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KBParadise Logo Is There a Huge Difference Between KBP V60 and Pok
By KBParadise
September 27, 2018
By GH @Hypersphere
@SeeYouSpaceCowboy: Good question. I have a Pok3r with Cherry Brown, V60 with Gateron Yellow, V60 with Matias Click, V60 with Matias Quiet, and V60R with Cherry Green. They are alike in many respects, but there are some features that are unique to one or the other.

For example, the Pok3r has an aluminum case, which many folks find appealing. However, once the keyboard is on my desk, I don't notice the heavier weight of the Pok3r. All of my keyboards in the above list are black, and so I also don't notice any difference in appearance of the cases. The main difference is in the sound. To me, the hollow plastic case of the V60 boards sounds better than the aluminum case. I have come to the same conclusion by transplanting the innards of one board from a plastic case into a Pok3r aluminum case and vice-versa, to ensure that I am comparing the sound when the only variable is the case.

The Pok3r has modified Cherry stabilizers that feel somewhat less mushy to me than the Cherry stabilizers in the Cherry mx or clone V60 boards. I prefer the feel of the Costar-type stabilizers in the Matias-switch V60 boards over any of the other boards in this group.

My Pok3r came with laser-etched PBT keycaps, which felt better than the laser-etched ABS keycaps on the V60R, but I ended up replacing the caps on all of the boards with dye-sub PBT alphas and blank black modifiers and spacebars.

The switch options on the Pok3r are limited to Cherry mx, whereas V60 models include Cherry mx, Gateron, Kailh, Matias, and Fukka.

Because my preferred layout is HHKB, in a non-HHKB board, it is important to me to have programming options to reconfigure the layout to HHKB. The Pok3r has extensive programming options, but it is not completely programmable, and I was unable to find a straightforward way of remapping the R_Ctrl to Fn, which is the way I remap other keyboards. This is where the V60R comes out ahead -- it is completely programmable via QMK firmware.

If you are okay with Cherry mx switches and highly flexible remapping but not total programmability, then the Pok3r is probably the better value. However, if you would like more switch options, the V60 could provide those. If you would also like to have full programmability, then the V60R or V60R Polestar offers this. The V60 Polestar version adds LED underglow effects.
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