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They have a couple warehouses, I remember seeing a France one when checking out: If you have changed the FN position and forget where it is. Sure it would be a pain, but it would get the job done. Kailh Speed Mechanical Switches I get that So, why being so insistent on advertising the Poker 3 as "fully programmable"? Please check back at a later time.

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And the possibilities are rather limited compared to hasu's or other keyboard firmwares available. Those 4 Fn shortcuts can not be changed. They are reserved for switching between the 4 layers of the Pok3r. Literally everything else on the main layer and Fn layer can be changed though.

If you don't like the arrow key location on the Fn layer, you can change it, plus everything else as long as it's not on those 4 keys. There is not volume control function.

I have no idea why Vortex decided to remove this on the Pok3r seeing as how the Poker 2 had it. It's possible that a firmware update in the future adds support for volume control to the Pok3r, but I wouldn't hold my breath. And your programming isn't limited to simply changing one key to another. You can reprogram a single key to send a 32 key stroke macro, with time delay functions. Yes, with the exception of the volume and media controls, since those functions don't exist on the Pok3r.

It would only take a few minutes to program the rest. Those 4 keys might not be important to you, but they can be to other people, and by saying it's "fully programmable" we assume we can do whatever we want, which isn't true. Do you think I don't understand the limitations we're discussing? I think it's pretty obvious we both know exactly what the limitations of the Pok3r are. You're just being pedantic and refusing to accept the word "full". I get that, but for the sake of brevity, it's perfectly reasonable to say the Pok3r is fully reprogrammable with a few exceptions.

Is it really necessary to say the Pok3r is So there are in total reprogrammable functions, which means overall So, why being so insistent on advertising the Poker 3 as "fully programmable"? For the sake of brevity, just say it is programmable then? They were implying that the Pok3r isn't very programmable, which is just flat out false.

The Pok3r is far and away the closest thing to "fully programmable" that exists in a complete package that's ready to go out of the box. Of course the person who said that is using an Infinity keyboard that they assembled themselves with custom firmware I'm not sure why you decided to take up that person's argument and continue dissecting the words "full" and "programmable" when the Pok3r's limitations were clearly spelled out many many comments ago.

The point I was originally making is that "bullshit programmability" and "only glorified macro recording" is clearly hyperbole. Especially since it seems you still can't modify the default layer, so it forces you to have an led on if you want to use an alternate layer as your default.

For pre-3 pokers, the "enjoy your feeling" stamp was enough to keep me away, although the keycaps are changeable, I wouldn't want to buy something from a company with such taste. Yea, it would just be so much better if they let us configure the firmware through software, like GON's gui stuff.

It's actually extremely quick and easy. Takes about 5 seconds to reprogram a key on my Poker 2. I did my whole custom Fn layer in 30 seconds. I agree that releasing the firmware would be awesome. This would be great for advanced users, and eventually somebody would come up with an easy-to-use piece of software to flash the firmware so even the less adventurous users can customize their layout from software.

I still think you're over-exaggerating how difficult on-keyboard customization is though. Most people would probably rather do it on-keyboard once, in 30 seconds, and never worry about it again, than install a program and flash the firmware. They really should have both options.

Is the main layer programmable? If you select a layer, does it stay between reboots or it always go back to the main? I don't think the main layer is programmable the 3 other layers are here for that , and if it's like the poker II I'm pretty sure you have to select your programmable layer at every boot. You cannot program the default layer, that is correct.

However, the layer you last used stays active even if you unplug the keyboard entirely. There is on board storage for the programming, but I'm not sure how it saves the last state.

Because saying something that adds up to the discussion is so hard for you. Doing it ten times a day is really annoying, since I use a usb switcher with multiple computers. I need one layer, customized to my needs with all the needed shortcuts. Whatever layer you last used stays active even if you reboot, shut down, or unplug the keyboard entirely.

Starting from the initially announced specs and pictures, my excitement for this keyboard has dropped a bit as a Poker II owner. I really like the low-profile metal case, it makes this board look and feel quite attractive. The stock keycaps are an improvement from it's predecessor. I think the new legend alignment looks pretty good, though they still come with this weird off-white infill, that looks very inconsistent from key to key as can be seen in the video.

I would still put custom keycaps on this. The programming is still lacking. Yeah, you get additional layers, but the main layer is still fixed. The arrow keys are now on the right, but they dropped the volume buttons. They upped the macro length from 14 to This seems like a trivial code change. I think like it's still too short for text snippets, but 14 seemed long enough for other key combinations already. The only substantial difference I see from the Poker II is the metal case.

The other changes look rather meh to me. I'll stick to the II and hope for a good deal on a metal case in the community markets. It looks like the PCB has holes for LEDs and resistors already soldered on, but in the interest check over at Geekhack, it has been confirmed that the non-backlit model is not compatible with LEDs. Do you know if this is just on your review sample, or will this PCB also ship in the retail version? Does the keyboard remember which Layer was currently active across restarts?

Let's say you always work on Layer 2 - do you have to manually switch to it everytime when powering up the Pok3r? This is the statement I received from their official facebook team: I was wondering if it was possible to solder LEDs on the non-backlit model of this keyboard.

I'm assuming that the LED holes are just on the engineering samples and will be missing in the shipping models. I wish Vortex would be more specific about this. The good news about your plan is an aftermarket case is likely better quality than the new stock one.

Rhinofeed always comes with a great review, but first! Whos getting the POK3R? I still prefer the Poker II: I'm pretty satisfied with my poker II. That backplate looks pretty nice though, hope they sell that individually.

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Thank you for the suggestion though! Will they include other switch types in that run? It's a littler over twice the weight. Did you even watch the review? Great video and thanks for stopping by. Do you know if they actually ship from Europe? I'm a bit worried about VAT. They have a couple warehouses, I remember seeing a France one when checking out: I guess it is, though: In Restore to factory default section: And in DIP Switch function description: You can move them anywhere you would like.

Software seems to be the only solution at the moment. Any reason I shouldn't cancel and go for this? Let's see how it will behave and how I'll feel about it. I must have one! Poker 2s are being discontinued in favor of the Poker 3. Awesome firmware, DIY, Costar stabs.

So well, full programmability seems indeed bullshit. The only exceptions are: You can have as many arrow keys as you want on your Fn layer.

It's worth mentioning that the keyboard also comes in an RGB backlit edition , and if that's what you're into then you're in luck. But the backlit version likely has clear ABS keycaps that are painted and laser etched, so you won't get anywhere near the quality of the thick PBT keycaps I received on mine. Perhaps the biggest feature of the POK3R is the programming ability.

There are now four independent programming layers found that you can toggle through the keyboard, and all of the custom keys are saved directly on the keyboard's hardware rather than requiring companion software to program it.

LEDs under the spacebar will specify which layer you're using after switching into it. The POK3R has been great to use so far and has been extremely reliable. It worked without issue with OS X and I've been using it for a couple months purely for developing and have had a lot of success with it.

The native Colemak support, the native four programmable layers Perhaps one area I didn't like is the way the aluminum case was painted: Because of the quality of all of the materials it's also significantly heavier than your average mechanical keyboard, which would make it somewhat difficult to travel with.

But both of these are just nitpicking at this point: In the interest of fairness I'll still knock it down a point - especially for the inconsistency of the paint - but those two places are the only areas where I can fault it. Special thanks to Banggood which sponsored the keyboard for this review. There is a learning curve to this, though, but we'll cover all of that in the review below!

Comfort and ergonomics The rule of thumb is that the smaller the keyboard, the more ergonomic and comfortable it is. Quality of materials I covered this in the design section but it's worth iterating it again:

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