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Vortex POK3R V2 Keyboard


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Vortexgear adds to their popular POKER series of 60% form factor keyboards, now in the 3rd gen POK3R lineup, with the low-profile POK3R V2. It features a CNC-machined aluminium case, high quality multi-tone PBT keycaps in their exclusive VSA profile, and Cherry MX Low Profile Red RGB switches for less than $100!

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System Name PowerEdge R730 DRS Cluster
Processor 4x Xeon E5-2698 v3
Cooling Many heckin screamy bois
Memory 480GB ECC DDR4-2133
Video Card(s) Matrox G200eR2
Storage SD Card. Yep, really no other local storage.
Display(s) It's probably a couple of boring Dell Ultrasharps and a sacrificial laptop.
Case 39U 6-rack server room with HEVC and 44KVA UPS
Mouse Maybe
Keyboard Yes!
Software ESXi 6.5 U3
Benchmark Scores I once clocked a Celeron-300A to 564MHz on an Abit BE6 and it scored over 9000.
I love the idea of these but have never experienced a situation where a regular TKL keyboard is too big for a desk.

If I need something smaller, chances are I'll be using a tiny little folding BT keyboard rather than something non-folding with full-sized keycaps.

I guess I just can't see myself ever wanting to relearn a keyboard layout to drop from 80% (TKL) to 60-65% layouts like these. I'm not even keen on the 75% TKL layout that smushes keys together just to save a fraction of space.

I would even consider myself a potential target for this niche market as I often SSH into a headless bank of rack servers from a tablet and want a keyboard better than the on-screen one. I just can't see how the 60-65% is enough of a reduction over the 75-80% models to justify taking it instead of either a normal layout keyboard, or something that either folds into a jeans pocket, or folds up against a tablet.
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