh brown and blue switches have proven to be decently reliable Cherry MX clone with its wider usage over the past few years from major manufacturers. These are both tactile switches so gamers opting for a more linear actuation are unfortunately out of luck. For those looking for a more productivity-friendly keyboard, the Azio MG L80 however is a solid choice, with its tactile switches, wrist-rest and other conveniences that make daily usage a lot more comfortable.