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Vortex VIBE Mechanical Keyboard

Vortex VIBE Mechanical Keyboard

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Wow how did I miss this o_O I was even on the join screen when it ended !!
Lovely looking board, understand the appeal, but this board would be way better if it was tenkeyless w/ directional keys. imo
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The firmware update is kinda mandatory unless they flasehed the new version at manufacturing. The toggle for the numpad(tkl mode/numpad mode) was pretty broken on mine when I got it, until I flashed the firmware. Once done it's an awesome board. !
coffeeshopcoder
Nice. Just updated, working great now
I'm a keyboard noob, is there a full keyboard with this same style, where you can see underneath the buttons?
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Did you have trouble finding a full sized option with floating keys design ? Amazon has a ton of those. They are cheap, if the bottom case is plastic, and that's typically what you'll find on Amazon.

I personally have a red dragon K555, with blue switchs. Its a really good board. That was my first mk. This community has since introduced me to way better switches - mx clears, Halo clears, zealios, aliaz or even browns. and programmable keyboards.
coffeeshopcoder
I have looked up a few I like. Most of them have a lot of bells and whistles which are nice but I'm looking for more simple design for office use. Some keyboards I ran across are the regular keyboard trays with half length key caps and those do not look that good, hah.

Red dragon K555 looks pretty good. I don't know that much about different switches, currently using mx brown at home. I recently ordered the switch tester here but Massdrop is taking their sweet time for delivery.
I know i can program the arrow keys where the 0,00, . and 2 are. But can i also program the numbers 0 to 9 by moving 1 row higher. This way i can have both arrow cluster and numbers. I dont need 00. So 0 will be where the 1 is presently.
Is this fully programmable?
Besides all the wonderful things others have said about the Vibe, my personal conclusion on this board:

It's very tall. The case and the SA flat profile making it almost feel necessary to have a wrist-rest; even then, it never felt comfortable for me to type on for extended periods. Just my experience though, others might find they love it.

Very well built, nice out of the box.
astroooo
Is that just the keycaps ? SA is high profile. I thought the keyboard itself was quite short and thin.
Have you tried replacing the caps with some shorter ones like Cherry or DSA or XDA ?
So I got a vibe with MX Clears from another site a couple of week ago.

Some thoughts :
Context - this is my fourth MK, I got a Red Dragon with Outemu blues (I don't use this anymore), a K-type with Halo Clears (daily driver) and a cheap Ergodox (testing the ergo lifestyle). Then came this, mostly because I want to try a 60%, but I use the arrow keys pretty heavily so have been reluctant to try it out. This seemed like a good way to transition, while also having a Numpad. The Numpad is like a TKL by default and turn sin to a Numpad only when the Numlock is turned on. I also use and love SA profile caps. I use SA on all my boards, both SP and MaxKey. I prefer SP's profiled/sculpted SA. This was my first experience with uniform R3 SA set.

Thoughts:
- Replaced K-type at work and is now my daily driver. K-type moved home with me.

- The board is really solid. Best typing experience so far. Way better than K-Type in terms of the feel.

- Solid - Just solid. thats the best to describe the feeling. Sounds great - muted thocks.

- The keycaps are "hmmm....???". Its PBT and all that, but as an SA user who used both MaxKey and SP, these don't really "feel" like SA. Its like the top surface area of the caps are smaller than the other SA sets I have. I also think I personally prefer the sculpted SA profile than this uniform R3 profile.

- Felt broken out of the box - keys & typing was great, but the firmware was not. Weird issues like it was on numpad mode by default and capslock turned on the TKL mode and once in TKL could not go back to numpad. All fixed with firmware update. I hope this comes with new firmware already flashed.

- Firmware updater is windows only !!! No Linux or Mac support. There was a tutorial online on how to use Virtual box to run a windows VM to update the firmware. Works fine, but a total PITA.

- The programming is a bit weird. But enough tutorials on the web. For those who are unfamiliar with vortex or familiar with only flashing (like me), this keyboard does programming via the keyboard keys itself and LED indicators on the keyboard itself. No UI to remap keys and flash firmware.

- I wanted to remap Fn to Caps Lock, but this is not possible **on the default layer** (you can on other layers). A sort of inconvenience. This was big for me personally because I was trying to use this like a 60% with a numpad by default.

Here are some pictures.

On the left is the "SA" caps from ViBE and
In the middle is MaxKey SA (orange on black), and
On the right is SP SA (Carbon).

To me it looks and feels like the ViBE caps are a little smaller than the other two.
The last one shows the thickness. These keys do feel great, but I find them a bit hard to type on, and I do enjoy typing on the MaxKey and SP keys (its not SA hate, I love the profile)


coffeeshopcoder
made some minor edits and added what the out of the box issue was.
coffeeshopcoder
Added a picture with my vibe looking pretty with MaxKey SA foundation.
I got a vibe a couple of weeks ago and so far I am enjoying it :D

I have since put some rgb on it, just like the review samples, and am waiting to get my switches so that I can swap the Cherry out with something good. Hopefully some holtites will fit to make it swappable!

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They have legs, they are just folded up. I tried to get a good picture of them but they are quite small O_o
Thanks, you're right. I ordered them and I was able to unfold the legs on one, but took a sh!t ton of time to do just one, lol. I just used small pliers and a cutter to pry the leg out. Did you use some special tool to unfold them?
If only the switches were hot-swappable!
can you change what the keys do?
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oh i see thank you!
Mockles
watch out for this! on main layer at least you cannot reprogram those specific keys! see my post under regrets.

they can go in the standard inverted tee as diagram shows in other post but trying to map them onto 2/4/6/8 keys is a nogo.

from chat with vortex rep:

it is the same as the mapping for a full size TK keyboard - so I guess its more of not having to retrain myself every time i switch. is that capability built in? i think the manual said it was programmable?

Yes, you can do it through programming

ah thanks that is great to know - also means i can put custom keys on.

just got a new vortex vibe - great build quality. is there anyway to program numpad mode vs non-numpad mode? so on layer two the num pad keys are programmed differently depending on whteher the numlock is on?

Oh! Sorry to inform you that this is not work on numpad and non-numpad mode.