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Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case

Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case

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Consumer Testing

Before you buy another mechanical keyboard, you want to test out a variety of mechanical switch types and make sure that you’re getting just the right tactile feel and response. An anodized Aluminum baseplate outfitted with eight Cherry switches and four comparable Greetech switches, the Varmilo Switch Tester give you the perfect platform for discovering your perfect type.

Note: At checkout you will have your choice of Blue, Orange, or Purple anodized case. You can also add clear keycaps (+ $3) during check out. Additionally, this tester doesn't come with LEDs. The LED you see in the picture is for Massdrop testing purposes.

Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case
Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case

Bonus Features

The unique anodized case will make sure the Varmilo switch tester still looks good on your desk, but with the functional presoldered PCB it will also serve a purpose. Plug in with a micro USB cable and you can use it as a functional external number row with 0-9, Backspace and Enter. For extra style you can add some LEDs with programmed breathing function that you can turn off and on with a built in switch. 

Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case
Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case
Varmilo Switch Tester with Anodized Case

Color Options

Blue
Orange
Purple

Specs

  • Varmilo
  • Anodized Aluminum Case
  • Cherry and Greetech Switches

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Aug 24, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.

Recent Activity

I post this with a warning. There is a way to reprogram this keypad. However, you will forever have key-#1, the lower left key, set to left-mouse-click. Further, you will never be able to program any key to respond with Enter, Space, Backspace, Delete, Alt, Shift, Esc, Home, End, PgUp, PgDn, Tab, Application, or probably a number of other keys on their own. There are "key-combos", but you can't use them with combos of those mentioned keys by themselves or just with each other. For example, setting a key to Alt+Ctrl+Enter outputs nothing. A macro I created just skips the Space that is distinctly set in it. Finally the only way to get back to a layout close to what it came with, LCTRL instead of Backspace, is to flash with the third/last file linked to below. You can set a key to respond with the standard alphanumeric a-z0-9, CTRL, Super/GUI. You can set Windows and multimedia keys; calculator, play, volume +/-, etc. You can set "key-combos" that allow you to set a key to Ctrl or Alt + [a key that is allow singly]. There are a few other features that some might find useful as well. So, I would take a good look at the program on its own before you plug in your VA12M. That left-mouse-click key thing still bugs me, but I'm stuck post-flash. With saying all that, I contacted Varmilo and received a rar that has allowed me to reprogram the keypad. "I will send you the software via wetransfer. you can find the manual in attachment, this is the only file I have for VA12M." I take absolutely no responsibility for it. It's is Varmilo's. For some reason they don't post it on their site. They even gave it to me via a temporary file share site, WeTransfer. Enjoy ... ? VA12M software.rar: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/5d4125b56255a387f3744d2b3d35f65020171227054622/6a0c1226bb84543ab6cc0e1bf00a77f220171227054622/8465b7 (WeTransfer will delete it on 3 January, 2018.) If you find some way to get around these limitations, PLEASE let me know. I screwed with it all last night and came up empty besides being able to catalog some of its limitations. I'm not sure if I like it better or worse, but I'm stuck where I am now. UPDATE: I messaged Varmilo back about the limitations I found. Suddenly they found more files. "I sent you two files via wetransfer, one is for upgrading, one is for programming." This file appears to be the same flashing software as the first .rar they sent my way. This one just comes with the simple instructions in English instead of Chinese. VA12M.zip: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/12249971b2887a65e81662b4cb20403e20171228015220/df8758bbfd2da189a8b0643a8b19b1fe20171228015220/b63249 (Will be deleted on 4 January, 2018) This zip contains an .exe & accompanying .dlls & .ini that will update the VA12M to a firmware that will output 0-9, Enter, and LCTRL. I was hoping to modify the .ini to customize the layout, but it doesn't look possible. If you find a way, let us know. MTP OnLine Update_FF91H_V108.zip: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/241b5862021538dc5f6a5d1a5629c2e120171228021605/12f8700cf5540f6b51be2344600810ae20171228021605/38fd51 (Will be deleted on 4 January, 2018)