CODE 61-Key Mechanical Keyboard - Cherry MX Clear

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Best 60% keyboard Review by DAK
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Being basically a Pok3r keyboard, buying the CODE branded board from WASD gives you local, US support, and well as availability of hard to find options like MX Clear switches in a backlighted keyboard. Since I believe that the Pok3r is the best available commercial 60% board, this is a fantastic option.

Faster shipping, local support, premium construction makes buying from WASD an easy choice. (Posted on 7/7/17)
Solid as a rock Review by Space saver
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I have two WASD 87 key with Cherry browns and this WASD Code 61 key with Cherry clears. I am not sure whether yet whether I prefer browns or clears but I love both keyboards. The 61 is built like a tank (that is good). I got a case for it to take with me but use it mostly at home with a Surface Pro 4. Customer service is prompt and complete. I actually stopped by the company HQ before I purchased and tried a few keyboards. I have figured out easily how to use a 61 key keyboard and now am looking forward to figuring out how to program my WASD Code. I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase. Wonderful product. (Posted on 6/26/17)
Solid as a rock Review by Space saver
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I have two WASD 87 key with Cherry browns and this WASD Code 61 key with Cherry clears. I am not sure whether yet whether I prefer browns or clears but I love both keyboards. The 61 is built like a tank (that is good). I got a case for it to take with me but use it mostly at home with a Surface Pro 4. Customer service is prompt and complete. I actually stopped by the company HQ before I purchased and tried a few keyboards. I have figured out easily how to use a 61 key keyboard and now am looking forward to figuring out how to program my WASD Code. I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase. Wonderful product. (Posted on 6/26/17)
A great compact keyboard, but get your own keycaps Review by Anon
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Offers a great level of customisability with three programmable layers, while keeping a locked down default layer (great for when people want to give it a try).

The compact, yet sturdy build makes it beautifully portable, and a pleasure to use with a mouse due to the reduced arm spread.

Only considerable downside is the keycaps shipped with the unit, being a rather thin, and easily dirtied black ABS plastic. Needless to say, this can be fixed with your own set of keycaps.

Overall, this keyboard is a winner. If you're tired of larger boards, or just want a convenient way of taking your favourite Cherry MX on the go, this is the board for you. (Posted on 3/11/17)
Throw away your full size keyboard get a compact Review by sK0pe
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Build:
Amazing, aluminium base, heavy and sturdy enough that it sin't going to move and looks great.

I was a bit apprehensive about getting the ABS keycaps, instead of the PBT provided with regular Pok3rs but these are definitely better than my prior ABS set however in the future I will likely buy a PBT set.

I would recommend the 0.2mm dampeners for extra dampening from accidental bottoming out, this keyboard is quieter than all the membranes in my office now.

Lighting:
Great, heaps of brightness, although I leave it on reactive personally. The only better thing would be to add RGB but Cherry MX clears aren't provided with lighting so this is the closest you can get to backlit keys with the best MX switch (clear).

Switch:
The best quality clears I've used so far, very smooth and all the switches feel the same while many Cherry switches have gotten to the point where actuate pressure varies per key on the same board.
The switch itself is great actuation is when the tactile point occurs like Browns however they aren't minuscule like browns so you know to let go. Also the exponential increase in pressure really forces you to learn to touch type and dissuades you from bottoming out. These switches train you to touch type! Probably the only other switches on this level are the Zealiios switches.

Many people will say these switches are too heavy to game with but if you can game with Blue switches these are fine for you.

Compact:
I'm still getting use to it but was surprised at how quick I got use to the general use such as arrow, volume and nav keys. The movement of the arrow keys to IJKL cluster makes a lot of sense as soon as you switch your caps lock to function.
Ergonomically this thing is great my shoulders are already way more comfortable as is using the mouse while using the keyboard.

Not moving off the home row is also great.

The only thing I'm still getting use to is building muscle memory for putting function keys into combinations shortcuts but it's more about choosing the appropriate function key with the appropriate modifier (control, shift or alt and a number). It shouldn't take more than a few more days for it to be seamless.

