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Drop CTRL High-Profile Mechanical Keyboard
$250

Drop CTRL High-Profile Mechanical Keyboard

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$250
Case Color: Black
Switch Type: Halo Clear (65g Tactile)
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Len11
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Oct 24, 2021
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Overall great
First modular mech kb for me. The build is solid, overall package well thought out. The only gripe I had out of the box was the metal pinging from the chassis on every keypress (Halo Clears) and stabs a bit rattly. After lubing and bandaid mod, the pings went away completely and sound changed to the desirable thock. Don't think I'll need additional foam at this point. Other thoughts: the dual USB-C on either end is great for chaining a numpad to; software not very intuitive, but haven't found a reason to play around with it much.
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creeve4
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Oct 16, 2021
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Solid build, perfect combination of features
I have been searching for a pre-built keyboard for about 6 months, trying to find the perfect set of features and function based on my very particular tastes/needs. I was at first reluctant to purchase the Drop Ctrl because of the high price. After purchasing many (MANY) other keyboards and finding them lacking in one way or another I finally took the plunge... I am so glad that I did!
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Skeeb
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Oct 14, 2021
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Expected better
Bought this for a part of a bigger build, but I still would of expected a higher quality for the price and from Drop. First the weight is nice , the aluminum body is solid. However a good portion maybe close to 50% of the keycaps had burs on it. There were shavings and debris under the keycap on the PCB.
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CodGod69
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Oct 6, 2021
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Great first high-end keyboard experience
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emc2
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Sep 14, 2021
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I like the heft, didn't like the default keycaps, and didn't really like the default keyswitches I picked out or the default keyswitch selection when buying (I just picked the ones closest to a cherry brown, and there weren't any really). The RGB is fine I guess, but I just set it to a basic white color for visibility, but really I think I just wanted a high-profile aluminum case tenkeyless keyboard and this was really the only option. Tenkeyless because I want more mouse room and the numpad is the biggest offender in having more mouse room without spreading my shoulders apart and therefore sitting in a non-ergonomic position. Going smaller than tenkeyless just means you have to adapt to a more restricted typing layout + lots of dumb macros I don't want to learn because I use a default office keyboard + laptop keyboard at work where any macros I put effort into learning wouldn't matter for. I really don't like floating key layout keyboards that Corsair popularized, too much keywobble and room for dust/dirt/debris to get in underneath the keys. There used to be aluminum aftermarket cases for the Filco Majestouch tenkeyless keyboards but by the time I realized I wanted one, they weren't available anymore. I don't think the price I paid warrants what I got, since I guess I bought into this just really wanting a high-profile tenkeyless aluminum chassis, but this keyboard hobby is stupid-expensive.
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ilusions4
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Sep 6, 2021
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Key chatter on all 3 Drop boards I've come into contact with
I bought a massdrop ctrl high-profile for a friend's birthday almost a year ago, I bought myself a massdrop alt two years ago, and I bought a massdrop alt for my brother's birthday two years ago. Around the same time after purchase (about half a year after buying each one), random keys started to chatter on each board. By chatter, I mean that when pressing a key once, it activates twice. My keyboard is a Frankenstein of Kailh Speed Silvers and Tealios, my brother's keyboard has Massdrop V2 Pandas, and my friend's keyboard has Glorious Pandas. My keyboard started double clicking the "r" and "w" keys, my brother's keyboard started double clicking the "n" key, and my friend's keyboard started clicking a few of the number keys half a year after purchase. I updated the firmware on each board about a month after they started to chatter and each board appeared to work better afterward. Though, a month or two after updating the firmware on my board, I noticed that my "r" key started double clicking again; I don't know the status of my brother and friend's keyboards because they don't tell me about that sort of thing unless I really pry into them (as they feel it rude to complain about a gift or something, idk). Massdrop quality control is known to be a joke, so I'd stay away from this website as a whole. I just come here every couple years to replace my cheap IEMs for $40 USD. Glorious has allegedly stepped up their game with the GMMK PRO (as there were previously issues with the stabs on GMMK TKL boards), so I'd look around over there instead.
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kaelynn
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Sep 2, 2021
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perfect starter mechanical keyboard. very good build design and very good quuality
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LarryPizzaGuy
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Sep 2, 2021
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Good Mechanical Keyboard for $200
The Drop CTRL High Profile is a good mid-level keyboard for those who wants to enter the mechanical keyboard hobby without breaking the bank getting into the custom realm. The Halo Clear switches are suitable for heavy typist like myself, and (at stock form) the switch feels OKAY; these switches needed to be modded to feel and sound its best; the PBT keycaps have a powdered texture that is comfortable for touch type feel. The TKL compactness is great for both gaming (FPS and Arrow-key driving) and work; I prefer TKL more than the other smaller 75% or 65% due me prefer a proper arrow key layout for driving games. The RGB are fantastic and they gave my game a slight 10% FPS boost. I can list out 3 downside to these keyboards,
  1. The Halo Clear switches produces a heavy ping noise that is absolutely distracting; search on youtube "Drop CTRL High Profile Ping" to have a listen to it; however the ping noise and the overall switch feel can be improved by simply lubing and swapping the springs (doing so might cost you another approx. 40USD to mod the switches).
  2. The Halo Clear switches came with oxidized 67g springs, these springs feels old and worn-out, as if these springs have been left at warehouse for a long period of time (which could explain the heavy discount I'd got for this model). These old springs contributed to the heavy Ping noise and made the switch feel scratchy, however this can be remedied by swapping out the springs for brand new ones (10USD per 87keys).
  3. The Stabilizers that came with keyboard are trash; they cause the space bar, shift key, enter key, and backspace to rattle and loose. These stabilizers needed to be swapped out for better ones (Durock/JWK/Plate mounted stabilizers) approx. 20USD.
Conclusion, The Drop CTRL High Profile in stock form are good/acceptable, however this keyboard truly shines when you invested a little extra money in modding them (approx. 100USD, lube switch, spring swap, switch film, stabilizer, band-aid mod, stupid-fish foam mod), doing so will give you an end-game keyboard that sounds and feels fantastic and it out-rivals the mechanical keyboards in the custom realm.
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whaleshark
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Aug 25, 2021
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Solid build. Switches need to be lubed or the keys ring with a hollow vibration.
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truzze
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Aug 23, 2021
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Its the perfect keyboard for me. I love the design, size and weight.
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