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Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard

Drop CTRL V1 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
Review Highlights:
The last keyboard I'll ever need
My keyboard history: Keyboard #1: Ducky - LEDs died within a year. A piece of junk, but hooked me on mechanical keyboards. Keyboard #2: WASD Code - great keyboard, lasted for a couple of years, but (a) the ABS keys eventually wore through and (b) there are better switches than Cherry MX Browns, so . . . Keyboard #3: CTRL - fantastic keyboard. Outfitted with Hako Royal Clears for most of the keys, except for some keys (like Enter) which got a Kailh Box Navy (for a little click) and some keys (like the shift keys) which got Hako True Violets (my pinkies don't bang the keys as hard as the rest of my fingers). The CTRL is probably the last keyboard I'll ever need. Don't like the switches? Swap 'em out! Don't like the backlight colors? Reprogram 'em. Don't like they keycaps? Buy new ones. Now all I need is a 21-key numeric keypad to match it. (NUM Mechanical Keyboard, anyone?) UPDATE Feb 2, 2021: Still love this keyboard. No double-typing issues (yet). Still waiting for a matching keypad . . .
Would recommend to a friend.
Got mine yesterday and couldn’t be happier with it. The board is absolutely gorgeous. Everything works great and the led features and bright and vibrant. 10/10 would buy again but I hope they don’t make it again so I can lord it over all my friends hahaha. Can’t wait to get some of the key caps I’m waiting on from massdrop to customize it.
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Q&A Highlights:
Can I change the keycaps on this keyboard?
Not just the keycaps. You can also change the switches to your liking.
Is this keyboard loud?
It depends on what switches are installed. The switches are easy to change with the included switch removal tool.
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A Keyboard That Puts You in Control

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. And thanks to the hot-swap switch sockets, it allows you to change 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 is outfitted with the fastest available connections. Aesthetically, the keyboard is equally impressive. Featuring customizable RGB backlighting and underlighting, it puts on a colorful show; or you can set it to a single color for a more subtle look. The shine-through PBT keycaps only enhance the performance. What’s more, the keyboard comes with your choice of switches, so you can get just the feel you like—whether you prefer something heavy and tactile or lightweight and linear.

Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard

Optimized Per-Key Lighting With Millions of Colors

The switches on the CTRL feature light pipes that are optimized to deliver the most light possible through the keycaps. No matter what tone you want, you’ll have your choice from millions of colors for every single key. Feel free to program the lighting to cycle through the entire spectrum, or set it to a two-toned look to match your setup. There’s also a built-in translucent LED diffuser to minimize hotspots found in many other keyboards. Worried about flickering? Don’t be. The LEDs operate at a frequency of 100 Hz, so there won't be any visible flicker.

Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard

Fully Programmable Via QMK

Customizing your keyboard is a lot of fun. That’s why the CTRL features a fully programmable layout, designed for modification. Using QMK firmware, 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 transfer data and charge devices at USB 2.0 speeds.

Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard

Hefty Aluminum Frame & Hot-Swappable Switches

Known for its toughness and ability to hold a quality surface finish, anodized aluminum plays the starring role in the CTRL’s frame. Heavy enough to stay put when you're cranking out an email or locked into an intense FPS match, the frame also has a low profile to complement your desktop. Thanks to the built-in switch plate and hot-swappable PCB, the CTRL gives you the freedom to change out your switches whenever you like. Best of all? You don’t need to solder each switch. Just pop them in and they’re ready to go. Fitted with removable feet, the keyboard can be adjusted for height, too.

Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard
Drop CTRL V1 Mechanical Keyboard

Shine-Through Doubleshot PBT Keycaps

To make the CTRL really pop off your desktop, it comes with shine-through PBT keycaps. Long a staple in the keyboard community, PBT keycaps help resist the shine that occurs from oils and sweat on the fingers. In addition, PBT is super durable and long-lasting—and because the legends are shine-through, they won’t rub off over time.

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  • 87 keys
  • Anodized CNC machined aluminum frame
  • Custom PCB 
  • Hot-swap switch sockets 
  • QMK firmware
  • Plate-mounted Cherry-style stabilizers
  • Cherry MX, Kaihua, or Halo switches
  • Doubleshot PBT shine-through keycaps
  • Floating key design
  • Dual USB-C connectors
  • PCB compatible with plate-mount switches and stabilizers only
  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 5.5 x 1.4 in (36.8 x 14 x 3.6 cm)
  • Weight: 34 oz (964 g)
  • Keyboard Configurator


  • 56-inch USB cable
  • Keycap puller
  • Switch puller
  • Plate-mount stabilizers
  • Switches and keycaps
  • 1-year Drop Warranty


Drop is offering a purchasable extended warranty with accidental coverage for this product. Select the option at checkout, and your purchase will be protected from drops, spills, accidents, everything but theft, for 3 years. See the full details of our warranty program here.


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 Oct 2, 2023 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 Questions259
When can we get a European layout, with the bigger Enter key and smaller left shift? I'm waiting for this layout to order.
Apr 28, 2020
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I’m waiting for exactly the same. Let‘s hope they‘ll make one.Read More
May 27, 2020
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Can I change the keycaps on this keyboard?
Sep 11, 2019
Top Answer
Not just the keycaps. You can also change the switches to your liking.Read More
Oct 3, 2019
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What are you doing to address QMK dropping support for Massdrop removal?
Aug 30, 2021
Top Answer
Reference: removal discussion: changes required by massdrop: Build warning: This MCU support...Read More
Aug 30, 2021
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