Varmilo Dragon & Phoenix VA104M Mechanical Keyboard
Varmilo Dragon & Phoenix VA104M Mechanical Keyboard
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Inspired by legendary fire creatures of fable and folklore, the Dragon and Phoenix are mechanical keyboards of mythic proportions. In Chinese culture, they represent good prosperity and happiness Read More

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I would love to see a TKL version. I just love how simple and amazing it looks, I personally don't use the number pad. It just takes a bunch of space. This is the best keyboard Ive seen. Hope I can buy one of these soon.
abernardi
2
Feb 20, 2020
I bought the Varmilo Dragon Phoenix VA104M Mechanical Keyboard and initially it worked great. I'm on a Mac, so I got some mac modifier keys at maxkeyboard.com. The only problem with them is that the LED backlights shine brighter through these than the other keys. I may try to attenuate the keys somehow. Any suggestions? Unfortunately I've run into a bigger problem: I used the traditional method of remapping the modifier keys to the mac layout (through the Keyboard panel in the system preferences) and all was fine for about 2 weeks. Then all of a sudden certain keys seemed to remap themselves. I reset the Keyboard mapping in the system preferences and this is what I'm left with (using Windows ID's): Left Control is mapped to Caps Lock Right Control is fine Caps Lock is mapped to both Control keys Both "windows" are mapped to nothing, unresponsive Both ALT's are mapped to the "window" keys I installed Karabiner - Elements and was able to remap the Caps Lock and Control keys to work properly, but both "windows" keys are still unresponsive. So now I basically don't have any Option keys. I found several "fixes" online to reset the keyboard, but nothing has worked. Why was it initially working fine and then suddenly changed? HELP!
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abernardi
2
Feb 20, 2020
After much futzing around I was able to remap all the keys using Karabiner. One weird thing still is when I press Function and the right "Window" key together the keyboard blinks once and then I run back into the option keys not functioning. Anyone know why?
abernardi
2
Feb 4, 2020
Hi All, I've been using my Phoenix keyboard for a few days and I'm loving it. Thank you JadenSadow for the fn-x tip, I was fumbling around to find that. I'm using it on a mac. Does anyone know if I can get some modified keycaps that match the other keys and change the four modifier keys to Mac protocols?
abernardi
2
Feb 6, 2020
To add to my question: Do you guys think something like this would work? http://www.maxkeyboard.com/custom-mac-modifier-backlight-keycaps.html They look the same, but I would imagine every manufacturer's keys would look different and it wouldn't match. What do you think?
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JadenSadow
1
Jan 24, 2020
Hello everyone, I just received my product today from the drop that ended in early December, I'm liking it so far, but I'm having an issue with the backlighting. I figured out how to turn it on (fn-X), but then read in the manual about different backlighting modes, and tried to activate them with (fn-[function keys]). This shut the backlighting off except for the capslock, numlock, and scrolllock, which seem to function independently. I input the reset code (fn-esc for about 4 seconds) and the breathing mode started working. It's functional, with the speed up and speed down functions working as intended, but I'm unable to change the mode now. Pressing (fn-F1) does not return it to the full backlighting like the manual says it should, and performing another reset just turns the breathing mode back on. So at this point, I'm only able to have it off or breathing, which is a little irksome. Am I missing something? I tried looking to see if there were updated drivers or anything, but the Varmilo website only lists one driver, and it's not for this board. Does anyone know how to fix it?
Krynul
0
Nov 30, 2019
Hey so I'm new to mechanical keyboards and was wondering if anyone had recommendations to which switches would be best to start with. I'm sure everyone has personal opinions, but it's not exactly practical for me to test them all myself. Is there a good "standard" I should start with?
OliveGreen
0
Dec 25, 2019
go to a computer store nearby to test. worst case scenario go to bestbuy or something
PooStick
9
Nov 27, 2019
Are switches plate mounted and swappable, or are they soldered?
Soldered.
Elrick
2067
Nov 27, 2019
Went for the Dragon here. Of course it's with Clears, because what other selection to pick within this narrow range that was offered? Was hoping they'll offer Zilents V2 version here, then it would be something to purchase on the spot without any delay.
Would love to see Zeal switches in off the shelf keyboards someday!
Xcl4m4t10n
2
Nov 26, 2019
Detacheable cable?
Jestercow
108
Dec 19, 2019
case is not actually wooden, the grain is just printed on plastic: "...a plastic case with tasteful hydrographic transfer wood printing"
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KBDUser
43
Dec 19, 2019
Yes. I don't see it as a problem. I'm not a fan of Varmilo's fake wood grain on what is obviously black or white plastic, but when they at least try to colour it like wood, it can be aesthetic. I have keycaps it could work with, so I hope it becomes part of customization options.
Stephano16
10
Nov 26, 2019
I don't know how certain it oos, but everything is Varmilo quality except for keycaps right?
Varmilo has pretty rugged and high quality keycaps.
Stephano16
10
Nov 26, 2019
Is the reason this is priced high because not only of Varmilo build, but the theme; dragon or Phoenix, above the numpad
RangerXML
317
Nov 26, 2019
Obligatory “is this programmable” question.
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