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Drop CTRL High-Profile Aluminum Case
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Drop CTRL High-Profile Aluminum Case

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Improvement over the original
Pairs well with DCX Latte Aside from the obvious style and weight difference compared to the original low-pro Massdrop CTRL, this version has much better cut-outs for the switches. They engage well with clips and have a nice fit, while not being overly tight with some switches like the old one was. This makes it much more usable as a hot-swap keyboard. I love the "bronze" color. This high-pro version is a monster, but with nearly all edges pleasantly rounded, so it's easy to handle. It's planted where you place it - I like the set angle over the low-pro's magnetic feet here. This case is not cheap - in fact, the high price is my only actual complaint about the case itself. Given the quality here, though, I'm not too upset about it. My example had a very tiny manufacturing flaw on one of the bevels near the arrow keys - barely noticeable - aside from that, I haven't seen anything that isn't spot-on about the case. This is in contrast to my V1 CTRL case which had some more visible rogue machining marks on the top surface. Hey, sweet - new PCBs! Only two things left on my CTRL wish list:

  • An optional replacement for the diffuser that is solid instead of translucent; plastic would be ok, anodized aluminum might be cool, too - imagine a rose-gold accent on the black one, or a dark copper on this bronze one. Eh? C'mon Drop - people want it.

  • A PCB with 5-pin support. There are so many switches I'd love to try in this ultra-sold case - but I'm not gonna cut their legs off. I would full Ship-of-Theseus this CTRL if you guys sold a 5-pin PCB - even if you sacrificed back-lighting or something to do it.

  • Bonus pie-in-the-sky ask: true full QMK & VIA support.

If you could buy or retrofit a CTRL (or ALT or SHIFT) with a metal middle-piece, 5-pin sockets, and more open flashing options... well, I think all kinds of people would get a lot more excited about the line - whether the board is new from your website or sitting in their closet. Enthusiasts and general keyboard enjoyers alike would appreciate these things, I believe - and would make the CTRL the extra-versatile keeb it positioned itself as when it first launched.
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KnownKilo
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Nov 9, 2020
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Stunning and heavy
This upgrade felt like it added 10 lbs to my CTRL. First impressions are great. It's really an impressive piece of machinery. One thing to note is the color of the case is much more muted than Drop's images show. I got the artic blue version, and unless it outside in the sun, or on a highly illuminated desk the blue is just barely noticeable
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LIBY555
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Jan 11, 2021
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Great case, disappointing service.
I know the case well since I already own a high profile CTRL keyboard and I love it. Unfortunately, the mounting screws were missing so I basically couldn't close the two pieces. I have ton of screws from different projects and none of them fit. I contacted Drop hoping to get a proper solution, like sending the missing screws, and the response I got is "sorry, we can't sell you separate screws since they come only with the case. What I ended up doing is taking four screws from my other crtl keyboard and use them to close the case.
Aphoid
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Dec 16, 2022
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A pretty tank.
I wanted to build a second CTRL for my spouse's office. I bought a case, PCB, and diffuser from here, bought switches and stabilizers from a boutique, and utilized a set of Skylight caps from one of my mystery boxes. The case includes the bolts for assembly, and it was quite straightforward. getting everything oriented correctly was easy, but, like a USB-A plug, I had to flip things a couple times if I wasn't paying attention. The assembled keyboard is a heavy beast! It feels super solid and like a precision, high-end product. The only annoyance I found was that the board takes 3-pin switches so I had to get flush cutters to nip off 174 little plastic pins. I do wish that the low profile and high profile cases were available in the same colors, and that you could order a barebones one with the colors available here. I also appreciate that the PCB has QMK support, and above all VIA support with the right firmware. First thing I did after assembly and testing was to flash the VIA firmware on.
Recommends this product? Yes
Scott-M
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Apr 28, 2021
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It's a Thicc Boi
I have an original low profile massdrop ctrl, and honestly I was not liking it anymore. I didn't like the low profile, the silver color seemed dated; just all-around not satisfied. When I saw these colored cases were being sold my interest was peaked, but I wasn't a fan of the green, blue or purple. But when that bronze color dropped.... Oh man I was sold. I already loved the look of the Space Race alt keyboard, so to have that in a TKL? Yes please! I bought the Susuwatari keycaps and new stabilizers (because... you know...) and this thing is Awesome. It's heavy too; with case foam (from StupidFish) it comes in at 4 pounds. One downside that I must address, even with case foam, there is still a bad case ping. I haven't done too much research on it, but maybe it has to do with the integrated top plate (making it very rigid) Minus 1 star for case ping. Otherwise I love the color, and the upgrade from low to high profile.
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Scott-MAhoy - fellow CTRL user here; if you're using Halo switches, the ping is coming from the springs. They love to sing the song of their people. They can be quieted down a bit by coating them (that is, the springs) in oil - or by replacing the springs and *then* coating *those* with oil. I actually like Halo springs, but I only use them in linears now because they're so ping-y.
Scott-M
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May 5, 2021
DeadeyeDaveI am using Kailh Speed Silver switches, though it is probably still the springs. Thanks for the tip! That will be a project for a rainy day.
Amelise
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Mar 16, 2023
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Awesome for a neonate
I bought this along with a bunch of other things to build my first keyboard. I love how heavy it is and that I don't push it around on my desk when typing with it. I got the purple and love the color. It will go with so many different keycaps.
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Cloud_9
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Mar 26, 2021
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Love it!
This was my first quality mechanical keyboard part purchase and I absolutely love it. I love the color of it and it have some weight to my build which was really nice !
Recommends this product? Yes
SenoritAlexcita
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Nov 15, 2020
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Love it!
Love the blue! I originally got the space gray in the CTRL but wanted to switch once I found out it came in blue. Looks super cool with my Artifact Bloom Ocean Wave keycaps!
Recommends this product? Yes
byenguk0116
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Nov 14, 2020
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Love it!
I am happy with this blue case ctrl keyboard
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Great color
Love the color and the solid feel
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