Drop CTRL Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
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To put it simply, the CTRL mechanical keyboard has it all. Constructed with a solid aluminum frame with a built-in switch plate, it’s stable and fortified Read More

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Its_Keyboard_Science
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Jan 16, 2020
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Are stock key caps included?
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Jan 16, 2020
pyrobunny
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Jan 10, 2020
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Wait no why did this go away... I was gonna buy one of these really soon. Damn.
Jan 10, 2020
erickong
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Mech Keys Moderator
Jan 12, 2020
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Out of stock. Hit request and wait for an update notification or email when it comes back
Jan 12, 2020
pyrobunny
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Jan 14, 2020
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I see, no problem! Thanks for the quick response!
Jan 14, 2020
Acme64
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Jan 6, 2020
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How do i program the "right click" ( on windows machines) button? i used "menu" in the configurator but it doesn't seem to work.
Jan 6, 2020
Acme64
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Jan 7, 2020
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so, what should the key code be? So i can find a workaround
Jan 7, 2020
Elbert
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Jan 7, 2020
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Jan 7, 2020
Dankk
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Dec 20, 2019
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A few questions from someone who is only somewhat familiar with mechanical keyboards:
  • This board is designed for Kailh switches, right?
  • How easy is it to hot-swap switches? can you literally just push them in and pull them back out using only your fingers?
  • How can I ensure that the RGB lighting on this board will be compatible with the switches I buy? For reference, I am considering buying the "Kailh BOX Pinks" from NovelKeys. Would the lighting show through those?
Thanks in advance. Edit: Might actually just get the BOX jades or the BOX navys, those look super satisfying. Edit 2: I fail at reading descriptions. Looks like a switch puller is included. Also, talked to someone on /r/mechanicalkeyboards who recently bought some BOX Jades for this board, and they work great. I'm gonna pull the trigger.
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Dec 20, 2019
Elbert
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Dec 20, 2019
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-It's compatible with all MX-style switches (MX, Gateron, Kailh, etc.). As long as the footprint and pin layout is the same, it'll work. -Installing switches is straightforward: push them in. But please make sure the pins on the switches are straight before installing them, and try to push them straight down when installing, as opposed to at an angle such that one side of the switch clips in well before the other side. If you install switches with bent pins and/or install them at an angle, you risk damaging the switch pins and/or the hot swap socket (especially if you brute force it when it doesn't seem to be cooperating). If it doesn't seem to be going in easily, double check the pins and orientation of the switch you are installing. Removing requires a tool (one is included, but a small flathead screwdriver works as well), as you have to release the latches that clip the switch to the plate. -The per-switch LEDs are mounted on the bottom side of the PCB and face upward through a hole cutout in the PCB. To ensure the maximum amount of light shines through the switch, use switches with transparent or translucent housings. Kailh switches with a light pipe will transmit more light than those without (see: https://www.keychatter.com/2017/05/11/review-input-club-x-massdrop-k-type/).
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Dec 20, 2019
Dankk
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Dec 20, 2019
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Thanks @Elbert ! I figure you have to be careful when installing the switches, since the small copper contacts on the back of each switch are flimsy and easy to bend. I will exercise caution.
Dec 20, 2019
Theroc
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Dec 18, 2019
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Any plans for other finishes?
Dec 18, 2019
macboarder
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Dec 18, 2019
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How about an ISO option?
Dec 18, 2019
ticket2mars
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Dec 15, 2019
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So just getting back into building PCs due to my boys getting into it and this whole custom keyboard thing is tickling my fancy. I like this board after looking around but not sure where to buy switches. Key caps seem easy to find. Any help on switches as well as cool key cap “stores”?
Dec 15, 2019
jxliu
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Dec 17, 2019
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Could also buy our non-barebones keyboard if you want switches and keycaps included: https://drop.com/buy/drop-ctrl-mechanical-keyboard (though I understand the appeal of customizing each part)
Dec 17, 2019
erickong
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Dec 18, 2019
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Novelkeys and KBDfans
Dec 18, 2019
aeberbach
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Dec 1, 2019
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Hilarious price. A GMMK barebones modular tenkeyless RGB keyboard sells for $59 regular price, right now is on sale for $51. That's a decent quality keyboard, requires the same switches as this. If you want to pay $90 to get USB-C then I guess this is a bargain!
Dec 1, 2019
tydlwav
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Dec 4, 2019
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They're relatively new. I got mine about a month ago. They're awesome so far. Stabs are wobbly and unlubed (like almost all pre-builts) but it sounds much better after lubing them. They come with kailh box switches and IMO those are the best budget switches you can get.
Dec 4, 2019
tydlwav
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Dec 4, 2019
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They should be on pre-order right now. Since they made their first batch (mine), they shouldn't have trouble shipping another batch out. Just be prepared to wait for the production for a few months. But that's what you signed up for when you're looking at pre-orders and group buys.
Dec 4, 2019
Lemont
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Dec 1, 2019
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Does this come in black?
Dec 1, 2019
erickong
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Mech Keys Moderator
Dec 1, 2019
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Nope
Dec 1, 2019
BestUndecided
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Dec 1, 2019
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I have a similar board, so not joining, but really appreciate that a hot-swappable board like this is being sold bare bones. Really dope sign for the future of the niche.
Dec 1, 2019
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