If you've been following our reviews then you should know that the majority of gaming keyboards we end up testing are mostly no-thrills models aimed towards gamers, enthusiasts and even professionals who place durability and sometimes even brightness levels for the keys above everything else. What if however you could pick a keyboard which combines durability with strong RGB key illumination and a good set of "useful" features? Granted there aren't that many such keyboards in the market today but more and more manufacturers do their best in releasing what could become a best seller especially among gamers and Azio is certainly among them. Their latest offering is called the MGK L80 RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and we've been using it in the lab for 2 full weeks already.
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Unlike some of the most feature-rich gaming keyboards in the market today the MGK L80 RGB model by Azio may not come with dedicated macro keys but that's just about the only thing it really lacks. To be more precise the MGK L80 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Azio is a driverless model that features Kailh brown mechanical switches (60 million actuations), RGB illumination for its keys with 6 different effects, N-Key rollover (NKRO), 4 macro keys (not dedicated), anodized aluminum top panel, dedicated volume control knob and keys and a detachable magnetic palm rest. Since the MGK L80 is a driverless keyboard that means you can record macros and control its RGB backlight directly from its keys and although we have mixed feelings about this (sometimes it's just easier/faster to use software) there's no doubt that some users will be glad Azio took this route. Also for people who are not into RGB key illumination Azio makes the single backlight color MGK L80 blue and red models with Kailh brown and red switches.