Gaming and lifestyle tech maker Azio Corporation has released a keyboard inspired by vintage typewriters.
The Retro Classic comes in three colours – including black or white with gold trim – and can connect to Mac or Windows machines via Bluetooth or wired USB.
“We wanted to incorporate genuine materials that not only translates into higher quality build but also brings back the nostalgia of vintage goods that are personable to the physical touch and senses,” says Sam Li, VP of design with Azio. “This keyboard is not just about technical specifications, but also a certain tangibility that one can feel and connect with.”
The keyboard frame is forged with a zinc aluminum alloy, then polished and plated into a black chrome (or satin copper finish) to accompany the leather top plate. Hex bolts are added to enhance the structure and to add an industrial vintage element to the keyboard.
Through countless prototyping with different materials, Azio has decided to use genuine leather for the top plate, to give it a traditional, yet high-quality look. The leather top plate reflects taste, craftsmanship, and culture while emitting a unique charm that inspires.
The Retro Classic Bluetooth version uses interchangeable key caps. “We specifically tuned the Retro Classic keyboard’s key switch to be tactile and clicky, reminiscent of the vintage typewriter,” says Li. “And we customised each mechanical switch so that the backlight LED is in the centre of each key. This allows the keyboard to illuminate evenly and beautifully.”
The Retro Classic keyboard is available for pre-order on Indiegogo for a limited time. The wired version is priced at US$95, the Bluetooth version $110 on early bird pricing.