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||Silver 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|
Very well built, but I just couldn't type comfortably and accurately on it. I love the MX Silver switches, however. I might try the Vortex Vibe.
1. Silver MX feels great. I like it more than mx reds.
2. The keycaps it comes with are really nice, especially at this price point.
3. The extra (colored) keycaps are also pretty cool.
4. Being able to switch between colemak, dvorak, qwerty is quick and possible with the default keycaps as they are all the same profile.
5. The case is heavy, durable, very high quality feeling.
1. It stops working often. I've tried this keyboard on 4 different workstations varying in OS, including Win7, Win10, Mint 18.2, Debian 9. Swapped out different USB cables, checked connections; no luck. Sometimes I can go hours with it working fine, other times it will stop working every 10 minutes.
2. The two non-standard 1.5u keys (ESC/DEL) on the top row make finding custom keycaps hard.
3. Programming it is not as easy as it should be that other keyboards have achieved.
4. The keys seem a little too squished together (more than the product pictures let on to). I've got very average sized hands and I find myself clipping the wrong key often.
I was most excited for this to replace my daily driver, a Realforce 87U TKL 55g, with something lighter (MX Silver is perfect) but it's just too unreliable and the keys just feel too close together. The search continues, I guess.
This keyboard is amazing. Silver switches and dsa keycaps are a great combination. it feels very well built also and has a good weight to it. by far my favorite keyboard I've owned.