Vortex's newest 75% keyboard, the 83-key Race 3! Do you need dedicated arrow keys that your 60% doesn't provide, but don't want the size of a TKL? A 75% may be just for you! Most of the keys are in the "normal" spot, so there's nearly no learning curve for this keyboard.
The Race 3 features a silver anodized CNC case and cone feet. It also has DSA keycaps with dye-sub legends in a vintage grey colorway with 19 extra RGBY and MAC keycaps.
3 programmable layers on top of the default layer. Assembled in Taiwan.
Key switch damage resulting from the removal of keycaps is not covered under warranty.
Details and Specifications
|Physical Layout||US QWERTY|
|Switch||Brown Cherry MX|
|Keycap Print Method||Dye Sub|
|Keycap Print Position||Top|
|USB Key Rollover||Full|
|Switch Mount Type||Plate|
|Built in Audio Port||No|
|Built in Mic Port||No|
|Dimensions||12.21" x 4.73" x 1.18"|
|Cord Length||60 inches|
Man, I love this keyboard. The keycaps, have that perfect shape. All the keys you need are here. The brown switches are outstanding. It looks fantastic. This bored is an absolute win.
The Cherry Brown MX switches are really the way to go -- I had the clear switches on a WASD 61-key keyboard and I felt like the keys were giving me a workout because they were so difficult to press. The reds I had on another board were lifeless -- I couldn't understand why anyone would want those. But the reds were better than the clears.
I really love this keyboard. I had already been using a WASD TKL keyboard with custom keycaps for a few months (my first mechanical keyboard) when I decided to purchase this for use at work, so I had some experience with a keyboard with Cherry Browns.
This Vortex really raised the bar for me, though. The PBT caps have a much nicer feel, the aluminum frame is super compact and weighty, and the programming capabilities of the keyboard really work out well for my everyday tasks.
It's great looking and as compact as possible. Not noisy at all (especially with some o-rings).
The only downside is that you can only upgrade the firmware from a Windows PC, and my stock firmware wasn't working right with Mac mode. I programmed the command and alt keys to swap positions, though, and that made the Mac mode a non-issue.
It's so nice that a coworker went out and ordered one for himself only a few days later after testing out mine (though he is using his in Dvorak mode).
There are no DIP switches on this thing, either. Everything is done through keystrokes, which I prefer. The settings are saved, as well, so you don't have to redo everything once you unplug it.
One of the best keyboards I have ever used. I am in love with it.
75% is the perfect size as I have to use the Arrow Keys every few minutes to do tasks at work. The included additional color keys are fantastic.
MX Browns are amazing, medium noise and not enough click noise for the office.
The build quality is fantastic. I am going to get Vortex Race 3 with MX Clears if it ever becomes available. The included key caps are fantastic. No need to replace them. My Order arrived in Canada in 10 days. Very happy with the service from Mechanical Keyboards.
love this board so much, perfect size, great looks, nice and clicky without being too loud. caps lock has a LED to display status.
only downside is the micro usb connection as far as I'm concerned, I'd prefer USBC or even type A in this context. I worry about the long term durability of the connection but we shall see.
This board is one of my favorites. A lot of people complain about the non-standard top row but the keycaps it comes with are great. PBT, dye-sub, dsa profile, and the Mac AND rgby modifiers that are included add up to me not giving two hecks about a non standard top row. I currently just have the red esc and ctrls on and its beauty brings a tear to my eye. It feels as good as it looks, too. The construction quality is probably the best I've seen on any keyboard, and the cherry browns are probably my favorite cherry switch. I tried the screw-in feet for a bit but I prefer it sitting flat without them.
As far as non-topre boards go, this is my number one.