Vortex Pok3r

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Vortex Pok3r
Branding none
Features Detachable cable, 3 programmable layers, backlighting, DIP switch configuration,
Layouts 60% ANSI, ISO
Keyswitches Cherry MX Brown, Cherry MX Blue, Cherry MX Red, Cherry MX Black, Cherry MX Clear, Cherry MX Green, Cherry MX RGB
Switch mount Plate mount
Keycaps Doubleshot ABS (backlit), Printed PBT (non-backlit)
Interface USB
Rollover USB NKRO
Years of production since 2015
Supersedes KBC Poker II
Price 120$ - 150$ Retail[1]

KBT Pok3r, 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 backlighting (with doubleshot ABS keycaps[2]) and without backlighting (with PBT keycaps[3]). Notable improvements over the KBC Poker II are a solid cast aluminium keyboard case and two additional programmable layers. The doubleshot PBT RGB modifier keys are no longer included.

Box contents

  • One Pok3r keyboard[3]
  • Mini-USB cable


Step 1. Choose the layer (Fn+ <, > or ? key) which you want to programming
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[3]. 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 did not include media control keys in the firmware. 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

External links

Firmware & manual download