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This is just a rebranded Vortex Pok3r with different switches, isn't it? The bottom looks exactly like my CODE 60% (which is another rebranded Pok3r) and even has the same dip switches.
That's one way to look at it. Another way is that this is the only 60% board available with ALPS type switches. As a matter of fact, KBP is the only company that offers modern ALPS, which are superior to cherry switches in just about every way, save linears.
I'm pretty new to this so I'll just take your word on that.
The only other thing I can see is this is massively discounted from what I bought my CODE at (~US$120)
I'm sure many would argue that zealio offers superior táctiles, and I would be inclined to agree with them, but they are limited production, and prohibitevely expensive. As far as click switches go, their is nothing currently made that comes anywhere close.
Neither this keyboard, nor the the CODE keyboard are programmable to the extent of pok3r keyboards. Just because they have dip switches, doesn't make them the same. Heck you can't even switch to a non-QWERTY layout on this keyboard.
What are you talking about? The CODE 60% literally came with a Vortex Pok3r manual. It can also be changed between QWERTY, Dvorak, and Colemak. As for this one, I have no experience with it so I can't actually speak for it's functionality. That being said, there a few YouTube videos rating the 60% and the ones I've seen look much different than the one in the pictures for this drop. The one in this drop even has the exact same patterns on the rubber pads as the CODE and Vortex Pok3r. At the very least, something seems weird about this drop.
Not sure about "better" since there is tradeoff. Matias switches have more wobble and worse QC. Just switched back to Cherry switches after 4 Matias on my V80 went bad.
You must have bad luck. The QC issues were only on switches produced in mid-2016. They have since been retooled, and are now significantly more stable and reliable. This drop is literally the first using the new switches.
re: non-QWERTY support, that's why I said "on this keyboard."
Re: CODE 60%, I wasn't aware of existence of the 60%. I was only aware of full and TKL. I stand corrected. The manual for CODE 60% does look like it functions just like pok3r. Upvoted you for that. Too bad TKL isn't programmable. I'd get in on the current TKL drop in a heartbeat.
If you look at the manual for *this* keyboard, it is clear that this one is no pok3r.
"More stable" Does that mean less wiggle? And say I don't want this one specifically... how can I be sure I'm getting one with the new revision of switches?
Less wiggle was my understanding, but we won't know for sure until this is tested. As far as whether or not a particular board has new or old switches, the only way to be sure is to order directly from the manufacturer. I know that MechanicalKeyboards.com for instance, has had boards with old switches in stock.
That's fine, because I'm going to buy a set of switches for my V80 when they restock in July and replace them one by one. Thanks for the info.
How do you know for sure this drop is using the retooled switches?