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Vortex VIBE Mechanical Keyboard

Vortex VIBE Mechanical Keyboard

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Would love this with rgb lighting option.
WHY do people buy this From here when it is for sale on many sites?
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Skeeto
I have been waiting for this keyboard to be dropped at a more affordable price.
heldpizza
also be nice if it had rbg lighting like some of the engineering samples I've seen on the web
Is it possible to program tenkeyless mode to behave exact as a standard numpad does when numlock is off?
I require the arrow keys to be in their conventional positions. Here is the mapping I am looking for: left (4), right (6), up (8), down (2), home (7), end (1), page up (9), and page down (3).
When numlock is on, I would naturally want it to enter numbers.
Can I achieve program the behaviour described?
Alternatively, is there any documentation for programmers to write custom firmware?
KeenOnTech
It's weird (I just had to stumble around and figure this out), if you go through the usual programming method, with numlock on, and bind each key using /itself/, that tricks the vibe into reading numlockless numpad keys when you turn numlock back off.
So yes, you can do it! (but only on a programming layer, default won't let you do that).
I tried binding manually at first, with numlock off, binding each key using the navcluster's layout, and it WORKED, but there was no numpad when I turned the lock back on. Weird but livable
daisura
Thank you, @daisura. That information is very helpful. It's hard to find a compact keyboard with a numpad that behaves in every conventional way. Being able to program the VIBE this way is encouraging.
the user manual link is not valid.
scottlu
The user manual essentially tells you to read the pok3r manual for programming's sake. The only thing you really need to know above that, is the numpad doubles as a TKL-style nav cluster when numlock is off, and you CAN bind capslock to FN, but it's a goofy key combo different from standard binding that wasn't in the manual.
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Is it possible to program the top number keys (F1-F4) as arrow keys while having numlock activated? I need simultaneous number pad and arrow key functionality.
Alfredaux
After doing some testing for another question asker's comment about rebinding the numpad, I think the numlock only affects numpad-number key outputs. This would mean you could only use 2468 as numlock-toggled arrow keys, but there wouldn't be any benefit to slapping those on your top 1234
BUT, if you want a different toggle, you could bind your arrow keys and other swaps around in one of the three separate programmable layers, so you'd only have to toggle the layer (FN+< > or ?, whichever layer you want) to basically toggle this customnumlock, then FN+M to return to the standard layout.
Great keyboard. Swapped out my switched though. Aliaz silents for regular keys and box pale blue clickies for the number keys. Also glued a bunch of pennies on the inner frame to weigh it down more. Sucker types like a dream and has some nice weight to it now. Changed up the caps where the arrow keys are just for looks mainly.
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TacoHerder
Nice work. Are you able to reprogram the nums lock layer to the arrow setup you have here because I saw that the default uses 4,8,6,2 as the arrow keys.
heldpizza
Thank you, the number lock key turns it into 10keyless keyboard. So the blanks become my arrow keys. https://www.mmorpg.com/hardware-reviews/vortex-vibe-mechanical-keyboard-a-new-favorite-1000012451
I might be interested if the board had the following characteristics: + Fully programmable via TMK or QMK. + SA profile instead of DSA profile. + Wider choice of switch types, including Silent Black and/or Gateron Yellow.
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I have the vibe in Browns. Tried one with silver and yeah, mushy.
That said. I'm waiting patiently for my susuwatari MT3 set. In the meantime though I'm thinking of grabbing SA Ice Cap icon mods and numpad and jumping on troubled minds alphas.
Even with the green text on alphas, the purple/white clash would look great.
I'm also praying that SA Pulse gets another drop.
bfitz
Ice Cap icon mods and Lime numpad ordered and Troubled Minds alphas shipping hopefully in Jan 👍.
Will post Vibe with new caps once they are all here
Wow from what I have read here these drops 100% sound like refurbished Vibes. A lot of problems with keys not working, missing extra keycaps (likely kept from original purchaser) and missing feet.
Saving $10 for this drop does not make sense especially if you have to pay for shipping which will take months! I will buy this if it drops to $89
where the arrow keys
jstark04
Pressing the number lock key turns it into a 10 keyless. The arrow keys are located in the number pad at that point.
What is the likelihood of this price decreasing? Did massdrop get rid of that feature?
The keyboard is beautiful to type on, but my escape key (which is also the tilde / grave key) works maybe 1 out of every 10 presses now. When I first got it, it was maybe 1 in every 4 presses worked. I emailed support, but they said they don't do returns or replacements.
I've been using software (uncap, autohotkey) to map escape to caps lock and key combos for grave and tilde, but it's frustrating that I have to do this for an expensive keyboard. Was this a refurb?
