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I'm looking for a minimalist, compact high end keyboard and I stumbled across the Vortex Poker II. I really like the layout and size so I'm wondering if there are other alternatives that are comparable to this one that I should consider? Thanks smile.gif
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Wow that thing's tiny. The other compacts I know of are the Filco Minila and Keycool 84, both of which i have used and i prefer the keycool for the backlight and excellent key layout.
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What kind of budget do you have? You could consider a Leopold FC660C if you're willing to spend the money, otherwise you could consider a Leopold FC660M or a KBT RACE II.
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Thank you both for your suggestions! I think I like the simplicity of the Poker II the best so far but how is the build quality? I don't have a budget either. Another question, are PBT keys worth it over ABS?
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Thank you both for your suggestions! I think I like the simplicity of the Poker II the best so far but how is the build quality? I don't have a budget either. Another question, are PBT keys worth it over ABS?

As far as I know the build quality is good, but I don't own one so I can't attest to whether it's as good as some of the better built boards out there like a Filco or a Ducky.

I would say PBT keycaps are worth it simply because they will last longer before developing a shine compared to ABS keycaps. That being said, the Poker II has a "standard" layout, so getting another set of keycaps later on won't be an issue.
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As far as I know the build quality is good, but I don't own one so I can't attest to whether it's as good as some of the better built boards out there like a Filco or a Ducky.

I would say PBT keycaps are worth it simply because they will last longer before developing a shine compared to ABS keycaps. That being said, the Poker II has a "standard" layout, so getting another set of keycaps later on won't be an issue.

Awesome thanks for the help. I'll leave this thread open for another day or two to see if I get any other suggestions but I think I will be picking one of these up! I'll do a review when I recieve it as well and compare it to my ducky, filco, and das thumb.gif
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Glad we could help. smile.gif
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I can't find the Vortex Poker II with PBT caps in MX Browns anywhere. If anyone sees one, please PM me smile.gif
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