I love this keyboard, I have a small desk and this keyboard gives me a lot of room for my mouse as I play FPS. I have the red switches and I love them really nice typing feeling, but I would love to try all the key switches when I can. (Posted on 12/20/16)
I'm satisfied with this keyboard. Though, some comments are below:
1. Keycaps are like ceramic; in conjunction with Cherry MX Blue switches sound is slightly metallic. It is not bad, just was not expected by me.
2. WASD doesn't provide option with Cherry MX Green switches, whereas it is available for the same keyboard of CODE line.
3. Original Vortex keyboard is equipped with PBT keycaps (though not with doubleshot ones and not so good). It would be perfect to have doubleshot PBT keycaps option as soon as this is Custom keyboard.
In summary, it is very interesting keyboard which allows me to have mechanical keyboard during trips, due to its compact dimensions and weight. (Posted on 10/25/16)
I went with custom colors and brown switches for this one and this keyboard looks and feels fantastic. I've always just used 10 dell keyboard in the past so the switch to a different keyboard was a little hard, making think about what I'm typing but I got used to it before long.
This is a heavy keyboard which is good because it feels sturdy. Its nice having a cord that can be unplugged from the keyboard itself and a dip switch to change caps lock (which is useless) to fn which is extremely necessary for this keyboard if you want to use the arrow keys. You can also make the lower right part of the keyboard the arrow keys (shift, pn, fn, ctrl) by hitting alt space which is a nice option.
Overall its nice to have a portable mechanical keyboard even though getting used to the 60% is a little hard at first (Posted on 10/17/16)
This is my first true mechanical keyboard and I went for it with custom colors as well as a Mac Dvorak layout. Since this layout is unusual I did have a minor problem getting it work 100% with my Mac but everything is fine now. The instructions have nothing to offer a Mac user, especially one using a Dvorak layout like me. So I didn't know if I was supposed to use the firmware switches beneath the keyboard vs the layout setting in Mac OS X, or both. Also, I found that the command key was functioning as an option key when pressed. Switching layers on the keyboard must be done with the layout in the QWERTY mode, something also not mentioned in the instructions. Aside from the instructions(literally a folded sheet of paper), the website is also not terribly helpful and I only got real answers when I opened a chat up with a support person via the website. Between the two of us, I finally got most of the hints above sorted out. I get it, a 61key VP3 in Mac Dvorak puts me in a pretty small minority, but I still wish there was a little more info on the website regarding layers, mac setup, and issues with the command keys. Now that it's working normally, I really like it. The one thing I wish it had that WASD does not offer is RGB backlighting, and if I ever buy another one, that's the first feature I'm going to look for. Since this board is for typing only, and no games are played on it, I went for Cherry MX Blue switches and I'm pretty happy with that. The rhythmic sound they make when typing sentences makes me want to type more.
So if you just happen to want to setup one of these as a Dvorak board on a Mac, after plugging it in, and the Keyboard preferences pane opens because the OS has no idea what kind of keyboard this is, choose ANSI. Don't touch the switches on the bottom. Make sure none of lights denoting layers hidden under the space bar are on. Mine was in layer three when I first hooked it up. Remember, you can't change layers in the Dvorak layout, you must switch to QWERTY. Also, I had to do one last modification in the keyboard preferences to get the command button working. Under "Modifier Keys", I had to change the "Option" key to "Command". That got the Command button working correctly.
Aside from the setup issues, I'm perfectly happy with this keyboard. It's unique as hell. WASD support was quick and helpful, even though it's pretty obvious that the vast majority of their customers are Windows users. Thanks to WASD for offering a pretty unique product and having good customer service.
I needed a mechanical to take with me in my laptop bag and it doesn't dissappoint. I have it in clears and the feedback plus the quietness of it is amazing.
It's in custom colours and easily turns heads in the office while still being a very heavy practical work keyboard. I just wish that it had raisable feet so that I can adjust it and that the cable be in the center so I can route the cable however I like, but I'm nitpicking at this point. Very soid, very happy. (Posted on 10/2/16)
Love the keyboard. Solid, stable, looks great. Programming was easy (other than moving the Fn key with the 4th dip switch), but found help online. My first 60% - still getting used to the embedded arrow keys but the minimalism is worth the learning curve! :) (Posted on 9/30/16)
Very nice keyboard that just runs so well compared to what I was using previously.
This is my second mechanical keyboard and my first with cherry switches! I can tell you that the feel for the keyboard is just right and typing on it is quite nice!
Having custom font and images on the keycaps was what really drew me to this keyboard because I really wanted my keyboard to be my own, WASD knocked it out of the park with an amazing job!
I will be returning to WASD for all my future keyboard needs!! (Posted on 9/20/16)