published: 11th of May 2019
I recently purchased the Vortex Race3 mechanical keyboard. I really love this keyboard, it has Cherry MX brown switches with 4 layers of arbitrary key programming. I like this board because its almost as compact as a 60% keyboard but has almost the same number of keys as a ten key less (TKL) board.
In this post I am documenting the process I went through to re-map the keys in case I need to do it again, plus it might be helpful for others.
I wanted to swap the Fn key with the Caps Lock key and the instructions to do this where not working. I noticed that the led indicator to re-program the keys was a purple colour instead of white as shown in some of the youtube review/instruction videos. This led me to a post that suggested the firmware needed to be updated in order to re-program the Fn key. Go over to here to download and update the firmware.
There are 4 layers of keys, but the first is the default layer and cannot be re-programmed. Switch to a non-default layer with the Fn + R-Shift keys. This will cycle through the layers and a led under the space bar will indicate the current layer. (No light is default layer)
Map the Fn + i keys to the up arrow key.
I found the Fn key to be in a bit of an awkward position so I remapped it to the Caps Lock key. I also mapped to Fn + i j k l keys to the arrow keys so I dont have to move my right hand to the bottom of the keyboard to work the arrows.
If you make a mistake you can reset the current layer or all layers.
The Vortex Race3 is a great little board, after using a TKL for years, I tried to go to a 60% but found I had to go into the Fn layers for too many keys and it gave me severe cramps in my left hand. The 75% Vortex Race3 has all the keys I need without the need to overuse the Fn layer. The ability to re-map the keys to your desired layout make this keyboard the one for me and I will be sticking with it for the foreseeable future.