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You went way deeper into it than I most would have. Most people would just do a chargeback after experiencing 1-in-4 failures and getting the "don't do returns or replacements " comment from them.
I strongly recommend contacting your bank. I will DEFINITELY never spend a single cent on this company after hearing what they told you here. Neither will my friends and family.
Urano_Metria
@Urano_Metria That's honestly a good idea. I'll try to file a chargeback. Thanks for the tip. :)
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I just got my package that I ordered with Cherry MX Silver shipped to me with Cherry MX Brown keys! The keyboard seems messed up. It has a rattle in it when I type like a springy noise and it was missing the 10 additional keycaps and the feet. The package also showed up in the box with the tube busted open on one end and my space bar and the left ALT key has a mark on it. Ugh Massdrop you need to do better for a 140 dollar keyboard, also make sure you're sending what the customer ordered.
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Where I got mine from and actually had to send it back due to bent plate that caused the esc key to be lifted off board. They took care of it though. Would still go with them though.
After I got my refund from Massdrop I bought mine from there as well. Showed up in perfect condition with the right switches. it’s worth the extra 10 dollars or so.
Just got my shipment notification for MX clears. Wasn't expecting it so soon!
"Micro USB" Boooooo! Mini or C, the only good options for KB connectors. Micros grip terribly and seem to wear out faster. It was the one major flaw with the Ducky Pocket.
Silent Red Keys are not available, please change the description in the overview page!
I'd buy this instantaneously if it was a 96-key with arrow keys
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Really? To Portugal it's about 12$, but it would almost certainly be held at customs as soon as it reached here which would mean I'd pay about 50€ to get it out, not worth it at all as well. This happened to me when I bought the HD6XX
NunobPinto
There needs to be more distributors for mechanical keyboards! Problem solved. You can't get Leopold, mistel, vortex and a whole bunch of other brands in Canada. Such a shame.
They should release this cap set for the race 3.
GamerVoice
Well it's just sa profile so you would just need the compatibility
I think I'll wait when they add USB-C and/or full backlit.
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I want one, but I'll wait until they release the rgb version.
And I'd like to have the option to buy the ISO-UK version, just for the fat-ass enter key.
I don't give a rat's arse about rgb's, but my old eyes do appreciate the led lighting, my Ducky boards spoiled me for that. And it should be simple enough for Vortex to release the rgb boards, their review samples were rgb. Some guys are even modding the boards themselves with led switches.
A single colored led would suit me fine, but I'd settle for rgb if that's what they choose to do.
The ISO-UK, NOR, and DE boards have been available from some online sellers in the UK and Germany for a while now, albeit in limited quantities.
Perhaps for the next drop, Massdrop could use their "influence" to get Vortex to make an rgb and ISO version of this lovely board available.
Retr0
I can't deal with the fat ass enter key only because it's usually associated with the anorexic left shift.
What connection is the USB?
thousand56
Micro
Would consider if they offered MX Silent Black version.
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Silent Black is the same silenced switch mechanism as red, but with a heavier spring, i.e. more resistance to actuate the keys.
jwordfish
Hmmmm. I have a DREVO with red's but they have more resistance than my Corsair speed reds. Feels like a heavy resistance like a black but without the silenced bottoming out. So I can relate to how enjoyable that would be.
How do I order Silent Reds... Its not showing up in the order options.
RxKey
If you want you can get one with silent reds here.
https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3923
meatloaf
Thanks. Massdrop discount is often not proportionate to the patience it needs in return. I had joined the drop for vortex race3 last time, but dropped out of the drop(!) because of a waiting time of half an eternity.
Shame. At first joined but then unjoined the drop soon thereafter. '~' tilde nowhere to be found so going to have to map to an invisible :/
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rdodev
If it's like the Vortex POK3R: Fn + Esc = Backtick Shift + Esc = Tilde
So tilde is actually the same muscle memory, and backtick is one extra modifier. Personally, I mapped CapsLock to Fn(via dipswitch on bottom) and Fn+C to CapsLock. I do use backtick in (bash/zsh or Cmd+` on Mac), but with it available as CapsLock+Esc, I don't mind the tradeoff.
Edit: I just checked the manual and the above appears to be wrong. It lists tilde as Fn+Shift+Esc, which personally seems like a pain in the ass. http://www.vortexgear.tw/db/upload/webdata4/6vortex_201711212081117526.pdf (page 3)
palendiras
Yeah. Ugh. Thanks for checking. It is a pain. Seems this one is geared for typists, just not shell users.
ISO please :'(
Please drop this soon.
Wow how did I miss this o_O I was even on the join screen when it ended !!
rootduck
Sounds like you're in luck now mate!
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.