The Retro Classic Mechanical Keyboard
Laura Lee - March 18, 2018


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Out of all the vintage-inspired mechanical keyboards, the Azio Retro Classic sure is not the cheapest out there. However it’s without a doubt the most impressive.  With clicky and deep keystrokes, leather or wood paneling and a rechargeable battery, the Retro Classic will seriously please typists that mean business.


For those old souls with money to spend, the Bluetooth-enabled keyboard is available for $220.  It supports Windows and Mac, connects to USB and Bluetooth, is rechargeable and has custom mechanical switches.



In it’s design, it offers a punk vibe with its zine frame and walnut wood surface.  Retro Classic is bolted onto the main panel, right above the directional keys.  And of course just one version of this device wouldn’t be enough, that’s why there’s three Retro Classic models, the Posh, Artisan and the Onyx with have chrome and copper frames, and black or white leather instead of the wood.


The battery promises about a month of battery power between charges, and can be extended to about a year if you dim the key backlighting.  The keyboard is surely a dream for die-hard typists, with a deeply satisfying, incredibly loud sound.  Your neighbors on the other hand will probably be a little less pleased.