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Vortex CORE 47-Key Mechanical Keyboard

Vortex CORE 47-Key Mechanical Keyboard

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We need a drop for the Vortex CORE RGB version.
Ben at the Brooks Review really likes this keyboard:
He finds something wrong with everything, but his Vortex Core review is almost completely positive.
I'm loving mine also.
Perfect size :)
Mine has arrived
~shameless plug~ anyone from australia interested to get this product? i can get them for a good price from my country reddit: briano1905 email: briano.g.1905@gmail.com
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You can get them delivered to AU from Amazon US cheaper than that.
So I saw thee prices of these drop everywhere. At one point they were easily $130 etc. Now $95-$99. Is it because they're trying to dump the old keycaps? I definitely want it with the TAB instead of CAPS.
I dont think so, just got the one I ordered from 2 drops ago and it comes with the tab cap, maybe they are producing more, lowering individual costs.
I wonder if there is anyway to make sure you get the one with the tab cap.
I wonder when I purchase from Amazon if I will get the new keycaps and firmware. That would be ideal as it seems to make a significant difference. Looking forward to having such a tiny keyboard with the dye sub legends for the layers.
anyone want to trade me the new "Tab" keycap? i got some artisans... :3 thanks!
if anyone wants to sell one of these please email me at wileypies@gmail.com
i missed it argh
Are some still to be shipped? I was charged and status says order places with the vendor still. Or are these arrivals from a previous buy?
I bought from this drop and mine also says "Order Placed with Vendor" I'm guessing the other comments have to be about a prior buy.
I downloaded the latest firmware and user manual from http://www.vortexgear.tw/vortex3.asp
The upgrade process was easy on windows, took less than a minute.
The latest manual has instruction (see image) on how to switch fn or pn key (you can switch pn and fn1 by using this method) (note, need to select L1/L2/L3 first)
Anyone else having a problem running the firmware update application? The OK button is always greyed out for me and I can't click it to start the update. I'm running it on a Windows 10 virtual machine inside macOS.
There is an option to make USB devices pass through to the guest machine. When you're running the vm in virtual box it appears on the bottom right panels, next to cdroms etc. Once you're done you can click the flash button. Also it seemed like the device disconnected, I'm not sure why but it's actually working. You just have to wait a while.
Picked up the silver switch, which I've tried on other keyboards but don't yet own. Also, seemed like a little insurance if I can't deal with the peculiarities of the 47 key layout: silver vortex core more rare, higher resale value. Waiting for delivery.
Delivered this morning 2017-06-14, looks really cool and solid.
Unfortunately, I use a Macintosh. Online sources hint that it works with a Mac, but it's only outputting upper- and lowercase letters and layer 0 punctuation for me.
Using the Keyboard Setup Assistant it was unrecognized, and I chose ANSI (I also tried JIS and ISO, the only other two choices).
Basically, when I do Fn+<, Fn+>, and Fn+Shift I see the LED colors, but the keys still just produce layer 1 characters.
Any ideas?
Also, when the firmware changes, would I need to update from a PC, since the files on the maker's website are .exe?
Even though I cannot get any control+[whatever] keys to work, control+spacebar works to pull up the text input mode, allowing me to be able to input Japanese (as long as I don't need anything not on layer 0.
Also, Alt+spacebar will pull up Spotlight search.
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Thanks for the advice!
I'm not sure what my firmware version was, but I flashed it from my wife's Windows laptop using the latest Core firmware downloaded from vortexgear.tw.
My wife's Windows machine didn't particularly force me to go through any installation procedure as on my Macintosh. I noticed that even on the Windows machine layers 1-3 were not any different than layer 0, as you said.
On the Macintosh I reinstalled using the Fn1+n key, rather than the > key, as the "left of left-shift" choice, and it allowed me to continue and finish the configuration. Where did you get that tip? It's not something I would have figured out by trial and error.
The contro[i.e., Win]+<letter> keys, like control+F for Find are now working.
As for layers 1-3, I had assumed that for the keys identified as having assigned values in the "layer description" diagrams in the manual the values were pre-programmed. For example, I assumed that the numbers 1 through 0 would already be working. But layer 1 (red LED) "a" produces "a," not "2." So the layer does seem to be transparent as you say.
But what I cannot figure out is how, for example, to program the "a" key to be "2" in layer 1 when programming step 4 in the manual is "Key in the contents and press Pn." The contents I want is "2," but since the key is not yet programmed to be "2" I cannot key it in. It's a chicken-and-egg problem. What am I missing?
I just discovered that the Fn1 key accesses the numbers and other "red dye sub" stuff on the keys, while Fn1+Shift accesses the "green dye sub" stuff. I'm still experimenting to figure out how to access the "blue dye sub" stuff. Edit 2: It's the Fn key to get the blue. O.K., I think I can begin to use this thing for real now!
I'm getting used to this keyboard surprisingly fast, and my HHKB Professional JP is packed away in the closet now. I don't think I'll even need the layers.
I'm handling Japanese input by using Win+spacebar to bring up the keyboard menu and spacing between U.S. and hiragana. This is fractionally slower than having dedicated keys for this as on Japanese keyboards, but I don't mind.
Would love to get just the keycaps of this new revision, is this possible?
There's still a single unmarked key: the Z key doesn't have red and green markings for § and ±, but that's minor.
Just got mine in today! Looks great. They've improved the keycap legends greatly, it now has the proper "Tab" on the caps lock key, and shows where stuff like the question mark is. There is still some weird stuff - in order to do "!" you have to hold FN+Right Shift; FN+Left Shift does not get you any of the shift keys on the first layer.
It seems really nice right off the bat, but it is going to take a while to get used to. I imagine it is going to be a lot better once the full programming tool is available; for now I'm going to avoid using contractions as much as possible :P


