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Varmilo VA87MR

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Straight up the best keyboard I've owned.
I want ten.
I'm really struggling deciding if I want to keep this keyboard at work or home.
Get hype! Got confirmation that this was shipped.
Does anyone know what it specifically means when they say "In addition, the VA87MR is comptiable with Macs"? With keyboards being simply USB connected how is a keyboard *not* Mac compatible?
dilkROM
Not all controllers are compatible with Apple's software. Specifically, the original Varmilo VA87M did not work with Macs due to the specific implementation of NKRO they used. The newer VA87MR fixed that issue and now works fine with OS X.
admin
Awesome. Thanks for the reply!
New to mechanical keyboards, what's the difference between white and mint laser front printed? It it just the color?
valiqout
Yes. The mint is very green.
Got my keyboard a week ago or so, finally got to unpack it. I don't have much experience with boards, other than my trusty Corsair K60 with reds.
Still, a couple of remarks: 1. The legs are a bit too tall IMO. Feels like a typewriter when I use them (not that this is a bad thing, but still a thing to note) 2. If you plan to use some fancy cable with it (like I planned to get something along these lines https://www.massdrop.com/buy/diamond-patterned-techflex-usb-cables), don't bother. The connector is passed through a small notch, so a thicker cable will not fit in it, I think. See attached picture.
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Am I seeing things or is Massdrop shipping something early for once.
Warning, I bought a Varmilo VA87MR here on Massdrop. I received it in May of 2017. It's now December, and the "alt" keys stopped working. Varmilo told me to pursue warranty through Massdrop, but Massdrop says they only have a 30 day warranty. Varmilo keyboards are supposed to have a 1 year warranty, but no one is honoring it. I will not be purchasing another Varmilo keyboard, especially not through Massdrop.
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nal85
Hi, have you ever tried firmware upgrade?
Varmilo-rep
Yes, I did a firmware upgrade. No luck. I'll be throwing it away and going back to a WASD keyboard. It's too bad, I was really enjoying the Varmilo up until this point.
In the picture of the keyboard you can clearly see Gateron switches with clear top, which I'm guessing spreads the LED color better than the Cherry MX black tops will. Is that a safe assumption that since Cherry MX switches are used, the tops will be the factory black?
I'm new here. Anybody knows why these drops ship so late? February 2018 is 3 months from now.
aljaz823
Because the order isn't submitted to manufacturer until the drop ends, so they have to be manufactured after that. And the date Massdrop counts as being shipped is when they have a US shipping label, so they need to get into the country first.
Does anyone have pictures of the Key Color/Style options?
I just got a tracking number. Nice!
So sad that none of the keyboard on Massdrop are available in ISO layouts.
More pics of the available configurations?
I've been using this keyboard everyday for a good while now with cherry mx brown switches and it's great, no complaints at all. Now that I've tried PBT switches I won't go back to ABS.
Are red switches possible?
I miss the Gateron switch variation that dropped last year.. might going to buy another one with Gateron Clear. Not sure if Varmillo is willing to make more gateron version though.
BeDuck
I've been using G Clear version of this for a year, and i'm highly satisfied. Overall quality, sturdiness, pbt keycap quality, everything was great. The usb cable came along was kinda defective, but I didn't mind and just used random cable at home.
Could we get images of the different options. Specifically wondering about what shade the grey and mint keycaps are.
Haurock
Im assuming they are the same grey and mint set you can get on varmilo's website
eatyo
A fair assumption, but I'm a stickler for proof. The normal standard for drops with multiple color options is at least one pic of each color option, so I figure it's a fair ask.
I'm seeing some of the keys with stabilizers sticking. I've trying adding a little greasing, but the right shift key insists it would rather be down. Anybody else seeing this or have advice?
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I read posts elsewhere that said this might be caused by the stabilizer posts not being all the way into the key cap. Best I could do was make sure both the left and right stabilizers on the shift's key cap were in as far as they could go by putting the cap on by pressing the left and right edge, rather than just pushing in the middle of the cap; I was hoping to flex the key on either side of the switch down enough to fully press on the stabilizers. That seemed to help, the shift sticks a lot less, and may be worth trying with your space.
drcforbin
Small update....With seating they keys, lots of grease, and actually using they keyboard, mine at least is no longer getting stuck all the time; in fact, I'm really enjoying the keyboard.
Again, I'm going to be one of those "what if tyre-kickers here" .
Would love if they (MD) supplied authentic Cherry MX Tactile Grey's, then I would put in an order for two of them.
Quality of this keyboard is above average and it's got decent quality dye-sub keycaps, well worth the small amount paid to own this.
Elrick
Preach brother, I got half of an erection when I saw that this keyboard comes with greys, only to find out it is linear.
Any chance this keyboard will get Gateron Switches again?
PraY
you can contact varmilo directly if you do want Gateron switches (but they wont provide you with a warranty) the warranty is only for the cherry switches now.
Is this keyboard compatible with Linux distros as well? Also, if I get the top printed dyesub keys with no backlighting, does that mean the light indicators for caps lock and similar keys won't work? Would I have to get backlighting in that case? Read a comment far below where their light indicators weren't working, but no one verified it. Thanks!
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Drazard
Just got mine last week. Work on my linux box without a problem.
Landrovan
Ah, good to hear! Thanks for the heads up!
Does anyone know if the cherry mx white switches offered are the clicky and tactile type?
King_Perseus
white is clicky clear is tactile
Did anyone else receive a VA87M instead of a VA87MR? I really like the keyboard but the main reason I purchased this was the supposed Mac compatibility which the VA87M lacks.
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The caps lock key didn't flash and nothing seems to have changed, am I missing something here?
the-ron
Maybe yours is different. That's how it works on my va87mac. Pretty sure it's their shortcut for any of their keyboards that support mac and windows mode. Here's my manual. http://www.varmilo.com/resources/upload/software__20170804152449.pdf
You can email them here and ask zhh19@zhihaihe.cn
Just received mine with blue case, white front printed key caps, white LED's, and Cherry MX grey linear switches. I was a little worried about this being made out of plastic but I was blown away by the build quality, make no mistake this is a VERY sturdy keyboard. (note: in the picture the backlighting looks yellow through the key caps but its more of a subtle cream colour in real life)
10/10 would buy again
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does this work with mac?
Mr.Donut
Checked the description, it does.
got my va87m today with grey dye subbed keycaps and a blue case. It's soooo amazing!!!
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Hope this gets released with gaterons as an option again
Any iso love?
Can you turn the led on and off
Eefamology
yes, just press FN and use the arrowkeys to adjust brightness and mode.
are the grey dye sublimated keycaps grey? Or is the text on the keycaps grey?
Eefamology
the keycaps are grey