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GK64 Review - Hot Swappable Aluminum Mech

GK64 Review: 60% Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard with Hot Swap Sockets

Ever had the urge to replace the switches in your keyboard only to chicken out at the last minute. Trust me, you’re not alone. Desoldering and replacing switches in a traditional mechanical keyboard requires knowledge, tools, patience and soldering skills that not everyone possesses. While it would be beneficial to learn the soldering/desoldering process for future projects, there’s a quick and much easier solution that anybody can use to change switches without any type of specialized equipment: Hot swap sockets.

Today I am reviewing the GK64, a fully aluminum mechanical keyboard that makes use of hot swappable sockets for practically effortless switch replacement. Continue reading to see just how simple… Continue reading

Vortex Core Review

Vortex CORE Review: Viva Tiny Mechanical Keyboards!

I have a special mechanical keyboard up for review today. The Vortex CORE could end up being a pioneer for 40% form factor keyboards and the future mech market. What makes it so unique? The CORE is not a kit that requires soldering skills for a complex assembly process. It’s not a custom you design and build yourself from the ground up based on a specific PCB. The Vortex CORE is the first mass produced, fully assembled 40% mechanical keyboard for the “mainstream” retail market.

Until now, these ultra compact 40% layouts have been mostly relegated to a hardcore niche audience, even among keyboard enthusiasts. Does the Vortex CORE have what it takes to invigorate the 40% market the same way its predecessor, the Poker series, did with 60% mechanical keyboards? We shall see… Continue reading

Vortex Core 40% Mechanical Keyboard Review

The Vortex Core 40% Mechanical Keyboard Has Landed

Vortex’s next “big” product comes in a tiny package. The Vortex Core 40% mechanical keyboard with aluminum case was just recently listed on Amazon.

The Core is a ultra-compact mechanical keyboard with only 47 dedicated keys. It uses multiple function layers and programmability to provide functionality similar to that of larger keyboards, but with a much smaller footprint for improved ergonomics and space-saving ability. Continue reading