DigitalArts: The Best Keyboards for Designers and Artists

The Azio Retro Classic is selected as "Best Retro Keyboard" by DigitalArts with a 4.5/5 rating.

"This backlit keyboard offers a classy vintage style. Although it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and the keyboard weighs a hefty 1.5kg, it’s an impressive, handsome design. It’s all about the aesthetics, in other words.

If you’re a fan of tactile, mechanical keys (although they might be a little cold in the winter), and enjoy transporting yourself back a few decades – or you simply want your studio desk to look enviously slick, then this is the keyboard for you.

Azio are known for their sturdy keyboards aimed at gamers and hardcore typists, but its Retro Class keyboard combines modern technology with vintage good looks. This keyboard is all about the detail, such as its circular keys and aluminium plaque. The keys are backlit, with LEDs centred under each key for uniform light across the board. There are four models: Artisan, Psoh, Onxy and Elwood (seen here).

The Azio Retro Classic ships with a Windows layout, but includes Mac equivalents in the box. Simply pop off each PC key and swap them out, toggle a switch on back, and you’ve got a native Mac keyboard."