Vortexgear Pok3r 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - KBC Poker 3-61 Keys PBT Laser Etched Keycaps - Gamers and Typists - PC/Mac/Linux - Programmable [Metal Casing] Tactile (Cherry Mx-Brown, Black)
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|Connectivity Technology||Micro USB|
|Number of Buttons||61|
|Number of Keys||61|
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- ✅Tiny size ultra compact mechanical keyboard with 61 keys , Without F Raw ( Functions buttons) , without numpad ideal tor Gamers and Typist, Office and Home Use.
- ✅Arbitrary programming : 3 layers customization , Built-up 3 kind of layout ( Qwerty, Dvorak, Colemak ) the programming features of the POK3R have been significantly upgraded, every key is capable of executing 32 keystrokes . Full Anti Ghosting mode ( N-key Roll Over)
- ✅ Thick PBT laser Etched Keycaps
- ✅Robust Metal bezel : An aluminium cast frame ideal for gaming or typing long lines of code
- ✅ Detachable micro USB Cable ; Compatible with Windows XP / 7 / Vista / 10 , Mac OS , Linux (only needs Windows operating system to update firmware)
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The Vortexgear POK3R is the perfect solution for limited space in situations. It's integrating 3 kind of layout. Also features 3 layers customization options individually programmable key codes and LEDs, all easily set through what you want.
CHERRY MX Mechanical Switches - Allows Up To 50 Million Keystrokes Strong and durable, CHERRY MX Mechanical Switches allows at least 50 million keystrokes, making your keyboard a reliable partner for years of intense gaming & typing.
Solid Metal Bezel Case The most immediate change brought to the POKER 3 / POK3R is the replacement of the plastic case with a cast aluminum case.
Laser Etched PBT Keycaps Made from PBT plastic, every keycap features extreme durability, an unbeatable finger feel, and a high resistance to solvents.
Arbitrary Programming It features individually programmable keys with 3 layers customization options, all easily set through what you want. Enabled up to 32 keystrokes per key. All of your settings are saved in the on-board memory, so you do not need additional drivers installed on your computer.
Customizable Layout Built up 3 kinds of layout, the POKER 3 / POK3R also now comes with multiple layers pre-programmed, including Qwerty, Dvorak, and Colemak.
Plate Mounted Switches
The POKER 3 / POK3R have a plate sandwiched between the PCB and switches for extra rigidity, just like the POKER 2.
Cherry Mx-Brown: Soft, tactile and quiet
Cherry MX Brown switches are tactile-style switches, with a bump along the travel path that provides confirmation every time a keypress is registered. These switches are a balance between click switches and linear switches in terms of audio feedback provided and the force needed to register a keypress. They are preferred by gamers who prioritize accuracy over speed and users who enjoy instantly knowing whether a key was pressed.
- Tactile switching characteristics
- 55 cN operating force
- 2.0 mm pre travel
- 4.0 mm total travel
- No audible click
The four DIP switches on the back of the keyboard allow a user to quickly switch between different keyboard settings, such as enabling or disabling a DVORAK, COLEMAK or QWERTY layout , or even turn your Caps Lock key into an FN key . Or reposition FN and PN keys wherever you want on the board.
Solid CNC Anodized Aluminum Case
Constructed with a silver anodized CNC aluminum case, the Vortexgear Poker 3 keyboard is heavy enough to stay put, yet light enough to carry on the go.
There are four independent programming layers found that you can toggle through the keyboard, all of the custom keys are saved directly on the keyboard's hardware rather than requiring companion software to program it. You can have a maximum of 32 keystrokes per key. LEDs under the spacebar will specify which layer you're using after switching into it.
Laser Etched PBT
The keyboard comes with relatively thick Laser etched PBT Keycaps.
PBT is considered to be an 'everlasting' key, in that the plastic is very, very difficult to ever smooth out.
Keyboard Layout (Default)
- The Pok3r uses a 61-key ANSI layout, and completely standard key sizes. A
- rrow keys are accessible on the JKLI keys.
|Vortexgear Poker 3 - Cherry Mx-Brown||Vortexgear Race 3 - Cherry - Mx Brown||Vortexgear Cypher - Cherry Mx-Brown|
|Model||Poker 3||Race 3||Cypher|
|Casing Material||CNC Aluminium||CNC Aluminium||Plastic|
|USB Key Rollover||6||Full||Full|
|Switch Mount Type||Plate||Plate||Plate|
|Dimensions||11.60" x 4" x 1.4"||12.21" x 4.73" x 1.18"||12.45" x 4.18" x 1.65"|
|Weight||1.76 lbs||1.7 lbs||1.41 lbs|
Ultra compact mechanical keyboard.
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jokes aside, good keybaord. solid construction. the clickity clak is amazing. and the programming of keys on the fly is great once you get the hang of it. definitely recommend spending 20 minutes researching how to program keys on the pok3r. great for gaming and programming.
