Drop + Booper DCX Deep Space Keycap Set
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Drop + Booper DCX Deep Space Keycap Set

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HoffmanMyster
568
Community
Jul 14, 2022
Stickied
We are beyond excited to launch DCX Deep Space, designed by the one and only Booper! Deep Space first launched way back in 2014 on geekhack, in DSA profile, and has been ported to a few other profiles since its inception. And now it's available in our new DCX profile! This is our first designer set for DCX, as well as the first to feature custom novelty keys - two things that we hope to bring you more of in the near future. Speaking of deep space... has everyone been following all the photos released by the JWST? 😲
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azulyf
15
Aug 4, 2022
Good to see new set. But can anyone help me understand why this set costs $40 more? I have compared tens of times and cannot find any differences between kits from other set.
MiTo
13753
MiTo
Aug 4, 2022
Novelties.
azulyf
15
Aug 4, 2022
I am only talking about base kit. Looks like all novelties are from a separate kit.
spaghettiduders
2
Jul 28, 2022
Very cool set. Would love to see in mt3 profile as well.
nkostic
0
Jul 17, 2022
Can we start getting some sets that might actually match/complement keyboard or desk setups?
nkostic
0
Aug 3, 2022
There are glasses now to correct for some types of color-blindness, hopefully they work for you and you don't have to suffer anymore. Or rather, those around you don't have to suffer your "color matching"
filefish
1303
Aug 3, 2022
Wow, you're horrible!
LupoLoopy
0
Jul 16, 2022
Have you have plans on developing the UK ISO keycap molds? I keep looking at these great key sets and finding myself VERY frustrated :)
Is there any plan to tweak the keys like Dele t e and Shif t ?
HighTechToid
4
Jul 15, 2022
Alright, how does someone submit a design for DCX?
Hi! A couple options. Ultimately the point of contact will be community@drop.com, so reach out there regardless. Established designers can send their portfolios over and any new ideas as well, and new designers can share their ideas and thoughts as well as any ICs that might be ongoing to gather interest. These will then be passed along to our keycap team to reach out and discuss where to go from there. :)
Juuuuust sitting here looking at these DCX sets without orthos and not pushing the "buy" button.
iamdonut
19
Jul 15, 2022
Same. 😄
sdlargefather
10
Jul 14, 2022
can we please just get dcx 9009 :((
filefish
1303
Jul 14, 2022
I feel like doubleshot MT3 is sadly going to just be left to rot on the vine, now that DCX sets can have novelty molds, but non-licensed MT3 sets still can't after all these years.
Kevin
5417
Outreach
Jul 15, 2022
Our tool/molds are large pieces of steel that make many keycaps at once. Making a single keycap is infeasible, a typical mold holds between 20-70 keycaps depending on the complexity and cost. Adding a mold with a set of keycaps makes sense, but it means you need to make identical quantities of those keycaps, so if we make a 25-key mold with an extra B, some Forties, a few nordic keys, etc- then we have to make 250, 500, etc. of all of them, at the same time. So we can't make 150 extra B keys, 50 accent keys, etc. Our MOQ for any mold is 250 units, and the per-kit production cost at 250 units is very unfriendly. This absolutely makes things less flexible compared to other manufacturers, but not impossible. But it also means it's hard to make the economics work for products that have lower demand. On our site we sell Cherry vs MT3 in a roughly 5:1 ratio, and I imagine that's even less across the whole community. Ortho compared to base kits is about 4:1, and Ergodox to base kits is 10:1. So all things equal, a Cherry base kit, would generally appeal to about 20x more customers than an MT3 Ortho kit. So if we're going to sell 2,000 of one, we're expecting to sell about 100 of the other. What we lack in flexibility we benefit from scale production. Pretty much all of our keycap sets are nearly always in stock, which is a benefit to an overwhelming majority of the community who are not doing esoteric builds. We're not "ignoring" this segment of the market, but we simply can't do everything for everyone all the time- we have to prioritize. We keep evaluating what investments can we make that will appeal to the largest segment of customers (and yes, generate the most profits for us. We are unapologetically a corporation with investors and stakeholders that we have to answer to). As a community vendor we have pioneered very important