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Drop ALT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
$140

Drop ALT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

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Activities:Work & Gaming
Paired Switch:Tactile
Keyboards Owned:0
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great compact keyboard
This is my first mechanical keyboard. I went with this one bc it was a new refresh of the ALT and I was in the market to get one, and I knew of Drop from the days of Massdrop. I have really enjoyed using it so far. It's compact, which I prefer. Assembling switches and stabilizers was simple and easy. I like the movable magnetic feet on the bottom, though I have not changed their position and do not plan to. The USB-C ports on the back left and right are nice, easy to plug the keyboard in/out. I get the impression, after a little more time reading how others feel and talking with friends, that there are other great alternatives to the ALT V2 and Drop. I do not have much to compare mine to, but the process of building up from the barebones state was quite satisfying and enjoyable, albeit simple. Now I have this fantastic keyboard to type on. The initial investment is a little steep but I have no real doubts this will hold me down for a long while. We shall see, I've only had it about 1 month thus far. I marked the "Feel" of the kb as stiff, if I understood this correctly (not sure I did) it is referring to the build of the device. There is no flex to it – it's got a solid feel and the metal casing is convincing enough for me. After getting a switch sampler pack, I went with the Drop Holy Panda x Clear switches. As of right now, however, the online customizer that Drop provides, as well as the Keyboard Configurator software they provide, do not exactly work. I spent a while customizing using the online customizer, only for the exported file type to not be flash-ready, because the Keyboard Configurator expects a different file type for flashing. The software provides limited customization abilities, and it's not as good as Drop's online tool. This could be a shortcoming that is a result of user-error rather than some goofy inconsistency – if it is me or if/when it is addressed, I'll update my review. Outside of this small gripe I would say I am 5 stars satisfied! Here are a few random photos (rear-view of keyboard, can see usb-c ports & bottom-view of kb, can see removable magnetic feet), I will add some to the photos section too!
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cofoHey there, glad you liked building your ALT. Regarding flashing / customization, we did make a post here talking more about it. It sounds like you were trying to use the online configurator to customize your ALT, that doesn't work. The online configurator is for V1 keyboards only while V2 keyboards use the configurator application.
Activities:Work
Paired Switch:Tactile
Keyboards Owned:5
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Great Out Of The Box
I had switches and keycaps but kept going through case after case without landing on just the right sound for the office. I pulled the trigger when this dropped with the added foam and I am not disappointed. Sound is really great and quiet with my MX Browns (hand lubed). Now, just have to get one for home.
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