I have a lot of things from drop, so I feel lucky having not been disappointed by this mystery box. Especially with the absolutely bonkers sales going on right now.
I still can't recommend a mystery box unless you really know what you're getting into or are brand new to the hobby (the idea is somewhat predatory IMO), but I had to bite for this one because it included switches and deskmats.
Dark Red on black shine through for my cheapo keycaps. Probably the best shine-through colorway I have now.
MT3 Black Panther - I keep "accidentally" getting Marvel keycaps, and this one leaves me only "needing" Iron Man left. This one's the most pleasing colorway of all the Marvel ones IMO.
70xHPX 5-pin - Definitely some good switches here! In fact, I had ordered some literally this morning but was able to cancel 2 of the 3 packages because I got them in my mystery box!
Captain America desk mat - I guess the mystery box can't be perfect :)
It's a mystery box, a loot box if you will. I believe part of the thrill is opening it and the anticipation of what you could get, not only what you receive.
I decided to join this round because they had a drop chart: 1 set of either GMK, DCX, or MT3; 1 Skylight set; 1 deskpad; 1 set of switches. Here's my thought process broken down:
I would have been happy with any GMK or DCX set. I like most of the GMK sets on Drop and they hold a decent amount of value so I could either sell or trade if I didn't like it. I was also intending on picking up a DCX set anyways to test out the profile as I've heard good things about it. Pulling a MT3 would have been most likely a miss for me. There are some cool colorways I wouldn't mind hitting but some other ones I don't particularly care for.
Skylight set I knew I would be able to use as a stocking stuffer this holiday.
Switches I was hoping to hit Aqua Kings or Holy Pandas. Any other non-cherry switch I would have been okay with. Cherry switches would have been a miss for me, but a stocking stuffer for my friends.
As for deskpad, I prefer having a mousepad so I already knew I was likely going to give this away. Though I wouldn't mind having a spare pad when soldering or lubing.
Given my situation, I felt like this round of mystery boxes was "worth" the risk. In my box, I got GMK Pixel, 110x Halo Clears, Iron Man Deskpad, and gray Skylight keycaps.
I'm pleased to have hit a GMK set I like. This covers most of the value of the box considering Pixel can often be found for under $100 (on sale or secondhand). The other items I don't really care for, but will make nice stocking stuffers for my gaming friends who aren't necessarily keyboard enthusiasts. Overall not too bad!
I really like this macro pad and it has been pretty hassle free until a couple days ago, recently it has had a problem that one key will be persistently on and red regardless of if the pc is on or off, fact is that one key is just stuck on, when changing the colors the red key will distort whatever color I chose and it will not show up as it should, I have reached out to drop and am waiting to hear back to see if they can point me in the right direction of a fix or replacement possibly since I don't know if it could be a hardware problem, it has been about 2 months since this pad has arrived so I'd say it's too soon to be having issues like this, at this point I have tried almost everything in the VIA software to fix this and am out of ideas as to what to do next, the build quality seems pretty solid and it does what I bought it for so I hope there can be some sorta fix.
I needed something that would pair with my SMSL M400 or possibly the Hifiman EF400. So when the SH-8s was dropped to $130, I thought this could do the trick. I had already done some homework and looked at all the reviews I could find, so it wasn’t just a spur of the moment decision
Just like one reviewer online had mentioned, the SMSL SH-8s has a fairly wide soundstage. Not only that, but it has huge height as well. I’m not so sure about the depth. The amp didn’t pair that well with the M400. I mean it did have that huge soundstage and height. It was clean sounding, but it runs a little bright and thin. Not horribly so, but enough that I would notice it
However, it did pair very well with the EF400. The R-2R DAC worked nicely with the brighter amp and even had a wider soundstage than the M400. The height of the soundstage was immense with the EF400/SH-8s. Just towering. Fairly nice sense of space too
The keyboard itself is pretty neat. Looks good and feels good but the sound is somewhat of an issue. Stabilizers NEED to be lubed but the biggest issue is the switches. The HPX are somehow glued (were extremely annoying to remove) onto the board and when I removed them, some of them bent. They feel okay but I didn't like the sound especially with this board. I tried the original Holy Pandas as well as the Neopolitan Ice Cream switches but the sound was still not pleasant. With lubed linears (I used duck switches from RAMA, NK Creams sound good aswell) the keyboard actually sounds really good. Keycaps are nice and work well with the board.
Overall, I would recommend the barebones as tactile switches didn't work on this keyboard (for me atleast). I'm sure they will add plates in the future and maybe with different plates these issues will be resolved. I also feel that its a bit overpriced so hopefully they add more bundles like the free mt3+case+novelty keycap offer otherwise I don't think its worth the $400.
