Vortex ViBE Dye Sub PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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Vortex ViBE Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Cherry MX Black thumbnailCherry MX Black
Cherry MX Brown thumbnailCherry MX Brown
Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
Cherry MX Red thumbnailCherry MX Red
Cherry MX Clear thumbnailCherry MX Clear
Cherry MX Silver thumbnailCherry MX Silver
Cherry MX Silent Black thumbnailCherry MX Silent Black
Cherry MX Silent Red thumbnailCherry MX Silent Red




Details and Specifications

Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Frame ColorSilver
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
Hotswap SocketsNo
USB Key RolloverFull
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Windows CompatibleYes
Dimensions3.82" x 14.37" x 1.22"
Weight1.63 lbs
Cord Length60 inches

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  • I'm quite impressed with the layout. As someone who likes having a numpad handy but is not the best off on desk space, I've wanted to try navless for a while, so I picked up a ViBE.

    The design is excellent, with PBT SA keycaps (a rarity to be sure) and an entirely aluminum case. I found that I was able to get somewhat used to alternating between the nav cluster and numpad in only a while, though it took a firmware update for the 00 key, LEDs and layer buttons to work. Some of the keys' printing is a bit off-center, especially the R and C keys. Also, the num lock indicator is placed in such a way that my left hand blocks my view of the indicator of mode I'm on, so I have to move it away for a bit to see that (It might be better to put the LED on the Num Lock key for better visibility). Also, the keyboard still uses Micro-USB and the tolerance in the port is quite tight. Nevertheless, I think I can get used to these, so they shouldn't be anything to dock stars over.

    However, something is amiss that does deserve a dock: the stabilizers are not great. They aren't rattly, making the stabilized keys quieter than they are on other boards, but they are far from uniform. Three keys, in particular, are bothersome: the alphanumeric Enter and the numpad and Enter keys. The alphanumeric Enter stabs seem to have a loose tolerance, so the Enter key is very wobbly, plus if I press in such a way that the weight is toward the northern edge of the key (right by the border between it and ]) then the key won't go down, seemingly blocked by the stabs. As for the numpad and Enter keys, if I press the keycap too far onto the stems, then the keys will stick at the bottom of the press, whereas with the Backspace it's just a bit scratchier.

    Overall, it's a really interesting board with a great design, but the stabs are a bit tough to put up with. Maybe it's a defective product, or maybe I need to find other stabs and put them in for easier use. Either way, this board gets a solid 4 stars, at least for now.

  • I ordered the Cherry MX Silver switches and was pleasantly surprised at the superb quality of this keyboard! I have used MX Browns and Razer's Purple Optical switches in the past, but this keyboard has made MX Silver's my new favorite! The switches are very smooth and are consistent between keys. The board is built very well and has considerable heft to it - resulting in a very deep typing sound. The PBT keycaps as high quality, but I would highly recommend using the included feet to tilt the keyboard towards you, as without them the keyboard is very flat. The layout is taking a while getting used to, I find myself gliding my hand across the right edge looking for the arrow keys, but I'm sure that I will get comfortable in no time. Overall, fantastic quality, and a great layout for those who love 60% but need a numpad.

  • If you want the equivalent of a 60% keyboard plus number pad look no further! I love the expanded functionality with the num pad, and the simple layer switching for your navigation functions is easy to get used to while the overall case of the keyboard still remains as compact as possible.
    The keycaps themselves are high quality and feel very nice with the SA profile, although a few are just slightly crooked.
    I have been using this keyboard with brown switches for over a year now daily at work. This is a very solidly built keyboard and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • This keyboard is absolutely phenomenal. I love the feel of the board, it is very compact and I love the feel of the Cherry Blue's. I am coming from a DAS Keyboard 4C. I have been using this keyboard for a few years and decided to upgrade to something a little more modern. Vortex has delivered well on the quality of the board. I recommend this board to those that are looking to get into mechanical keyboards for a decent price. Definitely premium.

  • Best Keyboard I have used. SA keycaps are solid and feel nice. Keyboard has got some weight to it, and the programming is nice

  • Got this as my first mechanical keyboard, and I couldn't be happier! I really wanted a 75% keyboard, but this was the only that had the look that I was going for. The keyboard is nice and solid, and surprisingly heavy. It takes up barely any space on my desk and types like a dream. It came with a micro USB cable and a few colored modifier keys, I have it set up with just the red keys and it looks fantastic. The only con I have is that there are a few imperfections on some of the keys, a few mold marks visible and slightly off centered legends on two of the keys. However, the keys are very solid and feel really nice, I don't really notice the small imperfections anyways.

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