Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard
Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard
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Product Description
The Drop ALT mechanical keyboard is just like the CTRL, but with 67 keys instead of 87. Absent of function keys, it wastes no space—but it still has a full set of arrows and numerals Read More

Nov 28, 2020
No silent switches? I don't see a blank option?
Nov 27, 2020
Will the matrixkeyboards coiled cables (peacock coiled cable) work with this keyboard? I have been using the cord that came with the keyboard so far but have been wanting to upgrade so I can have a bit longer cable so I can situate my pc differently. Im just worried since I've read alot of cables have not been working with the keyboard.
Nov 6, 2020
Can someone from the support team take a look at this GitHub pull request? https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader/pull/16 This change adds on board memory support to Drop's keyboards, which is a free upgrade. I am concerned that no one from the Drop team has reviewed this change.
Nov 4, 2020
Sudden 20% offer to clear some stock in prevision of an updated ALT afterward? :)
Nov 7, 2020
Thank you. Just to make sure. When a new version of the PCBA will be available later down the road, will it be possible to buy it stand alone and install it in this ALT?
Oct 29, 2020
do I need to flash the board with a custom led preset to make it stay the same color when I unplug the keyboard and plug it back in?
The issue is the onboard memory. The current software does not allow for LED setting memory
Oct 24, 2020
Is anyone having issues where the LED's turn off about 5 minutes after keyboard's LED's turn on?
Oct 21, 2020
Just recently got the Drop Alt and went through hell to figure out how to make this keyboard wake up the computer from sleep. Unfortunate to see that the process is so complex for a $200 keyboard with no software to make life easier, but otherwise seems like a good keyboard. In case anyone is having issues with sleep/wake mode, here is what all I did to solve the sleep/wake issue on Windows 10. Hopefully it helps someone in need as it takes info from multiple sources and makes it easier to understand what to do. I am using a custom PC with win 10 (64 bit) and the stock Drop Alt keyboard + cable.
  1. Check PC device manager to ensure that power isn't getting disconnected - go to Device Manager--> Keyboards --> right click Properties --> Power management --> enable "allow this device to wake the computer. Uncheck "allow this computer to turn off this device to save power". You may need to do this step for Keyboard, Mice as well as USB (universal serial bus) controllers and HID (human interface devices) to ensure what is required is enabled.
  2. If the above step solves your issue, great. Otherwise move to the next step. Ideally you want to check if the issue is with the cable or keyboard. If possible connect another keyboard to check the cable, and if that's not an option, use a different cable to see if the issue is resolved. In all likelihood it is the keyboard.
  3. Since the above 2 steps didn't solve my issue, re-installing the firmware was the only option left. From this point, things get a bit more complicated, so proceed at your own risk.
  4. Go to DROP Keyboard configurator - https://drop.com/mechanical-keyboards/configurator and either setup your key mapping/LED's as required or just download the default (what I did). Click on compile and download to get a .bin file.
  5. Taken from Drop website - To load the firmware onto your ALT keyboard, download the appropriate loader application for your computer's OS here: https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader/releases. Then follow the instructions here: https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader. You will need to download appropriate mdloader and applet-mdflash files and keep them in the same location. For me, it was the windows version.
  6. Now Run command (win+r) and paste the full path of where you downloaded mdloader.
  7. You will need to copy and insert the name of downloaded config file into the below command: mdloader_windows.exe --first --download FILE_NAME --restart, where FILE_NAME is the name of the file you downloaded from the configurator. Your final run command will look like this, with the downloaded configurator file shown in bold - C:\User\Downloads\Drop\mdloader_windows.exe --first --download massdrop_alt_preset_alt_default.bin --restart
  8. If everything is correct, run and you should see a command prompt box saying "scanning device for 60 seconds". While this is going on, within the 60 seconds you will need to reset the keyboard. This can be done by either pressing Fn + b for a couple of seconds or using a pin to press the reset button at the base of the keyboard (also if FN + b doesnt work). Your LED's should turn off once the board is reset. Now its just waiting for the firmware to be installed.
  9. Once the firmware is installed, the LED's should come back again and the keyboard should be operational. This finally solved my issue with getting my keyboard to wake the PC.

Oct 16, 2020
If any of you are having issues with the 'E' key double-typing, a quick workaround is to use the included switch puller to swap it with something else. I just swapped mine with the "Escape" key and it seems to have fixed the issue for me. If you start having issues with other keys, you can swap them with the modifiers, as "press-and-hold" doesn't seem to have any issue. Eventually I may just get some fresh switches, if they haven't managed to get the debounce tuned right in the firmware by the time I run out of donor switches.
Oct 16, 2020
this is as assembled keyboard or a kit?
assembled keyboard
Oct 15, 2020
You should make the low and high profile cases available for purchase in black and grey and not just in green and lilac.
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Nov 29, 2020