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


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

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.