4/5 stars. I like them, but needs additional kit options
Disclaimer: Drop.com sent me a set of keycaps to review in advance of the product release, opinions in this review are my own.
Here’s the tldr:
The good- Cool profile. Will cover basically any keyboard. Quality doubleshot. Good finishing, ~1.5mm thickness. Price:content:quality ratio is ok for keycaps in this range. Clear and legible legends. Sound on these is nice.
The bad- The colorway is kinda safe and there aren't enough novelties to accommodate more than 4 macros. Profile is new and therefore difficult to accessorize
Here's the full review:
Out of the (admittedly nice compared to most) packaging, everything fits nicely on both my halo stems and my cherry clear stems, so nothing is going to accidentally pop off while you type. The inner stem is cylindrical around the cross so these should go on and off many times before there are any signs of wear. The site does a good job at depicting the colorway, with a very deep blue purple hue for modifiers and a more tame steel purple for the alphas, all filled in with bright blue legends. The mt3 profile is a good change of profile for accurate typing/ finger training. This is my first real step out of cherry and OEM profile keycaps. They’re notably taller than my other caps, but it's not uncomfortable to adjust my fingers to fit the profile, I adjusted almost instantly. It's a pretty welcome change of pace considering I type like a gorilla and thus are prone to hitting multiple keys at the same time with less sculpted profiles like cherry and OEM. These are really sculpted caps and will be my daily driver for a long while so I can get better finger positioning. Once you get used to the profile I can see these being used for gaming as well. I do understand that Drop is looking to expand the mt3 line so the profile choice for them would be easy enough to choose, but as a consumer I find myself struggling to find keycaps in new profiles because I like to mix and match sets and that gets hard when you're working with a profile line that has about 10 total colorways, which aren't always in stock. They lack the “gamer aesthetic” so no RGB gets through these at all (which can be a bummer as I use a lot of visual cues to point me in the right direction as far as what keys do what) but you do still have the edge glow around the keycaps so you're not totally lost. The scooped numpad 5, f, and j keys are really nice for relocating yourself on the home row and are definitely more noticeable than the little bars or scoops you'll find elsewhere. As I've pointed out in my other comments, there is a lack of novelty keys and that's kind of a bummer considering this is a $130 set of keycaps, coming in at about 80 cents a keycap. This puts it in competition with retail GMK sets for a similar kit size. That said however, you do get enough to fit basically any board on the market. 60%, 65%, 75%, TKL, 1800, and full size, with alternate mac keys as well as iso support, so you do get a lot of bang for your buck considering the quality of these keycaps. The problem arises when you have dedicated macro keys like I do, where I would normally put a novelty or an artisan. An additional novelty kit (like on the Fairlane set) would be a very welcome addition to this and the other marvel kits to make them more personal. As well as some additional spacebars for those who use ergo layouts. Just as an additional kit it would be nice, even if you want to fill out a 108% keyboard or your numpad has 4 top row keys above the numpad like the ducky shine 7 or the one 2. It's also nice to appreciate the art for keys you feel like replacing (like the Iron Man vs Thanos caps lock key or the Infinity Gauntlet r0 key). The marvel logo left shift key is kinda corny but you can opt to not use it if you wish on this set as there is a skyline option that looks way better. As far as sound goes they're not unpleasant by any means if you find yourself typing in a quiet environment. They thocc because of the space under the switch but it's not notable enough to use that as an argument alone if you want this set unless you're chasing a sound profile. Sound tests can be found on youtube for the mt3 profile and how it compares to cherry profile. If you're looking to change profiles I can definitely recommend this set as an introduction as its clear and legible and is in a more unique colorway than many other kits out there while remaining safe enough for the average person who isn't necessarily a Marvel fan (you can use regular legends and have no trace of any marvel ip if you just like the colorway) but I am, overall, quite impressed with the attention to detail and the doubleshot work done here and can give these a solid go ahead for anyone looking to very subtly show off their inner, or outer, Marvel fan, or if you're tired of the same black and white keycap sets and are looking to step out a bit while remaining professional. I've included some pictures to show what they look like outside of a studio (shot on a Galaxy S20+). Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them as best I can
Would recommend to a friend.