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Great board with sturdy construction and solid features
Overall the board is fairly straight forward in design and execution. You get a TKL layout in a low profile chassis with a hotswappable pcb and QMK compatibility. That checks most of the standard boxes. It never feels cheap, which is good considering this is just beyond what I would consider to be the intro price range.
my only gripe is more conceptual and doesn’t really apply to this board, but more to the larger scope of the CTRL series. You have zero capacity for customization within the Drop line without buying entirely additional boards. Specifically I’m talking about the top plates. Having both, I can say that having the ability to grab different colors or profiles on what is already such a solid base...that would be such a great alternative to needing to build out other boards.
So in the end: for a stand-alone board, I really enjoy it and feel as though I’ve gotten my money out of it. But as a hobbyist, there’s that nagging desire to try different cases or plates, to try and personalize beyond the keycaps. This likely isn’t the platform I would recommend for that.
Would recommend to a friend.
one further issue that people should be aware of: Drop offers absolutely no support in terms of replacement parts. In my case I was unhappy with a stabilizer and when inspecting it, it was cracked. While this was likely my fault, it would have been really nice to not have to worry about tolerances from other companies' stabs. I was simply told that everything is GB driven and so there was never any excess. This is totally fair, just keep it in mind...once you get this keyboard, you're on your own.