milestones in regards to new and accessible products. While you (and others) may be disappointed by our lack of offerings, or lack of kit flexibility, or lack of designs, others are grateful and thankful for our product availability, accessible discounts, accessible inventory, the most generous cancellation and refund policy in the industry, Amazon listings, and many other benefits. GMK Red Samurai is essentially the most produced and sold kit ever because it has large easy to consume kits that are straightforward to inventory, hold and sell. I get that what we do isn't exactly to your or other deep-enthusiasts liking, but what I wish with all my heart others would appreciate is that we genuinely try every day to move the ball forward. And instead of celebrating innovation and improvements, the community's toxic members just point out problems and flaws. It's truly disappointing to not only me, but the rest of the team at Drop that try every day make great products that people love. Despite this, we have malice, incompetence and indifference that is projected onto us, instead of giving us the benefit of the doubt. We hired Hoff who has been in the community for 10+ years and has held positions as a moderator of Geekhack and r/mk. He's at every single keyboard product meeting and his voice is not ignored. He sees all the gory details and appreciates the decisions we make because he has the full context. As much as we'd love to share that all with everyone (like in posts like these), there's limitations on what we can say publicly. -- How is the relationship between you and Matt lately, btw? It's great, I speak with him on discord on a daily basis, and have worked with him on getting MT3 Sususwatari listed, in inventory, and available for sale on Zfrontier. We're also working on new /dev/tty kits. But thanks for trying to throw negative innuendo despite the fact Matt3o publicly stated on his blog that there was no drama or ill will between Drop and himself. Very Classy of you. It's also hilariously-ironic for you to scoff at another designer stuck to IP or design contracts... I'm stating a fact, that many designers can't make their designs on MT3 because of their contractual relationships. I'm not judging or scoffing at them. I'm responding directly to someone suggesting that "MT3 will be left to rot". On the contrary, we'd happily make more MT3 sets with designers if they're interested AND ABLE. But while you try to throw us under the bus, yet again... for the record we do not require any exclusivity with any of our designers, yet other vendors do. I'm sorry, how are we the bad guys here?

You are aware that designers have opinions on kitting requirements as-well Yes, I'm aware of that, I'm also aware that on basically every IC I've seen, someone is disappointed that the designer "left out" or "ignored" a specific type of layout or key requirement. I'm also confused as to why, when a designer releases a set with kit limitations, a large contingent of people feel that they need to brigade the designer with pitchforks talking about their disappointment, instead of being understanding that making a limited-coverage product that sells 2000 kits is better than making nothing at all. Having personally spoken with many designers, I'd say that a "fear of backlash from the community" is a large motivating factor in their kitting decisions. That's further backed up by the frequent "there's too much toxicity in the community" threads on reddit, and also the fact that NK Mike (imo the gold standard of great vendors) received threats of physical harm in the past. All of that just makes me sad.
josh_b
259
Jul 20, 2022
Good points all around. I wasted time reading Kevin's gross response, and now I just feel dirty. Massdrop has a terrible reputation in the mech community, and for good reason. They have a long history of deceiving buyers and mismanaging projects. Kevin would like us to give him the benefit of the doubt, but that won't happen until we actually see things turn around. One of their favorite lies is insisting that some reasonable request is flat out impossible. Of course they give all kinds of reasons. And then a few weeks or a few months later, they magically find a way to make it happen. It sounds like they didn't properly plan the MT3 tooling, which leaves them with no flexibility for kitting. I'm hoping they didn't screw up the DCX tooling as well. In any case, I'm betting we see DCX ortho by the end of the summer. Massdrop must know by now that they can't attract top tier designers without better kitting.
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