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VORTEXGEAR Joins the Low Profile Keyboard Party at Computex 2019

VORTEXGEAR, or simply Vortex for convenience, is another keyboard company that goes the path of atypical form factors, similar to Mistel Keyboard whom the company often collaborates with. Vortex especially gained popularity with the enthusiast keyboard market thanks to their 60% form factor Poker keyboard lineup, with the current iteration being the Poker 3, or Pok3r. At Computex, Vortex showed off a low profile Pok3r using the relatively new Cherry MX Low Profile switches, and the Red RGB variant in particular.

The Pok3r Ultra Slim will come with different keycap options to choose from, with some colors seen in the images below. As with the standard Pok3r, it features near-complete programmability with onboard macro support and three layers to work with. The keyboard will use an anodized CNC-machined aluminium case, with a detachable USB Type-C cable as well. Expect pricing to be similar to the standard Pok3r when this comes out later this year. Read past the break for more new keyboards from Vortex!

Cougar Introduces the Turret Mid-Tower Case With Vortex RGB Fans

The Cougar Turret has an attractive angular form, it is a compact Mid-Tower that is ideal for customers looking for a good value and high quality case. It has two tempered glass panels. The first is a side panel, which lets you show off your computer's hardware. While the second on the front of the case creates an eye-catching glowing lighting effect when the two pre-installed Vortex LED fans are illuminated.

THE COUGAR TURRET AT A GLANCE:
  • Room for up to six cooling fans and three radiators (including a 360mm radiator in the front)
  • "Gaming vent system" to ensure constant airflow
  • Pre-installed Vortex LED fans.
  • Space for up to three graphics cards (max length 350mm)

Cougar Intros Vortex RGB HPB 120 Fans

Cougar today introduced the Vortex RGB HPB 120 mm fans in packs of 3, meant for 360 mm x 120 mm radiators. The fans are more optimized for radiators and heatsinks than case ventilation. The fans are characterized by a unique fan frame design, with guide panes that create a vortex at the receiving end of the fan, which Cougar believes, will increase the amount of heat picked up by the air, from heatsinks and radiators. At the front end of the frame (from which the fan draws air), is a silicone diffuser with 18 RGB LEDs.

Since these are sold in packs of three, the pack also includes an RGB LED controller dubbed "Core Box," with an RF remote control. This controller supports up to 8 fans, and up to four LED strips. As a fan itself, the Vortex RGB HPB 120 takes in 4-pin (PWM) input, spins between 600 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 43.54 CFM of air at top speed, with a noise output of 26 dBA (the company didn't mention at what speed). It implements a fluid-dynamic bearing (referred to as "hydro dynamic bearing" by the company). The company didn't reveal pricing.

Vortexgear Joins in With More Wireless Mechanical Keyboards

Vortexgear, which is more commonly referred to simply as Vortex, has a close collaboration with iKBC when it comes to their product line and this year at Computex was no different. Indeed, it was evident that Vortex were joining in the fray of making 2018 the year of wireless mechanical keyboards now that RGB is a done deal, with every single new product having that option.

We began our look at the Vortex section of the giant Mistel/iKBC/Vortex booth with the new members to their popular Poker series of keyboards- a 60% form factor keyboard that offered onboard layers and programmability at a time when this was just a dream for even keyboard enthusiasts. The Poker IV is scheduled to work with their new software driver, thus finally allowing end users the freedom to customize layers and keys to a larger and easier extent than before. The two-tone keycap color scheme we saw with their recent keyboards carries over here, as does a thick plastic case to hit a wallet-friendly price point. On the back is a toggle for the power alongside a battery tray for two AAA batteries. New this year to the Poker series is also the so-called Poker Vol. 2 that trades in for a thick metal case and a split space bar. Images for the new Poker keyboards are seen below, and there is more to go after the break.
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