|Keyport Pivot and Slide 3.0|
|Keyport Slide 3.0|
So far, I am/was very happy with the Slide 2.0. Although, there were issues with the construction...mainly material choice...the plastic used could shatter if dropped. Ask me how I know that one. The aluminum construction of the Slide 3.0 (will hopefully) solve this minor issue. You can see one of the chips on my 2.0 in the image below. Besides, I am not a fan of the pivot system, not just Keyport's Pivot, pivot design systems in general.
The design of the 3.0 is similar to the 2.0. There are slight changes due the change from plastic to metal. For one, the 3.0 weighs a little more. Well, of course it does, it is metal. I like the added weight.
|Slide 3.0 and Slide 2.0|
One 'feature' that 2.0 users will miss when switching to the 3.0 is the little nub on one side of the Keyport chassis. I use this everyday to feel which distinguish which side is which, especially in the dark.
|Slide 2.0 nub vs smooth Slide 3.0|
Since I already had blades and inserts from the 2.0, when I got the new 3.0, I just transferred them over. I even reused by buttons. But, there was one insert that did not fit. The LED light insert is too wide to fit. I also had the problem of low battery life.
|Keyport LED insert|
Be careful to not go too deep. The red arrow shows the line where 'wire' that connects the battery to the switch. Try not to cut this line. If you do, that is okay. You should be able to re-route the wire back to the switch.
|Sanding to the line|
Now, battery removal. The batteries are spot welded on to the contacts. This is so the insert can slide in and out easily without catching on the walls of the chassis. I do not have, or know if there is, an un-spot welder. So, a solution is the drill out the spot weld.
|Spot weld locations|
|Tape down contacts to battery|
|Slide insert into chassis|
With both one edge trimmed to fit, new batteries replaced and taped, you can now slide in the insert into the chassis as you did on the 2.0.
After doing this, I realized the new design has an option for LED side plate. It looks like there is an easier way to change batteries.
|New LED side plate design|
If you want one of these yourself, you can order from Keyport.