The build quality will make your HHKB toting work mates cry. (Posted on 2/20/17)
Wish there were backlit Colemak keycaps Review by Steve McQueen
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WASD does not offer backlit function layer keys in the Colemak layout. Otherwise a fantastic keyboard for QWERTY users. (Posted on 12/23/16)
It's ok Review by Mo
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This keyboard is well built und it functions properly, but.. everytime I turn on all the leds it's making a buzzing sound, a very high pitched one. On reactive tiping it doesn't. On breathing it does when all the leds are lit. Since the backlight is a main selling point I have to take off one star. The other one is taken off by the bad cable that is too stiff to even use and the duty charges I wasn't informed off when I bought the keyboard.
Since everybody knows that Cherry MX keys are quality keyswitches I dont need to say something about that.
Your quality control should be better for a keyboard of that price. (Posted on 12/2/16)
Awesome keyboard Review by brian
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This keyboard is great. Smaller and heavier than I expected it to be, but it's perfect.

60% layout is great for keeping my mouse hand closer to center, and the lack of arrow keys/etc is not a problem since it's programmable on the extra layers so you can remap all sorts of useful commands to fn-whatever. As a vim user, mapping arrows to hjkl makes it easy to keep my hands on the home row.

Only minor downside is a lack of 100% programmability, but this keyboard is great and has changed my life at work for the better. (Posted on 11/28/16)
Love it Review by Anon
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This is a pretty great keyboard...assuming you can get around the idiosyncrasies that come with the 60% form factor.

Personally, it makes me a much more efficient typist, so I absolutely love the keyboard. I'm sure I'll love it more and more as I get used to the key combinations.

Advice: Use the switch that changes caps lock to FN. It makes this keyboard much easier to use.

Pros:
* Small size
* Efficient layout (can do more from home row compared to normal keyboards)
* Customizable layouts
* Multiple layers
* Multimedia keys
* Backlight
* Detachable cable

Cons:
* Customizing keycaps loses backlight
* ABS Keycaps (Regular Pok3r is PBT)
* Quirky layout/Learning curve (Posted on 7/14/16)
Well... Review by coder
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I wrote an enormous review of this keyboard, then I hit the wrong key and the page changed. It completely erased over 1,000 words of details on this keyboard.
Word of advise to the coders of this site: Cookies, use them. I shouldn't have to retype that review due to accidentally leaving the page, and I won't, you lost that.
Pros:
The size is great, that is what got me here. I have the other CODE keyboards with clear switches, all great. I thought 10keyless would work for me, no. I got the full size, hated the footprint. I did more searching and wound up here, again. Kudos to WASD for rebranding the POK3R 3 as a code keyboard and recognizing that it doesn't get a whole lot better than that.
Here are my abbreviated thoughts:
The backlight is a must for me. The side printed legends are also semi-translucent. They are readable in the dark. The other legends are much larger are nicer than the typical CODE keyboard. My other ones have small legends that are left aligned, I prefer the center aligned, especially with a backlit keyboard and here is why: if you want a backlight, likely it is because you type in the dark. If you are searching keys in the dark, you will likely center on the bright spot. If that spot is off center, you will likely fat finger your keys without practice = more work.
I really wish WASD/Vortex had taken a cue from Japan and its direct competitors and pared down the space bar on each side. They could have put the function buttons there and sacrificed no keys. As is, I am now required to use the CAPS LOCK as a function button because every last function is on the right hand side of the keyboard and my hand is not big enough to reach any of that without a great stretch. when pushing the default function button. I had to set CAPS LOCK to CAPS LOCK + LSHIFT before setting dip switch 3 to on. That does require me to leave home row, with my small hands I will change it sometime tonight, but that was the quickest thing I had. Once you change CAPS LOCK to fn via dip switch you cannot use it as caps lock ever again. You must reassign it beforehand or lose that functionality. I'm not currently certain where to put it. Currently testing FN+LSHIFT, that is the right side fn, much easier to get two handed. Remember, if you change the caps lock to fn you cannot program it to another button unless you undo that switch.

Cons:
No keypad. Solution: program one in on its own layer, learn to use the 1-0 keys at the top of the keyboard (that's what I do).
For those that don't use keyboard shortcuts, this will be a huge learning curve. Otherwise, this is easy to use.

I had a much more detailed explanation but it was lost and I don't have time to go on. If you want the smallest form factor and backlighting then get this thing quick. The number pad is the only thing you might miss and there are remedies for that. (Posted on 3/26/16)

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