Custom Pok3r keyboard review (Zealiostotles)

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I’m Thomas and I do keyboard videos and reviews. Today we look at a custom Vortex Pok3r keyboard with Zealiostotles in it. As soon as I tried out these switches, I knew I wanted to review them sometime. The keycaps on this also really kick ass.

The practice sentence was: “Hello my name is Thomas and I’m typing on a custom Pok3r keyboard with MaxKeys SA keycaps and zealiostotles right now. My, this is a nice keyboard to use indeed! Thanks again for lending it to me!”

Comments

M Rawash says:

Kalih switches next? Particularly the Bronze/Thick Gold switches.

Lovetoeat Allthefood says:

Agreed re: 60% layout being pointless. The rationale seems to be that a smaller layout is better for ergonomics because they require less hand/wrist movement – but personally I think any advantage there would be offset (and then some) by the RSI from all of the extra function/modifier key presses needed for common keys.

Wobbled says:

Small keyboards aren’t really about saving desk space, it’s about getting your mouse closer in so your arms aren’t held in uncomfortable positions. Small boards are a lot more ergonomic.

Minecraft OFP857 says:

Seems like a 60% keyboard would be sorta useless. I frequently use function keys and the numpad’s navigation keys, so I can’t grasp how people can stand the lack of those keys. It could just be that I’ve been using the same style of keyboard for years, and I’m sure some people are more comfortable with the smaller keyboards, but I’m always going to prefer the more keys of the IBM Enhanced layout.

Devive Dub says:

Cherrys tactile and clicky switches are by far the worst ive tried. Outemu Blues are superior to Cherry Blues in key feel imho, at least they have a really noticeable click and bump to them. Also, switches are important to gamers. I really dislike gaming on linear switches because they tend to actuate just by my hand hovering above them, which makes me move when i dont want to.

Theo de Raadt says:

diogenes switches when?

sonicase says:

ah shit getting into custom stuff now

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That board is beautiful

Rekty Rektingson says:

Damn that sounds good

isuckatsoldering says:

I thought you disliked the high pitched click of mx blues? The zealiostotles seem even higher pitched. They get right under my skin.

flea925 says:

I’d love to see a review of Romer G switches.

Rob Ostry says:

I really like the dish key caps. So many of the keyboard from the 70’s-80’s had that style it is a great retro feel.

Tianming Chen says:

I just found the channel reaches 10k subscribers! Congrats Thomas!!

Butch says:

Makes you really question the “Made in Germany” hype lol

menuhin says:

Among all the keyboard channels, you are the one that can reach 10K subscribers!
Keep it up to bring both the historical and mega-trendy keyboard related stuffs in front of the camera! 🙂

Briggseey says:

those SA caps are really nice with the white board.

Nick Alexander says:

Sounds like a model m from the days of old.

Commodorefan64 says:

I love ten keyless boards, but man these Pok3r boards are just way too small for my liking.

EthanE3Eves says:

How would you say these compare to SKCM Blue, Chyros?

tyrgoossens says:

I’m surprised there’s a difference between “zeliostotles” and “gaterostotles”. I was under the impression that Zelios just used Gateron housings with a custom molded slider.

Grell Sutcliff says:

Would you like to review some razer green board? Interesting how it feels after a lot of other clicky switches.

Totally Radical Dude says:

these look cool and compact but i could never use one without dedicated nav keys as my main kb, yeah yeah hotkeys and fn layers but y tho. its like purely for aesthetics

Findecanor says:

I’m guessing that the keys were made floating so as to limit the amount of metal that had to be used and just routed out.

Matthew Palmer says:

Bezel bezel

S- Inks says:

Zealiostotles Vs. SMK second gen mx switches? Would you consider SMK mx switches in the same category as mx switches and zealiostotles being the best mx switches over all?

Bolea Alexandru says:

Want to buy it!

Klblaz says:

One thing that I like the most about my Planck (40%) is that it can fit in my small backpack where I usually transport my laptop. If the keyboard was any larger it wouldn’t fit. I also like that every key is no more than 1u from my fingers. I touch type, but can’t often find keys outside of alphanumeric block without looking (on a normal sized keyboard). It can sometimes get frustrating when I need to look down and search for less used keys, which doesn’t happen on my planck. But those reasons are specific to me, and it’s kind of stupid when people want to change preferences that others have.

John Matthias says:

Heartbreakingly beautiful keycaps. I just got a 60% alps, and the lack of a nav cluster is frustrating. There isn’t much flexibility with key arrangement either. I’m not sure if that can be ameliorated with software if the layout is determined by dip switches. Playing around now with switch sounds/click leaves, but any arrangement sounds better than cherry.

Seth Chamberlin says:

What do you think about Zealios switches on their own?

ykh lmao says:

it has a really really crisp click !

Tianming Chen says:

I am a 60% user. To me, the point is 60% is not so much about space saving, though it does keep my mouse a bit closer. The most important point is it needs very little hand movement to access any key. For example, on a full size board, I have to move my hand across the board to access arrow keys but on 60% they are right beneath my finger tips with a fn key.

P.S. great video. really enjoyed it.

pikajoos says:

I have a keyboard with plate mounted cherry blues. I like the keyboard a lot, but the switches, meh. Is it possible to mod aristotle stems into the cherry housings without taking the board completely apart?

LT YV says:

zzzzzzzz… still bad-mouthing Cherry as usual in EVERY. SINGLE. video.

Unregistered007 says:

Dam, those key caps look amazing. Almost remind me a typewriter

KRYDEZ _ says:

i’ve got a boner cause of your voice.

Commander Spock says:

sick bud

Angry Jizz says:

TKL makes more sense than 60%. Had a ducky mini once and its hard to work with

Tianming Chen says:

I believe non-blacklit Pok3r’s PBT caps are not dyesub but laser etched. It’s yellow-gold legend on deep grey keycap. There’s no way to dye a lighter color on darker color keycap.

Agent Smith says:

Well I have an old keyboard with aristotle key switches. Do you think that is worth doing the mod ?

Paulgoeshiking says:

Are these normal Dolch caps?

Benrob0329 says:

Would you consider starting to post on Vid.me with all of YouTube’s recent video takedown?

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