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Vortex Race 3 Mechanical Keyboard

Vortex Race 3 Mechanical Keyboard

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My keyboard arrived with all of the screws rattling around in the box. The keyboard and metal case weren't attached, and the screw threads are all stripped. Seems like there are some quality control issues.
Why does it ship in April?
THIS is the Race we all want: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD8XKytvB6A
is it possible to just get the caps?
Can this be configured to use the Mac media and backlight control keys?
yoosi
The original RACE, with the backlighting, came out of the box with Macintosh media keys printed on the sides of the keycaps. FN-key would operate all your usual needs: volume, screen brightness, etc. I'd buy one of these if they'd bring back the BACKLIGHT! Race 1 was nearly the perfect keyboard for a Macbook! My only complaint is that the MX-blues are a bit more mushy than on the best Filcos, but they're still fine.
captain
I should’ve known it was just massdrop being massively stupid. OF COURSE there is a backlit Race3! https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=4370
Awesome keyboard... Love mine, got it with mx blue switches and really the only thing I wish it had was backlighting lol. Got mine elsewhere for the same price or quite close with no wait a few months ago.
willgreenzilla
Yeah, I don't understand whey KBTalking removed the backlighting! Sure, it wasn't all whiz-bang multicolored like the Disco and its ilk, but it's all one needed. I'll be sad when my Race 1 dies.
willgreenzilla
Backlit: https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=4370 Add a set of double shot backlit key caps, and you’re golden! :-). Tell them I sent you.
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I am new to mech keyboards, so sorry if this is a silly question. I am in the UK, so would prefer a UK layout, and I use a mac So is it possible to configure this keyboard to use the UK layout and to use change the keycaps to mac ones? Thanks
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And for ISO UK?
jonzi
It actually comes with mac keys and the entire keyboard is programmable/remappable. It also has a "mac mode" but it's not great. I'd go the programming/remapping route instead. There are videos all over youtube showing you how to remap keys.
Since it is January now: Will these be shipped now or in september?
Fearkrabs
Description says it will ship in April.
ChurchillW
Thank you sorry about that.
Vortex will have new 75% boards coming out soon featuring new keycaps and style so might wanna wait for those if interested. Sadly, they only provide updates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vortexgear/
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linneverstops
wow, i just realized how horrible their website is
homebrewdr
Its never updated and their products list has been empty for years, and yet they have someone who actively runs the instagram page.
I have one for sale, would let it go for $100 (cherry browns). All original packaging + key caps are included. Message me if interested. It's a great keyboard, I just switched to Advantage 2 and have no need for this one anymore.
notrix
Hey mate I'm interested. Let me know how to contact you directly.
lukegharris
Email is best: sergey@morozov.in
I am sorely tempted by this. Currently using a TADA68. Does anyone have thoughts about this vs. the TADA68, aside from the obvious added F keys? I've heard Vortex occasionally has quality control issues.
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Not quite the same, the Race 3 is a compact tkl and what you posted is a compact full size.
Funnyperson1
You are correct, this is what I was thinking I was posting https://www.instagram.com/p/BmkncHJjHCx/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
Is it me or are massdrop deals becoming less and less valuable?
This doesn't really seem like a good buy. 4 month lead time to save $10 over mechanicalkeyboards.com listing for $139 (with free shipping). What does this one come with that their listing does not?
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People would probably be all over this for like $99. Still not super cheap, but way better than you can get anywhere else.
Urano_Metria
That's exactly the route I took last time this drop came up. Loved the board, but didn't want to wait 4 months for $10.
No bumps on "F" and "J" keys is a feature or a bug? Feels very weird. What is the easiest way to make them?
Denev
Technically, it's a feature--the F and J keys are supposed to have a slightly deeper bowl, or something. I couldn't feel it, nor could a co-worker I recommended the keyboard to. I stripped, cut, and sanded two identical, (very) straight 4mm pieces of 22 or 24 gauge single-strand copper wire and Krazy-glued them onto F and J. It's fairly subtle, but highly effective.
Denev
I would try the scooped keys for yourself. I had a race 3, and the scooped F and J keys were very noticeably different from the other keys.
Just received mine today! Did anyone else find some of the key caps off the board also? O.o On too loose or something...
Ninjex
Got mine today, everything was ok with it.
I just got a " Your package has shipped! " email! Sound like it was not January after all.
carlosjuarbe
Same here. Fingers crossed!!
I need to have this!
Anyone have any experience of wait times? January seems a long time to wait
Can this be programmed for a Spanish Keyboard?
is this available in nordic mac layout?
Its a decent deal for Canadians with the shipping cheaper than mechanicalkeyboards.com but its too bad it ships so late
troopatang
I got mine within 2 weeks when it said I could expect to wait until November - could have just been lucky I guess
Looks like the Race 3 is now available for pre-order at mechanicalkeyboards.com to ship in September. Probably worth it for the extra $10.
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somasatellite
I pre-ordered the race 3 with mx clears two days ago. Estimated arrival date on the website so far is September 1st. Hopefully my order doesn't get pushed back much like it has with other users.
somasatellite
It took mechanicalkeyboards.com 9 weeks to get my poker from NY to Alberta. Literally never giving them a red cent again.
My order was filled but didn't ship for over a week after they had my money. The support guys were pretty useless in tracking my shipment too.
Was thinking about building a KBD75, but then this drops... Decisions. How customizable would the Race 3 be vs the KBD75. I know I will have more limited choice in switches (unless i want to desolder) but this is also cheaper. Would the KBD75 be worth the cost over the Race3?
Compjunkie888
The Esc and Delete keys are pretty unique and not so easy to replace...
Compjunkie888
I own a Race 3 with Brown switches and I just ordered a pre-assembled KBD75 with Zealios the other day. While I love my Race 3, I wanted Zealio switch and hi-pro case. I anticipate better tactility and acoustics with the KBD75, but I also recognize I paid double what I paid for the Race 3.
If you don't mind the Cherry switches, Race 3 is a great value and I highly recommend it. If you chose clear switches on the Race 3, be super careful when swapping out keycaps - there are numerous reports of people pulling out the entire stem.
Do these ever ship earlier than anticipated? Been wanting to cop a Race 3 but to wait until January...
somasatellite
I want to know the same thing. January is too long of a wait.
Does anyone know of any custom key cap sets that have the odd shaped ESC button included? I have this keyboard and although the key caps are nice, I want to change the aesthetic. Love the keyboard though. I have it in MX browns.
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non-binary
Many keysets offer add-ons that include the 1.5u escape and delete keys. I joined the XDA canvas drop which offered those specific keycaps
This keyboard would be perfect for me if it had RGB backlighting while still having the PBT keycaps...
This is absolutely amazing! Just received my Race 3 today. Its supposed to be shipped only until this November!
I hope to add cherry mx silent-red option to the next drop
Hey guys, I just got a message from Massdrop stating that my Race 3 has been shipped. Well... Its still several months away from November... Anyone else got it too?
Obscene324
Same here... That would be a miracle, but I suspect it may be a mix up from the last drop which was scheduled to ship in July.
The product has remained in Germany IPZ for more than 21 days.