I purchased the Vortex Race 3 (Rac3) not long ago, but I was not entirely pleased with it. After much research, I purchased the WhiteFox from Input Club.

Initial impressions: I really like the materials, construction and build quality, colorway, Cherry MX Clear switches, and extra keycaps; the keycaps feel nice and I like that it has homing bumps on F and J; and the USB-C cable is awesome.

Initial frustrations: backspace is relocated to backslash, and I can’t get used to it a la the TrueFox layout; I thought this keyboard is backlit, but it is not; grave accent relocated to right side of number row next to the relocated backslash, neither of which is working for me; getting Homebrew installed was a little problematic but I got it figured out only to discover that I can’t get macros to work using KLL (no0b problems); and function keys don’t recognize from 16-24.

I relocated the keys to a standard layout with the exception of Esc being assigned to a function layer. I’m still having a hard time with backspace even in its new but standard location because it is a 1u key. I will try sticking with this keeb for a while and see how I feel about it later. For now, I would say it is on par with the Rac3 as each has its own merits and shortcomings.

My setup includes:

  • Fn+1=Mute
  • Fn+2=Volume decrease
  • Fn+3=Volume increase
  • Fn+4=Previous
  • Fn+5=Play/Pause
  • Fn+6=Next
  • Fn+7=F7 (Run shell script 1)
  • Fn+8=F8 (Run shell script 2)
  • Fn+9=F9 (Run shell script 3)
  • Fn+0=F10 (Run shell script 4)
  • Fn+-=F11 (Show Notification Center)
  • Fn+==F12 (Toggle Do Not Disturb)
  • Esc=F1 (Run shell script 5)
  • Delete=F2 (Run shell script 6)
  • PageUp=F3 (Run shell script 7)
  • PageDown= F4 (Run shell script 8)
  • Fn+`=Esc
  • Fn+F1=F15 (Run shell script 9)
  • Fn+C=F5 (Run shell script 10)
  • Fn+V=F6 (Paste and Match Style shortcut)

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