I did quite a bit of research on switch types and keycaps before making the purchase.
My decision boiled down to three keyboard options: Happy Hacking Pro, WASD v2, and this(POK3R)
Round One: Picking Switch Color
Before getting into the research, I had no idea that there was so much variation in switch types, it's a whole different world that I stumbled into. When reading up on the differences in switch types, I focused on finding one that best suited my needs. I'm a developer, I type A LOT.
I should have ordered a test board, but I'm happy with my selection. I narrowed down my choice of switch to the MX clear and the MX blue. The tactile response of the blue paired with the slightly lighter resistance ended up winning me over. Though the next mechanical board I get will probably be clear just for the sake of feeling the difference.
The blue switch is actually considerably louder than I had expected. It could definitely get irritating to whoever has to listen to it and imagine getting their fingers on such a buttery board. I'm considering creating a sound-foam bed to place under the keys to help insulate some of the noise; I'll update this review if I do. That being said, I do find the tactile-bump response incredibly helpful when typing.
On my laptop keyboard I was able to type as fast as 110 WPM, so I decided to test myself with this board. I took two text. First score was 120 WPM and the second was 125PM. Marginal, but still pretty cool.
Round Two: Picking The Keycaps
I really wanted a blank keycap set, would have been nice if this was offered, but It wasn't a dealbreaker.
The keycap material is what removed the WASD v2 from my list, I don't like ABS plastic. My old keyboard had ABS caps with a little texture, but the texture wore down into shiney sections within the first six months. Since I don't look at my keyboard much the shine really didn't matter, visually speaking, but it made the keys feel greasy. The WASD appealed to me because of the customizability of the keycaps, but without the option for PBT caps I ended up looking elsewhere.
The PBT keys on the POK3R feel amazing. Slight texture gives them a soft feel yet very solid. This really is a massive improvement from my old ABS keys. One drawback is the way that the keys are printed. The lettering will probably rub away rather quickly. I'll update after a few months of use. When it happens I will probably remove the rest of the letters on the keys manually since I wanted a blank keyset to begin with.
Round Three: Picking The Layout
This is where the POK3R really shines in my opinion. It is a very minimalist, yet familiar layout.
I shied away from the HHKP for this reason(and the price difference, the layout just wasn't something that appealed to me.
I have yet to use the programming extensively, but I have found it very useful so far. I considered looking for or even building a fully programmable board, but I really couldn't see myself using more than three.
This is one hell of a bang for buck board. It feels amazing to type on, and the build quality is great.
There are a few things to point out however.
Firstly the keys have some noticeable welding seams on the sides. Really doesn't matter, and you probably won't notice unless you inspect the board thoroughly, but still a fault.
Second, the micro USB port on the board has a little bit of vertical wiggle that worries me, and it's placed in an inconvenient location. These are not serious issue by any means, but they are the kind of lapses in attention to detail that I normally would lower a rating over were the product at a higher price point.
If you are considering this board, get it. If you are wondering if a mechanical keyboard is worth spending more money on, it is.
Secondly, spend time customizing the layer programming to make it work how you want. The programmability of this keyboard is one of the best features compared to other high end mechanical keyboards. Not taking advantage of it is wasting your money.
He recommended i go with the Cherry MX Brown and I absolutely love it.
I was worried it would be awkward to use a 60% keyboard, but it has made gaming much much easier, as it takes a lot less space on the desk.
Moreover, as stated on other reviews, the use of FN keys is super simple.
I have not taken the time to setup the different layers of customization as there was no instruction in the box, which i understand they provide online, but i would not knock a star off of that, because the overall built quality definitely exceeded my expectations.
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Currently typing this review off of my poker keyboard, I freaking love it. I take it wherever I go to give my fingers the love that they deserve when typing. As a PhD student I knew I would be doing a lot of typing and naturally this was a 'necessary' buy.
It has drastically improved my functionality when typing with all the little macros that can be assigned. After using this keyboard I almost hate using other keyboards.
As for blue switches, I have two keyboards one with browns and one with blues (this pok3r). I would recommend blues to any typing enthusiasts, the click is incredibly useful to make sure you know that the keystroke has been registered.
Overall I would recommend to anyone that is on the fence about buying this keyboard, its just worth it and you will not regret it.
10/10 would recommend (and am already tempted to buy another !)
A nice little extra is that the Windows key just has "WIN" on it rather than the Microsoft sigil. This is good for my blood pressure when I look down.
The compact size is a huge bonus - which was one of the main reason for the purchase.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2019
The compact size is a huge bonus - which was one of the main reason for the purchase.
4 years down the line, this was worth the 100 pounds I spent on it and then some. MX Clears are still my favourite, and with O-Rings placed on every key, it's a wonderful piece of kit. Would recommend to anyone looking for a smaller keyboard. Quality here is second to none, no doubt this thing will last me another 5 years at least.