Earlier this week I speculated that Vortex would continue to offer the Poker II as a low-cost alternative after the Poker III (POK3R) is released. I also speculated that the POK3R would be delayed past the projected Feb/March release date.
New developments suggest otherwise. The Poker II has gone out of stock at all the usual retailers, and Josh McConnell from MechanicalKeyboards.com has said that the Poker II will only be available by special order from Vortex after the release of the POK3R. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it looks like Vortex is phasing out (or at least de-emphasizing) the Poker II already.
Now, the question is: how much is the Poker III going to cost? With a host of new features including a full-aluminum case, its price point is going to come in higher than the Poker II’s ~$100. What remains to be seen is exactly how much higher, and whether buyers will bite.
McConnell also said that that Vortex has changed his most recent order of Poker IIs to Poker IIIs, suggesting that the POK3R could hit shelves sooner rather than later, after all. Further information as it’s available.
Read more about the Poker III here: The Vortex Poker III (POK3R) vs. the Poker II: What we know so far
What do you think? Will a $150-$200 Poker III achieve the same success as the $100 Poker II? Make yourself heard in the comments.
Image source: MechanicalKeyboards.com