Vortex Cypher Single Spacebar US1 60% Laser Etched PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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Vortex Cypher Single Spacebar US1 Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Cherry MX Black thumbnailCherry MX Black
$93.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Brown thumbnailCherry MX Brown
$94.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
$93.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Red thumbnailCherry MX Red
$96.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Clear thumbnailCherry MX Clear
$97.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Silver thumbnailCherry MX Silver
$98.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Silent Black thumbnailCherry MX Silent Black
$99.00 $64.00 On Sale!
Cherry MX Silent Red thumbnailCherry MX Silent Red
$99.00 $64.00 On Sale!


Details and Specifications

Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Frame ColorBlack
Frame Top MaterialPlastic
Frame Bottom MaterialPlastic
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
Hotswap SocketsNo
USB Key RolloverFull
Multimedia KeysF-Row
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Windows CompatibleYes
Mac CompatibleYes
Linux CompatibleYes
Dimensions4.18" x 12.45" x 1.65"
Weight1.11 lbs
Cord Length48 inches

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  • great little keyboard for the price. i got one for my girlfriend, and then i got a second one for myself because i liked hers so much.

  • Nice little keyboard, I love the size and weight of it. Plastic construction but still feels quite sturdy with little flex when carrying or using. Got this for the MX black switches and I'm pretty happy for the price. The keycaps have a pretty outdated font that wears out very fast. After less than two weeks the WASD keys are already starting to fade from moderate gaming use. Its also proving difficult to find replacement keys due to the uncommon sizes on the right side modifier keys. I'd probably go with a K6 if I could go back, but this keyboard is still nice and feels like will last a while (not including the keycap characters)

  • Great keyboard

  • Keyboard is great, only downside at all is that the keycaps aren't the best. I've had it less than 3 months now and already the letters are starting to wear a little. That being said, I use this at my work keyboard so I type on it around 40 hours a week.

  • I've come to love this thing more than expected. I initially bought it because I was looking for a pre-built that came with stock silent black switches, and there were limited options at the time, but I also really wanted something around ~60% layout but with top layer arrow keys (without the hassle or reprogramming keys and tracking down aftermarket keycaps). This fit the bill, and it's come to be my favorite workhorse board for typing.

    - excellent feel and build quality. Sure, it's a plastic case and it isn't as robust as a Pok3r or other aluminum boards, but it feels great to type on. It has a metal plate anyway, but the plastic case helps reduce unnecessary ping and rattle and it has a pleasantly forgiving feel. Despite the plastic construction, it also feels sturdy as hell.
    -excellent layout. It's simple, has everything I need and nothing I don't. One could quibble over whether it's better to have a DEL key or a home key, but for quickly navigating webpages or documents, having Home, End, PgUp and PgDn is hard to beat. Once you get a feel for the function layer, the DEL key is easy enough to access; and I could always reprogram it if necessary. (NOTE: get the firmware update ASAP if you pick this up. The initial firmware had some minor quibbles with programming).
    -clean, subtle design. Part of the joy of having a 60% or 65% is having something simple and sleek, and the black on grey design is perfect for work or any other minimalist setting. The simplicity has only grown on me in comparison to my other boards.
    -pleasant keycaps. There's a con I'll get to below, but in terms of thickness, texture, and typing sound, I love these caps.
    -USB C. I'm not a fan of underchannel cable routing that you find on larger boards, and USB micro and mini always feel so flimsy. USB C is nice, and I like that stick right out the back left, exactly where I'd want it.
    -MX silent blacks. Killer, smooth, beautifully silent linears. The higher actuation force makes them feel quite a bit less scratchy than Silent Reds, which are also great, but I much prefer these. They took a week to get used to coming off of Browns and Reds, but I've found I prefer this weight by a long shot. They are pretty quiet, though you can hear a bit of spring rasp. Lubing would probably go a long way (but I'm lazy). I know there's a general sense that linears aren't great for typing, but I adore typing on these--enough that I'm thinking of getting some non-silent blacks to round out the stable.
    -excellent stabilizers. I assume these are lubed, and they seem to be modified cherry stabs. Great, solid feel with no unnecessary rattle.

    -layout is challenging for aftermarket keycaps. With a lot of 1U keys on the bottom row, 1.75 right shift, and a weird row layout for the Home/end/pgup/pgdn keys, aftermarket caps are challenging unless you're willing to go all out for GMK or get a bunch of expanded sets. The row layout is probably the hardest to find, so you may want to stick to non-sculpted sets like DSA, XDA, or R3 SA. I haven't replaced my caps yet, but i probably will at some point.
    -laser-etched caps. Sigh. The ONE thing I wish they had done differently was to use double shot or dye-sub caps. As is, these beige on grey caps feel fine but some keys get dirty fast. For whatever reason, my C and M keys are grungy as hell, while other more commonly used keys like T and E still look great. Not a fan of laser etched caps, and it's clear they'll eventually wear down, too. Also, the font is. not great. Not the worst like the heinous gamer fonts found on so many backlit boards, but I've never understood Vortex's obsession with Bank Gothic fonts. That said, if you're fine with the Pok3r caps, these appear to be the same.

    -programmability. Not something I plan to use, but it's there if you want it. I don't think it uses QMK, which some folks will care about, but it's a non-issue for me. As is, the function layer is easy enough to use to reach the F keys, DEL, media controls, and the ~ (which is function ctrl esc), so I'm good to go.
    -no adjustable feet. I prefer my boards completely flat (even flatter than this) as I use a floating hand typing technique, so I don't miss having flip out feet at all. But depending on your preferences, this might matter to you.

    -I feel like folks are avoiding these because of the plastic construction and similarity to the TADA68, but it's really a phenomenal workhorse of a 65% for the price. I like it enough that I'm considering getting a second one for work to replace an excellent Leopold that feels great, but isn't quite as satisfying to type on, despite the much better keycaps. As expanded / alternate keycap sets become more common and available at lower price points (c'mon Tai-Hao!), this should be an increasingly excellent way to get into smaller layout boards at a great price point and without sacrificing arrow keys.

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