The K120 is a membrane keyboard sold for around £13 and I'd had mine for over five years. Photo: Michael Murtaugh The WASD Code V3 and WASD V3 are both solid keyboards, and the … Disclaimer: This keyboard was purchased by me, with my own funds. They even do a white case option now. The V3 Mechanical Keyboard. Made just the way you want it. If you like a nice clean desk, this routing capability is a welcome addition. I’ve had them with Cherry clear switches, brown MX switches and blue MX switches. Delivery was provided by UPS who also kept me up to date with progress. I’ve been buying WASD boards since 2014. WASD V3 104-Key Custom Mechanical Keyboard . WASD Code V3 - What’s New? I'd initially ruled WASD out due to the cost and due to wanting to support a UK company if at all possible. I opted for Cherry MX Browns and had sound dampening O rings installed too. Conversely, even a super tough board like the WASD can flex and creak slightly if you push in the top case at the sides. The blues have been the ones I’ve tended to stick with. I’m a fan of that. We have dropped support for PS/2 for future firmware but are still offering legacy V2.5 firmware if you need PS/2. Note that WASD can only print the tops, not the sides of the keys. The V3 Mechanical Keyboard. In looking at a bunch of keyboards for a long piece on mechanical keyboards I wrote for Smashing Magazine (not published yet!) Customize. In this post I'm going to cover my experience of buying the WASD v3 keyboard, and my experience of using it over the last few of months. Once I had the package in my hands I was met with a plain brown cardboard outer carton which contained a WASD branded cardboard box: Despite the air miles this keyboard had done (manufactured in Taiwan, shipping to the USA for assembly, shipping t… It's fair to say I was excited, so kept hoping the parcel would suddenly be nearer than physics (or the roads' legal speed limits) would allow. The WASD Code V3 (bottom) is noticeably bulkier than the compact Varmilo VA87M (top). As I mentioned, the key caps come in a myriad of colours and you can select what you want for each key using the configuration tool on their website. I'm an IT professional with a keen interest in IT security. WASD CODE V3 Keyboard Review. The keyboard isn’t listed on WASD’s site yet, and there aren’t any reviews. Helpfully, the SVG contains various layers corresponding to different keyboard layouts, media key symbols (or text) and a selection of artwork. I sometimes speak at universities on IT security matters including penetration testing and network security. WASD V3 vs CODE vs VP3 Weyman April 18, 2020 21:31; Updated ; Follow V3: CODE V3: VP3: V2 ... V3 keyboards do not support PS/2, unfortunately, and will not ship with an adapter. I'm based in the UK, whereas WASD are in the USA. If you don’t want to get involved in the minutia of decisions to build your own but want a high quality mechanical keyboard, put the WASD V3 near the top of your shopping list. The V3, For Thee. There is plenty to recommend the WASD CODE V3 and standard V3 on the practicality front; great gripping feet, substantial heft, clever cable routing and the option of Zealio key switches. However, for V3 you can create macros and move keys around to your hearts desire. It drives me nuts that more keyboard makers don’t offer more than one option for cable routing. If I were choosing, I would also probably opt for the non-CODE variant as backlighting doesn’t appeal to me and I don’t like ABS keycaps — it drives me nuts when they go shiny. I’ve had the standard 87-Key and the CODE variants. Before committing to a final purchase I exchanged several emails with WASD too, checking various customisations (see below) and responses were initially very swift before taking slightly longer in subsequent replies. I wanted the Amiga keys, LAmiga and RAmiga, on my board but the included graphics only showed LAmiga. I was made aware of customs charges so I could pay these in advance - this meant there was no delay in the keyboard reaching me. Everything was answered in a reasonable time frame though. BUY . Obviously, you won’t be doing that day-to-day and the WASD suffers no more than any other ABS board. As I said in my previous post, I ended up choosing WASD as it was the only way I could get the layouts (Qwerty and Dvorak) on the key caps themselves. The tool is quite easy to use (hastily mocked up example below) and you can colour each key individually if you want to. A quick email to support and they advised they had the relevant artwork and I just needed to request it in the order comments box. Beyond providing me with their service, WASD have not influenced this review in any way (they didn't know I'd be writing it). This was tempting, and looks really good, but I wanted to be able to quickly and easily see the legends on my keys. WASD kindly rectified these for me and sent though the second revision of my proof (full size here). The design was sent to production within a day of my approval (given the different time zones it was probably sent off same day) and I was notified by email once the board was shipped to me. Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror has decided to team up with WASD Keyboards to create the CODE Keyboard, apparently his dream keyboard. WASD … Made just the way you want it. WASD CODE V3 Keyboard Review I’ve been buying WASD boards since 2014. WASD Keyboards takes the approach of creating platforms, essentially, and then iterating on them and letting people customize aspects like keycap color. After about 7 days the keyboard was in my hands, ready for use. BUY . I'd initially ruled WASD out due to the cost and due to wanting to support a UK company if at all possible. They have channels in the base meaning you can orient your cable so that it leaves the board at either side, to the side of the back or straight out of the back centre. Switch preference is a very individual thing but I think these switches are perfect in this board, giving wonderful tactile feedback and a lovely sound signature. The boards are made in Taiwan and ship from the USA. Overall I was very impressed with WASD's pre-sales. If colouring individual keys isn't your thing, WASD do offer the ability to print a custom image across all of the key caps. As low as $170.00. As low as $175.00. I’ve had them with Cherry clear switches, brown MX switches and blue MX switches. The chassis of WASD keyboards is sturdy plastic (ABS). Personally, I’d rather opt for a nice legible PBT keycap set but each to their own. The feet also flip out if you want a greater incline. This is because the new programming functionality makes it so PS/2 does not work, according to our devs. Made just the way you want it. In all my years using one as my daily driver, I’ve never had it move around accidentally. For the sake of the review and giving the brand its due recognition, I will refer to it as the WASD … The website has a very useful intro to custom layouts that provides some tips and, crucially, the layout file you'll need to edit. This is the first version of the CODE to offer programmability. WASD use UV colour printing to place your design on the keys and offer the keys themselves in a myriad of colours. I could have installed the O rings myself, but by the time I'd purchased them, removed every key, added an O ring, and reassembled I'd have spent more time than the $8 difference it would have been to get WASD to do that for me. WASD V3 87-Key Custom Mechanical Keyboard . Previously I'd been using a Logitech K120 with added Dvorak stickers (once blue, now very pale). Details have probably changed. Customize. I’ve had the standard 87-Key and the CODE variants. WASD v3 mechanical keyboard review (part 1), WASD v3 mechanical keyboard review (part 2). For the CODE V3 the biggest news for me was that you can now opt for Zealio 67g tactile switches instead of Cherry MX ones. Part two of my keyboard review, looking at its build quality and general usage. Oh, it’s USB-C on the CODE V3 too (you get a USB-C => USB-A cable along with a keycap puller in the box). Eight dollars well spent to be honest. Using SVG editing software such as Inkscape you make changes to WASD's provided SVG (a screenshot of mine is below). Both those points warrant further discussion but before we get to that, let’s get you up to speed. They do the standard V3 with a double-shot PBT keycap set which I think is the choice offering the greatest longevity. What I’m not a fan of is lighting on keyboards, as I’m over 10 years of age, but at least here it’s done tastefully, if that’s your thing. Aesthetically, the CODE is a deliberately understated design. The CODE version differs in that whilst the housing is the same as their stock keyboard, it uses backlighting and keycaps that let that backlight through. I’ve had the standard 87-Key and the CODE variants. The feet are substantial and very grippy. I’ll be honest though, while it’s a robust setup here, I’d much rather have access to QMK for this kind of thing — it’s just a lot easier to wrap your head around. 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