Where innovation meets classic style, AZIO, the company that brought you the AZIO Original Retro Classic Keyboard, is introducing a stylish, more futuristic follow up called Fokal, a vintage mechanical backlit keyboard that comes with a multi-functional control knob for ultimate efficiency. With the attractive combination of advanced technology and designing products with the perfect blend of elegance and performance, AZIO created the Fokal Keyboard, inspired by the iconic 1960s sleek rangefinder camera, to help users work smarter, without sacrificing style. The company is launching an Indiegogo Campaign to spread awareness of their highly anticipated and forward-thinking Fokal Keyboard, available for pre-order for as low as $199.
AZIO explores materials never used before to continue to make unique product lines that evoke a sense of nostalgia without sacrificing modern implementation.
The AZIO Fokal Keyboard has a stylish retro appearance and technologically advanced options allowing consumers to cultivate their creativity through the wireless, customizable features programmed into the control knob – a tool used to adjust lighting, multimedia and volume functions, and any other customized commands. The Fokal comes with 9 dedicated backlight colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Teal, Blue, Magenta, White, and RGB. With each color comes 4 different programmable modes: Static, Breathing, Wave, and Reactive. With so many options, users have the freedom to choose their favorite visual representation.
The Fokal Control Knob is a unique feature that separates AZIO’s keyboard from other competing models. Fokal’s Control Knob is multi-directional, giving users the ultimate freedom of use and customization. It is an eight-way control knob, enabling the top crown two ways of infinite spin control for volume, light brightness, or any other two-way commands. The middle section of the control knob contains a button for control mode change, and the third function of the control knob serves as a joystick with 360-degree control.
“We are a collective of bold and curious individuals who are passionate about developing inspiring, functional tools by reinterpreting iconic and nostalgic objects with our creative synergy,” said David Shiue, president and CEO of AZIO. “We honor the past while incorporating modern-day innovation into the tools we offer.”
Benefits of the Fokal Keyboard include:
- Innovative Function: Fokal is completely customizable, allowing the user to map any of the keys and knob to their individual needs. It enables the user to have up to seven assigned keyboard settings and is essentially seven unique keyboards all housed in one polished design.
- Futuristic Technology: Fokal easily connects wirelessly through RF or Bluetooth 5.0 and can connect up to three Bluetooth devices. The keyboard comes with advanced HID-IO software by Input Club. The control knob and keys can all be fully reconfigured within the software, and seven individual profiles can be saved all through the HID-IO cloud. The main keyboard and the number pad can also connect, either together or separately, to four different devices through one RF and three Bluetooth profiles.
- Premium Built Quality: Fokal is built with an ultra-durable structure of solid iron plates. The embossed logo and lettering are lacquer filled, diamond-cut knurling on the dial for better handling, and specialized locking screws at the bottom showing true craftsmanship. The lighting and brightness of the keyboard are adjusted with one touch of the crown knob. There are four different light modes, each comes with seven preset colors and one RGB mode.
- Long-Lasting Power: Fokal features the largest certified battery in its class, using Li-ion polymer battery in 5000 mAh capacity with a safety board to prevent hazardous situations and can last up to four months on a single charge.
The Azio Fokal Premium Keyboard does not only offer premium looks and feel but it also comes with premium features including full keyboard customization on its 84 keys and per-key RGB lighting. Users can store seven assigned keyboard settings on every 84 keys offering unlimited customization options. The Azio Fokal Keyboard also features wireless connectivity via 2-unit RF and Bluetooth 5.0 allowing users to pair the keyboard with PCs, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. The keyboard can be paired with up to four different devices and comes with three Bluetooth profiles to switches between devices in just a turn of the dial. The Azio Fokal keyboard uses USB-C connectivity as well for connectivity and charging. It packs a 5000mAh battery offering up to 4 months of battery life in a single charge.
The Azio Fokal Premium Keyboard is currently available at Indiegogo. The AZIO Fokal Keyboard is now available to back via Indiegogo with Earlybird pledges available offering a 25% discount off the recommended retail price. If all goes to plan worldwide shipping is expected to take place during April 2020.
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