Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Complete Setup:
60% Switch Plate
Switches (70 pack)
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Free Returns in USA

The Brightest Spot in Your Setup

Named after the Carina constellation, which signifies the hull of a ship in Latin, this keyboard is one vessel with a formidable foundation. Built with a frosty acrylic case and fully programmable RGB LEDs, the Carina is designed to brighten up any space. Sculpted in the 60% form factor, it’s space-efficient and portable. Unique to the Carina’s design is the combination of a tray-mount construction and hot-swap capability. In lieu of an integrated plate, the keyboard features a tray mount, allowing you to easily switch to a new plate material (three of which are available) for a different switch feel. Even with this added layer of customization, we’ve retained the keyboard’s hot-swap capability, so you can plug in new switches on the fly—no soldering required. Perhaps best of all, it takes just a Phillips-head screwdriver and a few easy steps to assemble.

Note: This keyboard kit includes a case, PCBA, stabilizers, USB cable, and all necessary hardware. The kit does not include a plate.  At checkout, you can add a set of switches, keycaps, and a plate.

Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Next-Level LED Lighting

When it comes to LED lighting, the Carina is second to none. Choose from millions of colors for every single key, set the keyboard to cycle through the entire spectrum, or opt for a single color to match your workspace—the possibilities are endless. What’s more, the LEDs are situated toward the center of the PCBA (as opposed to the edges), which makes them appear even smoother under typical lighting conditions. Don’t worry about flickering, either: the LEDs display at a high frequency of 100 hertz for clarity, night or day.

Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Fully Programmable Via QMK

Customizing your keyboard is essential, especially for smaller layouts. That’s why the Carina features a fully programmable PCBA, designed for modification. Using QMK firmware, you have total control over every key. Plus, the configurator allows you to customize keymapping so you can easily fine-tune your keyboard for gaming, work, or play. It’s also outfitted with the latest USB-C connection for reliable performance.

Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Pick a Plate, Any Plate

A keyboard’s plate is a slim piece of material (usually metal) that sits between the switches and the PCBA. Depending on the material you choose, the plate will interact with the switches differently. In an effort to offer even more customization, the Carina is available with your choice of three add-on plates. First is aluminum. The most common material found in custom keyboard kits, aluminum offers a good balance of stiffness and flexibility to complement most switches. Second is brass. With a higher stiffness rating than aluminum, it provides an even sturdier feel. Last is copper. Similar to brass in its chemical makeup, copper provides a rigid, satisfying feel. Many typists prefer to match stiff plates with tactile switches to accentuate their tactility, while others prefer to pair flexible plates with linear switches for a more dynamic feel. If you can’t decide, get all three and find what works best for you.

Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Drop Carina Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Switches for Every Feel

To give your Carina a tailored feel, we're giving you the option to choose from a wide range of switches. With several selections in the linear, tactile, and clicky categories, you'll be sure to find the perfect fit for your typing. Take your pick from name brands, including Cherry, Gateron, Kailh, and more—or take a spin on our fan-favorite Holy Panda switches.

Keycaps to Complete the Look

No Carina is complete without a set of high-quality keycaps. Below, you'll find an extensive array of sets to suit your style and profile preference. Keep it classic with a selection of colors from our Skylight Series, or let your RGB do the talking with the Pudding and Gradient Sidelit sets. 


Add-on Switches (70 pack)

Add-on Keycap Set


  • Form factor: 60%
  • Layout: fixed, ANSI (61-keys)
  • Case type: High-profile (frosted acrylic CNC case)
  •  Mount type: Tray 
  • Typing angle: 6 degrees
  • Custom PCBA
  • Hot-swap switch sockets
  • QMK firmware
  • Stabilizer mount: plate-mounted Cherry-style only
  • Switch mount: plate-mounted (3-pin) or PCBA-mounted (5-pin) MX-style 
  • Plate: 1.5mm thick aluminum, brass, or copper switch plate (must be added to purchase)
  • Dual USB-C connectors
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 4.1 x 1.5 in (29.2 x 10.4 x 3.8 cm)
  • Weight (no switches or keycaps): 16.4 oz (465 g)


  • Acrylic case
  • PCBA
  • Stabilizers
  • USB cable
  • Assembly hardware
  • Rubber feet strips


We get it. Sometimes what you ordered just doesn’t work out. If that’s the case for you, don’t fret! All customers (both US and international) may return this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.


Estimated ship date is Dec 13, 2021 PT.

Payment will be collected at checkout. Cancellations are accepted up to 2 hours after checkout for in-stock items, or up until pre-order ships.

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