Vortex KBC Poker 3 Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This keyboard, like the Hacking Keyboard, has strong hacker connection for some reason. I suppose it's the quality of build.

This keyboard features a innovation, of programble keys, in such a way that you just press keys on the keyboard to start programing key macros, without needing to install software. The keyboard has 4 layers, 3 of which can be programed.

KBC Poker 3 keyboard 1
KBC Poker 3 keyboard. 61 keys. KBC POKER keyboard

Major features:

KBC Poker 3 keyboard pok3r logo
POK3R logo
KBC Poker 3 keyboard 3
KBC Poker 3 keyboard, the light indicates you are in a different layer. KBC POKER keyboard

Programming Instruction:

Vortex Poker 3 (Pok3r) Mechanical Keyboard: Overview. For the key macro programing, jump to 4:15.
KBC Poker 3 keyboard keycap profile
KBC Poker 3 keyboard. KBC POKER keyboard

Dvorak, Colemak, Qwerty, Layouts

KBC Poker 3 keyboard layout
KBC Poker 3 keyboard. KBC POKER keyboard

Look at the arrow keys. You need to hold the Fn to press them. And Fn is position on the right side. So, it is awkward. Good thing is that you can set Caps Lock to Fn.

In the back are 4 dip switches.

dip switch1234
QWERTYoff
Dvorakonoff
Colemakonon
Caps Lock as Fnon
Swap Fn and Pnon

〔►see Alternative Keyboard Layouts

Conclusion

In the end, i think this is a fantastic keyboard for programers. In contrast to other gaming keyboards, this one, got dynamic key macros feature without needing extra software.

However, the keyboard does not have physical arrow keys. You can't play pacman with it.

For alternative compact keyboards, see: Keyboards without Numeric Keypad.