I love the heft of this keyboard and I love the way the low profile allows me to see the RGB better. I do wish they would allow you to choose your stabilizers since the ones that come with it are apparently notorious for rattling. Beyond replacing the stock stabilizers, this keyboard also produces a lot residual noise. I wasn't sure if this was from the switches or from the hollow spaces around the PCB. So, I lubricated the switches and installed some padding from StupidFish. Once that was done, the keyboard sounds beautiful. The only other complaint that I have is regarding the control of the RGB using their online firmware generator. I would be nice to have more options, or maybe an actual interface to control the RGB. I feel that if they built compatibility with openRGB into the firmware, this would be the best keyboard ever.
The ERX are great IEMs if you're looking for something with a detailed, mostly neutral tuning, and amazing isolation. I will mention though, I like how deep in my ears Etymotic products sit as that's something that allows them to block so much noise. If you're reading this and don't like deep seated IEMs, you should probably look for something else.
With that said, these are really comfortable Etymotics. They included plenty of tips, and the use of the sturdy EVO shell design is welcome as they conform to my ears unlike the barrel shaped shell used in the normal ER series. The new shell also allows for the cable to loop over my ears instead of sticking straight out, which was a huge reason why I bought these despite having another pair of Etymotic IEMs. In terms of structure and fit actually, the ERX fixes all the issues I had with my ER2se (including the noisy cable those had).
Now, for sound: I love how these are tuned. I generally like neutral/bright sound signatures, hence why I opted for ER2se before this, and these are just a touch warm of neutral. They're well balanced. The midrange is detailed, and the slight bump in bass adds just a little bit of extra life to songs without being distracting or overly coloring the sound. The treble doesn't disappoint either; cymbals still shine like they should.
The main reason I got Etymotic IEMs is for isolation and for their neutral tuning, and these are the most isolating IEMs I have ever used. I originally got my ER2se for use while playing drums, and while those did a great job, the ERX is even better. The isolation they provide allows me to hear my bandmates and myself in the mix, without having to turn up the headphone volume, even if I'm playing really loud. I love these for that.
Even outside that specific use case though, the ERX is fast becoming my favorite IEM, even just for casual listening. They're comfortable, well isolating, and sound great. I don't think I can ask for more.
I just got my Box today. First impression was that they shipped a lot of air in the box, which was quite big.
The goods inside still looked good and took no damage in shipping.
Then to the haul:
DROP + MITO MT3 CYBER CUSTOM Base Kit
DROP SKYLIGHT SERIES KEYCAP SET Slate
DROP + INVYR HOLY PANDA MECHANICAL SWITCHES (70)
DROP + MARVEL INFINITY WAR DESK MAT
Sadly Im not a big fan of Thanos and would have preferred another Mat (but since it is a Mystery box, you get what you get). The quality feels good tho and if the other mats are like the one i got, I might pick up another one.
As for the key caps, since im from Switzerland Id have to order the ISO expansion (if they are even available) to use any of the key cap sets. Possible for the Cyber custom, which i really like design wise, but this adds another 35$.
I really like the Holy Pandas, But, i have a Keychron q3 (ISO), which needs 87 switches. so they need to wait to get used or will be backups if any other keys fail. maybe ill get another set of 70 or if more ISO Barebones become available I can build one for work.
I got stuff worth 193$ as of now (285$ MSRP). This box was much better than the last one, and if there are now boxes, id probably order one again.
I don't think I'll do one of these mystery boxes again, or order from Drop at all after what I just went through. I knew going in that the Marvel stuff was going to be in here, but I also knew that I could always trade/sell those off. Well, not really. One of my boxes had the Black Panther base kit in it. "Okay, I'll sell/trade this one on", I thought. Nope. Thankfully I had the foresight to check it closely and noticed that the seal on the box had been slit. Took it out to inspect it, and sure enough, contrary to the promise that this stuff wasn't B-stock/old unsold stock/etc, I got a base kit that someone at the warehouse had stolen the alphas and space bars out of and inserted an second set of numpad/right column caps in place of the alphas. This is worse than worthless, nobody is going to want to trade or buy this, and on top of that, customer support basically skimmed my ticket and just said "sorry, no refunds or replacements. But we're super serious about this so here's a $15 credit towards a future order". Are you kidding me? Haven't heard anything back from the rep because this is obviously not okay, but after this, I am absolutely done with Drop. Either replace the base kit with one that's complete, or just partially refund me since this was the only "premium" kit in that particular box.
Got a pair of 99s to compliment my HD650s, He400i, and DT770s. Needed something more casual and sparkly with more V sound profile for daily driving when in the office. While my other headsets are better, these are much easier to wear and give you less ear fatigue. They also look pretty sleek.
32ohm impedance is great for everyone and all devices from smart fridges to industrial powered outputs.
The earcups are nice and soft on your face as well as little clamping force. They "float" on you head. Meze makes a quality product plus it comes with a quality hard case. It doesn't come with the accessories the 300$+ meze store version comes with, but that can be purchased without issue.
