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Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard

Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard

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Drop + MiTo GMK Laser Custom Keycap Set
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A High Profile Staple—Now in Purple

The Drop CTRL High-Profile is just like the original CTRL, with one looming difference: it features a tall aluminum case that covers the switches. Now, in this special barebones kit, that case comes in a rich dark purple color. Machined at a 6-degree angle, it’s ergonomically crafted for a natural feel—and it’s quite a bit heavier than before. Thanks to the Kailh Kaihua switch sockets, the keyboard allows you to swap switches whenever you want, with no soldering required. It’s also fully programmable via QMK, meaning you can assign macros or custom keybinds to every key. With dual  USB-C connectors, the CTRL High-Profile is outfitted with the latest  connections. What’s more, it has customizable RGB backlighting and underlighting, so you can set it to a single color or light it up with a rainbow wave.

Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard

Optimized Per-Key Lighting With Millions of Colors

The CTRL High-Profile is optimized to deliver the most light possible  through the keycaps. You’ll also have your choice from millions of different colors for every single key. So if you want the lighting to cycle through the entire spectrum, you’ve got it. If you prefer a two-toned look to match your setup, consider it done. There’s also a built-in LED diffuser with light-blocking material to minimize hotspots found in many other keyboards. Worried about flickering? Don’t be. The backlighting displays at a super-high frame rate (100 hertz), so there's no annoying stutters—just a smooth light show with your choice of colors.

Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard

Fully Programmable Via QMK

Customizing your keyboard is a lot of fun. That’s why the CTRL High-Profile features a fully programmable layout, designed for  modification. Using the Drop QMK firmware configurator,  you have total control over every key. Plus, the configurator allows  you to program macros and customized keymapping, so you can easily fine-tune your keyboard for gaming, work, or play. It’s also outfitted with two USB type-C connectors (one on each side), allowing you to use the spare connector to transfer data and charge devices at USB 2.0 speeds.

Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard

A Bulkier Frame & Hot-Swappable Switch Sockets

The CTRL High-Profile is made from a large block of anodized aluminum—now available in a new Dark Purple colorway—which is known for its toughness and ability to hold a  quality surface finish. About twice as heavy as the original CTRL, this bulked-up board won’t budge when you're locked into an intense FPS match or hammering out an essay. Thanks to the built-in switch plate and  hot-swappable PCB, the keyboard gives you the freedom to change out  switches whenever you like. In fact, the gaps on the sides of the case are specifically designed for the included switch-removal tool. Best of all? You don’t need to solder each switch. Just pop them in and they’re ready to go.

Drop CTRL V1 High-Profile Dark Purple Barebones Keyboard


  • 87 keys
  • Anodized CNC-machined aluminum frame
  • 6º case angle
  • Custom PCB 
  • Hot-swap switch sockets  
  • QMK firmware
  • Plate-mounted Cherry-style stabilizers
  • High-profile design
  • Dual USB-C connectors
  • PCB compatible with plate-mount switches only
  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 5.5 x 1.75 in (36.8 x 14 x 4.4 cm)
  • Weight: 4.25 lbs (1.9 kg)
  • Keyboard Configurator


  • Two-piece aluminum case w/ diffuser
  • PCB
  • Plate-mount stabilizers
  • 56-inch USB cable
  • Keycap puller
  • Switch puller
  • 1-year Drop Warranty


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 Apr 24, 2024 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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Top Customer Questions4
Does this keyboard come with any case or PCB foam?
Dec 13, 2022
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No, you have to mod it in yourself. This keyboard is barebones. Just the full case and pcb (which does have LEDs) with a basic cable, stabilizers, and keycap pullers. No foam, no switches, no keycaps.Read More
Dec 25, 2022
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Does this match GMK Laser or Cyber MT3 keycaps?
Nov 29, 2022
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The Laser Wave keyboard uses this case + GMK Laser keycaps, you can see pictures of it here.Read More
Nov 30, 2022
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Do 5 pin switches work with this? I’m still very new to this.
Aug 24, 2023
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This uses the V1 board which is only 3-pin compatible.Read More
Nov 21, 2023
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