The Vortex Poker III (POK3R) vs. the Poker II: What we know so far
Weight and dimensions Net 2. The one key that I use a lot is the delete key. It may mean that certain combinations are impossible to find at retail… or maybe Vortex is planning something special? Kailh Speed Silver Switch Keyboards Blue Cherry MX Keyboards
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These buttons are instead accessed through FN and PN modifier keys. There is a learning curve to this, though, but we'll cover all of that in the review below!. You're given the option of a white or black keyboard, in which both the keycaps and aluminum case will be either white or black although for the black option, the keys are actually closer to a dark grey.
Speaking of the aluminum case, this was a great move by Vortex. So Vortex including an aluminum low-profile case by default is a great addition and significantly bumps the value of the keyboard. Depending on the branding or color scheme, though, it seems that you may not get RGB replacement modifier keys. In my case I can confirm I did, but other people who've reviewed the POK3R have found that it didn't come as standard. Moving to the underside of the keyboard we find a small aluminum plate with the serial number and model name, and there is also a small cutout in the case for the DIP switches.
There are four rubber feet on the bottom which are designed to stop the keyboard from slipping around on the table - when combined with the general weight of the keyboard, it makes it extremely solid and difficult to accidently or even intentionally push around your table. Vortex uses high quality and fairly thick PBT keycaps, which is in comparison to typical ABS keycaps provided out of the box.
PBT is considered to be an 'everlasting' key, in that the plastic is very, very difficult to ever smooth out. If you've owned keyboards that had part of the keycaps go shiny and smooth, it'll take significantly longer to run into the same situation on these.
They also have a nicer sound to them, closer to a 'thock' than a click, so all in all it was another cool addition by Vortex. It's also worth mentioning that the keyboard appears to all be in ANSI. I personally went for Cherry MX Browns 45cN as I find them to be the most comfortable to type on, but this is a personal preference thing.
The larger keys have Cherry MX stabilizers as well rather than the Costar stabilizers which I personally find great when it comes to removing and reapplying keys, but other people may dislike since they feel a bit less stable than the Costar ones. Either way I find the Cherry MX stabilizers to be my preference, so this worked out quite well for me.
The third switch allows you to turn your Caps Lock key into an FN key something I found extremely handy - makes typing significantly easier. The fourth and final switch allows you to move the FN and PN key to wherever you like on the keyboard, barring one or two locations after a round of Googling I figured out the one location you can't switch it to is the right CTRL key. The rule of thumb is that the smaller the keyboard, the more ergonomic and comfortable it is.
And this holds true for a number of different reasons, with the most prolific being the distance your hand needs to travel around the keyboard to get to the key you want to press.
By extension, this also impacts the distance your hand has to travel to the mouse if you're right handed. With the POK3R, the distance is as little as 12 to 13cm, whereas on a full-sized key keyboard that distance extends to as much as 30 or even 40cm. As such, the POK3R has been one of the most comfortable keyboards I've used, and even after 13 or 14 hour coding sessions, my wrists feel comfortable and rested especially compared to using a key keyboard.