Vortex Multix 87 Autumn TKL Hotswap Double Shot PBT Mechanical Keyboard

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$124.00
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SKU: VTK87_USAUT
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Vortex Multix 87 Autumn Mechanical Keyboard

Available Switches

Cherry MX Blue thumbnailCherry MX Blue
VTK87CYBLEUSAUT
$129.00
Gateron G Pro 2.0 Brown thumbnailGateron G Pro 2.0 Brown
VTK87GPBRNUSAUT
$124.00
Gateron G Pro 2.0 Yellow thumbnailGateron G Pro 2.0 Yellow
VTK87GPYLWUSAUT
$124.00

Keycaps

Features

  • US ANSI TKL layout
  • Kailh hotswap sockets accept 3-pin and 5-pin switches
  • PCB screw-in stabilizers
  • South-facing switches
  • Cherry profile Double Shot PBT keycaps
  • Silicone sound dampening pad

Details and Specifications

BrandVortex
ModelMultix 87
SizeTenkeyless
Switch StemsMX
Physical LayoutANSI
Logical LayoutUS QWERTY
Frame ColorGray
Frame Top MaterialPlastic
Frame Bottom MaterialPlastic
Primary LED Colorn/a
Control LED Colorn/a
Hotswap SocketsYes
USB Key RolloverFull
Switch Mount TypePlate
Built in Audio PortNo
Built in Mic PortNo
Interface(s)USB-C
Windows CompatibleYes
Mac CompatibleYes
Linux CompatibleYes
Cord Length72 inches

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  • I've been trying to figure out my new keyboard as what I used to use is no longer available, and I've tried a variety of different boards so far. I thought I was going to like Topre-based keyboards the best and while they are very pleasant, they're not perfect. I was almost there with a Realforce R2 with a spacer, but while the spacer gave it almost the right feel, I tend to bottom out regularly and the bottom-out was squishy and strangely muffled, which wasn't ideal. Without the spacer the travel is a bit too long for my comfort. After researching a bunch of different switches and options, I landed on the Vortex Multix, "autumn" version as the key caps are easy to read and have that classic look, with Gaterion G Pro 2.0 Yellow switches, 50g actuation, linear, lubed at the factory. The combination of these switches with the Vortex keyboard looks good, feels good, and sounds good. Keypresses feel solid without being overly heavy and I can type without fatigue. Better still, the keyboard is hotswap, so I was able to swap in a heavier switch (60g Cherry MX Silent Black) for my spacebar, and lighter switches (45g Gateron Silent Red) for keys I'll be holding down as I type other keys, like left shift, caps lock (control), tab, left alt. The main key on the board, the Gateron Yellows, are buttery smooth, have a consistent travel and sound, and while after researching I thought I'd like them, I didn't realize quite how much. The end result is silky and solid. While the Yellows aren't tactile switches, my best description is that you feel the actuation resistance immediately but then your key registers on the way down without excessive effort, leaving an impression of competence and authority.

    My only complaint is that the keyboard has three different paths for its USB cable, and the side paths don't grip tight enough to hold the cable in place. I'm not using the risers, so the keyboard is flat on my desk, and the cable is consequently staying in place, but anyone using the risers and wanting to have the USB cable come out one side or the other might end up needing a bit of tape to get it to stay. It's a truly minor complaint, but so far it's my only complaint, so it's worth noting.

    In addition to the keyboard itself, Vortex included both a good switch puller and a keycap puller nicer than anything I had before, so that was a bonus. There are also some nice accent keys (a dark teal? sea blue? unsure) if you want to spice up the otherwise very traditional looking ivory-and-tan layout.

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