The only thing i don't find particularly great is labeling the top cushion with "R" to indicate the directionality of the headphones. The 99 noir do not have directionally facing drivers. They're both facing the same direction and can be swapped around and each used as left or right (it just depends what cable you plug into each cup).
I had a little extra money and thought it would be fun to get a box. I ended up buying a second one as well because I like the torture. The first came the Wednesday before thanksgiving so the Black Friday Sales weren't in place yet. The value changes drastically two days after receiving the box due to the sales though.
MT3 Noctua - I'll build a board around this color scheme as it would go nice with my live edge desk.
Skylight Slate - Trying now, not the biggest fan, but there's nothing really wrong with them.
Captain America Deskmat - I'm gifting this to a friend of mine. Superheroes aren't my thing.
Drop Holy Panda X - I put them in a GMMK build right away but will probably lube them here soon.
Overall it can be a fun unboxing experience which plays a role in the whole purchase. If you like opening a package where you know what is inside, you just buy what you want. If you want the experience of being surprised, and possibly disappointed, then this is for you. The value is above the purchase price, $100, but it comes in right at $200 based on the current sales. I purchased the second box as the time of the sales, so the expectation will be that the value does exceed the $200 mark as advertised. If not, it is definitely misleading.
Looks like I got the emo worker's box, black panther mat, two tone grey skylight, and black on white DCX. Oh, and the kicker was some sorry blue switches...Ouch man. Hopefully I got the worst and everyone gets something better. Would it have killed them to put some color in there???
This was my first set of MT3 keycaps, and I have to say that I really liked the profile. The caps themselves were reasonably well-made, but definitely not "collector" grade. Lots of rough edges and imperfections on the bottom of the caps, where you can tell they were snapped off of molds and weren't finished.
The overall look was nice, though a bit tricky when it came to placing caps like pgup/pgdn on my Alice-style keyboard, because their placement doesn't line up with a traditional keyboard. So you run into things like the home key being sculpted like an R1 key, even though you might want it on R4. You get a fair amount of extras to play around with, but it still wasn't quite perfect.
Where the real disappointment came though, was the spacebar pack. I needed the Alice-style spacebars to complete the look, and the quality on that pack is completely different than the keycaps. The most obvious was that they lit up because they're not double-shot. And not lit up in a cool way, but they just look cheap. That also lent to a different tactile sensation relative to everything else on my keyboard. So for what the two sets cost, I didn't think the total cost was justifiable.
I got a MASSIVE Iron Man mouse pad. I can almost use this thing as a blanket haha. Some grey(or black) on white keycaps - wish I could figure out which ones. The Black Panther Keycaps, and some unknown blue +'d switches (MDX-34641-21). Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with it. I'm not the biggest fan of the Black Panther keys, TBH I was hoping for anything gradient-colored, but I think it was a decent deal. I might be able to trade the keys or maybe sell online if anything.
I agree with another reviewer in saying it seemed like a way to get rid of underselling products. Give the person who came up with that idea a raise. It worked. I went into this with an open mind and I am not very disappointed. Other reviewers complaining that they didn't get what they want, well no shit. It's a mystery box. It was basically a physical lootbox. Go buy what you want, don't expect to get what you want from a random kit.
Drop + Marvel Black Panther Keycap Set MSRP: $130 | Current Price: $99
Drop Skylight Series Keycap Set in white. MSRP: $45 | Current Price: $45
Drop + Marvel Iron Man Desk Mat MSRP: $19 | Current Price: $19
MDX-34641-21 (Cherry RGB Blue?) Switches MSRP: $?? | Current Price: $??
Totals: $194 | $163
After trying the switches and comparing them to my switch test board, I am about 95% sure they're Cherry RGB Blue's which on amazon are about $1.68/per. I added the switches and keys to my numpad I just received and love it!
I felt a bit burnt with the Series 2 box, but the Series 3 made up greatly for it. Diversifying the products up and including desk mats & switches certainly helps there.
I ordered one box which came out to $75.46 after tax/shipping thanks to my monthly Keyboard Club discount.
For that, I got:
DCX White on Black (Valued at $79 with current sales, normally $99)
Skylight Slate ($45)
70x Drop + Invyr Holy Panda Switches (Valued at $59 with current sales, normally $85)
Drop + Mito Godspeed Desk Mat (Monochrome) ($29)
So, without sales the value of this would be $258, but with the sales that goes down to $212.
Overall, I'm much happier with this box than the previous Series 2 one I got. But I got lucky. Don't buy this if you have a specific idea of what you want. I have an opportunity right now at Black Friday to again purchase this mystery box, but am instead going to buy the specific set I want (DCX Dolch) and some more Panda switches being I did not get enough to fill my keyboard.
