Details and Specifications
|Physical Layout||US QWERTY|
|Switch||Brown Cherry MX|
|Primary LED Color||RGB|
|Keycap Print Method||Double Shot|
|Keycap Print Position||Top|
|USB Key Rollover||Full|
|Switch Mount Type||Plate|
|Built in Audio Port||No|
|Built in Mic Port||No|
|Dimensions||11.50" x 4.00" x 2.00"|
|Cord Length||60 inches|
The Vortex Pok3r is simply the best introductory mechanical keyboard for those looking to upgrade from their laptop's keyboard or another non-mechanical board. The Cherry MX brown switches are a dream to type on, with the lightness of the blues without their noisiness. I chose the browns over the blues because I have a roommate at university and I'm glad I did; my roommate had no problems with the browns and I found myself tied to the browns over the blues after typing on this board for a week.
The Pok3r is very well constructed. Nothing is loose, wobbly, or creaky. The case is a heavy anodized aluminum which keeps the board fixed. The RGB backlighting looks very good with minimal light leakage. The configuration for custom profiles and different lighting effects is simple and straightforward having read the likewise straightforward manual.
A complaint for some but ideal for me, my board has a black frame with black switches but a white PCB; perhaps this was done to improve lighting. I changed my modifier caps to white, as I intended when I purchased the board. The combination of white modifiers and a white PCB completes my ideal board setup.
I HIGHLY recommend this board for anyone looking to get their first mechanical keyboard, especially because the 60% layout is compact, clean, and teaches the importance of function layers (at least it did for me).
10/10 Vortex. I'll be buying more soon.
This board is just stellar. It has a heft and quality to it that makes it really feel worthy of its cost. The browns sound and feel incredible - while I don't own browns on any other board, I hear they sound best in an aluminum case, and they sound pretty stinkin' tasty on this Pok3r if you ask me.
The manual is a bit confusing at first - just skip it and go to YouTube to figure out how to do the lighting configurations. Colors pop against the white backplate, and once you get the hang of changing colors around it's super fun and easy. I don't have any use for the programming function of the board, so I just set all four layers to different color modes. There are a ton of color options, so you could easily keep your color layout fresh for years and years.
The board is simply a delight to use. Highly recommended. So is toggling dipswitch 3 to make capslock another Function button. It makes using the arrows soooooo much easier. I also love that Delete is on both the backspace key AND the apostrophe/double quotes key. Means you can delete while never leaving home row.
It's worth mentioning, too, that Fn A, Fn S, and Fn D can control volume and Fn Q, Fn W, and Fn E can control music playback. This works in Windows and macOS, and in any music player. I use it with Spotify and it's great. Someone coming to talk to me? Fn W and my music is paused instantly. This isn't really covered in a lot of reviews and these controls aren't printed on the front of the caps, so I wanted to mention them here. Also if you're a Mac user, Fn [ and Fn ] adjust screen brightness. I'm still finding little controls here and there, but I bet most Mac function row key controls are possible on this board. somewhere. I hope to find them all soon.
Overall just an amazing keyboard. I preordered it two months before it came in stock, and it was so worth it. Love, love, love.
Fantastic build quality! Until now, I had never used brown switches nor 60% designs, and the Pok3r RGB has exceeded my expectations. But hey, pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir around here.
Anyway, pre-ordered and delivered as promised, so Thank you MKeyboards!!
I ordered my keyboard on 3/23/17. It came into stock on 4/6/17. It received it today on 4/13/17.
I will echo this previous reviewers statement about the build quality. I'm coming from a 2013 razer blackwidow keyboard with green switches. This keyboard has a wonderful heft to it that I don't get with the razer plastic keyboard. The pok3r's aluminum case is compact and sturdy. The brown switches are absolutely amazing. I did a ton of research about which switch I would prefer, and I'm incredibly happy with the feel and acoustics of these switches.
The RGB functionality of the keyboard is working flawlessly so far. This is really a wonderful product.
I preordered this keyboard early in June, and it came into stock on August 3rd
I received it today on August 18th. I was extremely happy with the shipping and customer service response.
The Quality of the keyboard itself is fantastic and love all the functionality.
Thanks for the excellent service MechanicalKeyboards.com!