EDIT: I should also note that I received it, it was loaded with the now old 1.03 firmware, so the new keycap legends and current programming ability weren't quite right. I downloaded the new 1.04.03 firmware and everything works as it should. So just be aware that it may arrive and need updating!
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How weird is that?? You might want to contact MassDrop or Vortex, and see if you can get a set of the new caps. I'm guessing you got a bit of the old stock.
Haha, yeah... it's quite a jump!
Looks awesome but I think I would have a hard time using it for programming because of the lack of the number row.
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Interesting. I had not thought about that.
However with my current layout I often need two modifiers to do special chars on the number row. With this key it would then be 3?
Nah, number row special characters still just take two mods on the Core. You can hit all of 'em with Left Shift + Fn1. It feels really natural and intuitive for me to shift down a row and right a key, and then I have access to all the modifiers and F keys within easy to fairly-easy reach since the board is so small.
One PITA key to reach is /, which is obviously important if you're programming. This is where the programmable layers are really useful. On one layer, I programmed the left spacebar to / and the Caps key to Tab. I instantly gained like two levels in Terminal Wizard.
Is it only the split spacebar that can't be replaced with DCS/OEM profile keycaps? As much as I like the printing and the color scheme, I really detest DSA.
Can someone tell me what's with the left space bar. Can I reprogram it to backspace on the default layout? (And remap del and backspace?) they say not reprogrammable. So I am lost. If you can't why have a split spacebar.
I think originally you couldn't program it, but there is a firmware update from vortex which allows you to. Also it defaults the caps lock/tab key to caps lock for some reason, the firmware update also defaults it to tab.
Ah that's ggreat, I might give it a try then. Thank you for the info :)
If anyone wants one of these I'm selling mine. Cherry clears. Used for a very short period of time. 100 shipped. With box.
email me. wileypies@gmail.com
what exacly colors are used for keycaps? looks awesome...
As if I need to save 3 fucking dollars from the Amazon price to wait so long to get it. o_O
Anyone care to comment on this for coding in vim? By default a lot of commands that I use regularly will be over multiple layers with the core. Repeated commands such as `3dw` or searches `/search`. I absolutely love the look of this board, but from a practicality PoV I'm not sure I can work with it?
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Thanks for the write-up. I appreciate it.
I've had this for months at work. I'm a developer and while I love the board I couldn't use it on the daily. It felt like I was fighting to make it work​ for me. Maybe it's better for non developers.
$2.34 per key? I mean yeah it's tiny and the keycaps are sexy PBT, but I can't justify that much for such reduced (or made less accessible) function. I use nav keys way too much to go anything less than 87.
Of course, mech keyboards are a very subjective/personal thing, so to each their own!
PBT keycaps, steel plate, full aluminum case, programmable without software, and fully built out of the box with genuine cherry switches.
Not to mention the keycaps are DSA profile which are fairly hard to find out in the wild. Like you said, mech boards are subjective, but I also wouldn't limit this one's value to the caps.
More expensive than the pok2r lol...
And better too...
Don't buy it here, get it on amazon... what the hell @massdrop
I've see this comment multiple times on this thread, this drop mainly benefits buyers from outside the US, Im saving close to 45 dollars because of ths shipping cost, and the delivery time is not so different.
They still don't ship to Mexico, so Amazon it is for me.
Mykeyboard.eu sels this board from a Belgium store so no customs fees no import fees and therefore 21% + 12% cheape. @massdrop i have bin telling you that it's time to solve the Eu sol there are many options. From warehousing to pobox constructions to a container were you house your pobox l. For god sake just get a lawyer
Attention Everyone:
Don't buy this unless you require silvers. Normally you save a couple bucks by buying through Massdrop, but this time you get charged $15 more (and you get to wait months longer)! If you want a core, buy it from here: https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/search.php?keyword=Vortex+core
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I prefer buying from mechanicalkeyboards.com when I can - to me it's worth a few bucks to support them/not support Amazon.
I would like to support them. But they refuse to send my orders to my private forwarder. "Shipping address and billing address should match or use Paypal". And when I said that's the same thing, Paypal will use my billing address. They stopped responding after the 2nd email.
I didn't see the famed customer service everyone is talking about.
why only 20 silver? the last time i watched they where pretty common.