Vortex Pok3r

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Vortex Pok3r
Vortex Pok3r Front Top.png
Model no. VTG-6100
Branding none
Manufacturer Vortex
Features 3 programmable layers, (RGB) backlighting, DIP switch configuration,
Layouts 60% ANSI, ISO
Keyswitches Various Cherry MX variants
Switch mount Plate mount
Keycaps Doubleshot ABS (backlit), Printed PBT (non-backlit)
Interface Mini USB port
Rollover USB NKRO
Introduced 2014[1], backlit, RGB 2015[2]
Supersedes KBC Poker II
Price 120$ - 150$ Retail[3]
Stabiliser Cherry plate mount

KBT Pok3r, KBC Poker 3, Vortex Pok3r, or simply Pok3r is a programmable 60% keyboard from KBT. It is the successor to the original KBC Poker II. Versions are available with single color or RGB back lighting (with doubleshot ABS keycaps[4]) and without back lighting (with printed PBT keycaps[5]). Notable improvements over the KBC Poker II are a solid cast aluminium keyboard case and two additional programmable layers. The doubleshot PBT ANSI RGB modifiers keys are no longer included.

Box contents

  • One Pok3r keyboard[5]
  • Mini-USB cable

Programming

Programming is done using key combinations and is stored permanently in the keyboards micro controller. There is no programming software required or available for the Pok3r. It is impossible to backup/restore the configuration of a Pok3r. Step 1. Choose the layer (Fn+ <, > or ? key) which you want to program
Step 2. Press Fn + Right CTRL to enter the programming mode (Spacebar right LED steadily lit)
Step 3. Press the key you want to program (Spacebar right LED flashing)
Step 4. Key in the programming content and then press Pn (Spacebar right LED steadily lit again)
Step 5. Repeat step 2 and step 3 to program other keys
Step 6. Press Fn + Right CTRL to exit programming mode ( Spacebar right LED off)

Taken from the Pok3r manual[5]. Please check the manual for further details regarding the default layer, programming and other features.

Known restraints

Unlike previous versions of Vortex-made 60% keyboards, the PN key does not act as a temporary layer switch key for the programmable layer. This is due to the increase of programmable layers from one to three and the extended usage of the PN key for backlight configuration.

Early versions (Firmware < 1.1.4) did not include media control keys in the firmware[6]. Please upgrade the firmware to solve this.

DIP Switches

The Pok3r supports Dvorak and Colemak through DIP-switch configuration:

SW1 SW2 Layout
On On Colemak
On Off Dvorak
Off On Qwerty
Off Off Qwerty

Functionality of DIP switches SW3 and SW4:

  • SW3 On: CapsLock = Fn, Off: CapsLock = CapsLock
  • SW4 On: Allow remapping of FN & PN, Off: FN & PN mapped to default keys

Variants

The Pok3r comes with a great variety of Cherry MX switches and in different case and keycap configurations. Backlit variants of the Pok3r are known to have double shot ABS keycaps. There are variants with white and black aluminium bottom cases. Not all variants are available in ISO layout.

Switch Case color Keycaps Backlight
Cherry MX Red Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Blue Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Brown Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Clear Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Green Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Black Black/White lasered PBT No
Cherry MX Red Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX Blue Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX Brown Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX Clear Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX Green Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX Black Black/White ABS Dual Coating White
Cherry MX RGB Red Black/White ABS double shot RGB
Cherry MX RGB Blue Black/White ABS double shot RGB
Cherry MX RGB Brown Black/White ABS double shot RGB
Cherry MX RGB Black Black/White ABS double shot RGB
Cherry MX RGB Silver Black/White ABS double shot RGB
Cherry MX RGB White Black/White ABS double shot RGB

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External links

Firmware & manual download

References