Only buy it if you want to try new things and are willing to accept the possibility that you don't get what you want.
I think because of the name and the price people looked over this keyboard. But for an Alice layout with a knob and southfacing LED's. This is a banger keyboard. It receives a 4 star only because taking it apart is an extreme hassle, it is a plastic board and they clipped the top and bottom together. For people that like to mod, if you don't have the right tools you can and will scuff up the board trying to take it apart. For the price it comes solidly built and the stock lubbing on the stabilizers were fantastic. Modding isn't necessary, unless you're trying to add PE-foam or something. Smooth and no rattling. It also sound great for a 70$ plastic board. I have some Akko V3 Cream Blues, they have a wonderfully muted clacky sound signature. I think its a great budget Alice board for any one looking for a different layout.
A desperate sense of FOMO gripped me when these were first announced, so I bought in on the first shipments. I wish I hadn't. I have been using these several months now on my daily driver keyboard (Keychron Q3). Here are my observations. For starters, there is a spring ping on many of the switches that I cannot seem to resolve. The Keychron's steel plate may be emphasizing it. Donut lubing the springs may resolve it, but frankly I can't be bothered. Also while they are not terrible, they are not as satisfying to type with as other tactiles I have encountered since. I think it boils down to the fact that these do not have long pole stems, so they feel a tad mushy to type on. On the flip side, they are plenty responsive for gaming. And I do like the look of them. The smoked housing lets through just enough RGB so as to not be overwhelmingly gamer. At full price these switches are not worth it, in my opinion, as many better options exist.
This board is outstanding!! The build quality, sound, and weight are amazing!!
I picked this up as a work from home board for those times when I wasn't supposed to be working - you know, when you need to send out some emails on the fly. It has been really enjoyable to type on and the build experience was super nice. Everything went together well and the board has performed flawlessly. The rotary knob is a little slick but functions well. I've not had any issues with battery life or anything like that either.
The board is extremely quiet with the Halo Trues and SA Keycaps on it. It makes a very satisfying and deep clunk (not a thwak or a click, just kind of dull thud). The spacebar has a Holy Panda X on it - I need to take that off - it's incredibly loud and I smash that thing way too hard for it to be such a soft switch.
I would definitely recommend picking one up if you're looking for a high quality (for plastic) nicely weighted wireless board.
Just put this board together this morning. You can see in the photos section the arrangement of switches I used (I know it's a little weird but there are things that need to go click and things and things that need to feel like typing...try it out if you're just using the same switches everywhere, you might like it!!). Overall, the assembly was really simple (probably about 30 minutes with switch testing) and as one of the other reviewers noted, the flex while pushing in the switches was really alarming but it seems like all is well (don't really notice it typing here though).
The board is insanely light when compared to something like the Dukharo 96 or the Keydous NJ80 which was surprising since it is a wireless board (I figured the batteries would make it a bit heavier) so it might be good if you're looking for a (almost) full size board to use in your lap. When compared to a TKL board, it's about 2" longer, and compared to that NJ80, it's probably about 3" longer.
The Holy Panda X's feel fantastic in this board...they really have a nice tactile feel. I'm not sure if this is because of the OEM PBT keycaps that I got with the board or what. I've tried them in the Dukharo with Skyloong silicone keycaps and they don't feel the same. These feel much snappier and crisp.
One thing that is also really nice about this board is that scroll wheel in the upper right. I've found that now that world has gone to MS Teams/Zoom/whatever, it's really nice to be able to change the volume on the fly. The wheel has a nice click and the press works to mute/unmute. Only thing that's a little strange is that because of the low profile wheel on it, if you're attacking it from the front (typing position), it actually sits a little below the minus (-) key on the numpad. Not really an issue, but just something to be aware of.
This would be a great board for anyone that needs a full number pad. I personally bought it to be a work from home beater board and I think it will be fantastic for that. The price point is also a great place for someone to get started in the hobby without breaking the bank too much (depending on switches, probably puts you in the $150 to $200 range with the $20 supplied caps) and it has full functionality as a wired or wireless board.
The color is beautiful! I ordered the Coyote one. It took a little TLC to get the hollow sound to go away even with the MKUltra foam kit I ordered for it. I put in some extra sound dampening foam I had left over from what I bought for my speakers. I used the leftover trim from my stabilizer pads around the outer edge of the back plate and top plate to reduce as much vibration transfer as possible. It's really skinny so fit really well. I installed stabilizer and switch pads. Ended up using the MT3 WOB set with it, and I think it looks pretty sharp. Used it all week for work and only learning curve I really had to focus on ended up being the delete key not being in the top right corner. I ended up just reprogramming it because I primarily I use 65% keyboards for work. It was easier to get used to than my Alice one I recently purchased. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and now I have another fun Keyboard to rotate in an out for a chance of pace.