👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅24-02-17
Closer Look

The left-hand side features a row of 5x dedicated macro keys, along with a macro record button.

The F keys double as Fn keys, including various web based shortcuts, along with a media player and calculator shortcut. F7-8 act as brightness controls.

F9-F12 act as additional lighting controls, including keys for breathing mode, pulse mode, custom mode, or on/off. The insert/delete keys also act as a toggle between 6KRO and NKRO.

The Armato features a full size num-pad that is accompanied by some dedicated media keys for previous, play/pause, next, mute along with that red volume roller. The very top of the board reveals indicator LEDs for the various locks (Num, caps, scroll and Windows), giving clue to the fact that you can lock the Windows key by pressing Fn + Win keys together.

The side view shows off that red aluminium mesh, which looks exceptionally good, in fact, we should stop being so vague and state that it is more of a deep red hue, almost crimson. However, the side view also reveals that the top plate has some rather exposed edges, as it seems to be 2mm thick, there is some some flex if you catch or lift it using these points. The Armato is surprisingly low profile too at just 31mm high (1.2" ;), meaning that it should be comfortable for operation with or without a wrist-rest.

The Armato uses Cherry MX Brown switches in standard black housing, along with Cherry stabilisers.

The underside reveals little to note other than the adjustable feet and non-slip pads. Here we can note that the cable comes out from the side of the keyboard rather than the centre, which would have been a little more universal in regards to different desktop layouts, but again, this isn't any real problem.

Complete with the magnetic wrist rest, the Armato certainly makes an impression.

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