Drop Phantom Plate-Mounted Stabilizer Pack
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Drop Phantom Plate-Mounted Stabilizer Pack

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Your keyboard is haunted—but that’s good news. It’s quiet—but not too quiet Read More

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How do these stand up to TX Stabs? I have been curious about these since I saw them.
@HoffmanMyster Hi, I received an early set of these and was going to leave a review, but I don't have the option to add one since I didn't technically purchase them. So I was wondering if I should just add my thoughts here or if there was a way to add a review that I missed. Thanks
Yes! I should have included some instructions on that, sorry. Please leave your review here in the Discussion section, and shoot an email to community@drop.com with your review Title, Star rating, and Would you recommend to a friend. We'll then convert the comment to a review. :)
Drop Phantom Stabilizers have arrived! We’re happy to announce our first in-house stabilizer offering, Phantom Stabilizers. Designed to be as quiet and smooth as the leading offering, these plate-mount stabilizers make a great modification to your standard Alt, Ctrl, Entr, Shift, or other plate-mount board.  Not interested in plate-mount stabilizers? Fret not, we will be adding a PCB-mount version in the near future!  As an added bonus, I've recorded a quick 'n' dirty sound comparison to show how the stock stabilizers compare to Phantoms on a bone-stock Ctrl board (Halo Clear switches). https://youtu.be/hH-gB9A2xUg
(Edited by moderator LukasM)
OddCoward
2
Apr 17, 2022
How do these plan to handle the rattle from the wire? Generally, keyboard enthusiasts coat the ends of the wires in a thick lubricant, and also pad the part of the stem where the wire sits (holee mod) so that the wire doesn't make noise. Assuming these don't come pre lubricated and don't have dampening material inside the housing and stem for the wire, I wonder if they still suffer from wire rattle.
Wire rattle is not bad at all - and certainly *much* better than the stock stabs. I just posted a comparison vid in the stickied comment above. For reference, the sample set that I'm using does have a small dab of lube on each wire where they're inserted into the stems.
OddCoward
2
Apr 26, 2022
I noticed that they do have legs that can be clipped; any idea why Drop decided to keep those legs, rather than manufacture them without, similar to how Zeal does? Also, in the pictures I'm seeing, the tolerances and precision are absolutely incredible, though I do worry that manufacturing tolerances could lead to issues down the line. Any thoughts on that concern? As a side note, I'm definitely considering (pre)ordering these sometime soon. The genuine cherry stabs I have still manage to have some pretty bad noise - primarily the wire rattle - even after some very heavy lubing, bandaid mods, etc, so I certainly hope that these can do better. I don't have the hand dexterity to accomplish the holee mod, sadly.
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sagnikd96
5
Apr 17, 2022
Anyone have images of the stem? Essentially do these need clipping or are they zeal-esque?
sagnikd96
5
Apr 19, 2022
Exactly what I wanted to see. Thanks a lot!
sagnikd96
5
Apr 19, 2022
Thanks for the detailed photos! Yeah, surely a fresh coat of lube would be good.
A mighty contender to the (EVERGLIDE PANDA GOLD-PLATE MOUNTED STABILIZER SET). We will have to see how this will work...
Alex56
5
Apr 15, 2022
Got excited then I saw they’re plate mount…
GeneralPretzel
22
Apr 18, 2022
Will the PCB mounted stabs be screw-in?
They will not be screw-in. Clip-in PCB-mount to begin with (possible addition of screw-in later, but not guaranteed).
webpablo
36
Apr 15, 2022
I will be watching reviews for these with great interest. I of course won't buy them unless they drop a PCB mount version, but it is nice to see some innovation happening in the stab space.
Soon TM We released these first since our mainline of keyboards are currently plate mount. We'll have more news to share soon.
Drop keyboards are “currently plate mount.” Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but I really hope that means Drop is releasing new keyboards. Before the end of April.
hottnucks
9
Apr 15, 2022
This further confirms the tone deafness of Drop. Nobody wants plate mount stabilizers.
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dsachs
15
Apr 17, 2022
>Nobody wants plate mount stabilizers.
  1. lots of people own platemount keebs and need/want replacement stabs
  2. there are a dearth of high-quality plate mount stabs in the marketplace, this (potentially) fills a niche
  3. people are allowed to like different things
  4. you're allowed to not buy them if you don't want them
Plate mount stabs are not bad at all. The whole screw-ins are better is a myth. I for one use plate mount stabs for my Oring mount boards such as the Ciel 60 since it makes my life easier whenever I need to mod my board. All stabs, plate mount, or otherwise will require lubing so I would say give Phantom stabs a try before writing them off.
sortofsleepy
7
Apr 15, 2022
Any plans for normal clip/screw-in pcb mount stabs in the future? Also any sound tests (with/without lube) ?
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Is that a thing to have a sound text with out lube? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. Pretty sure any stab will sound bad with out being modded.
sortofsleepy
7
Apr 18, 2022
Sort of? Definitely not common to not use lube but sometimes you don't need lube; For example, I have a stock HHKB that sounds fine without lubing. Realistically sound is more of a personal preference. Since the big selling point of these is that these are "quiet" compared to other stabs it'd make sense(at least to me) to have a lube free test as well as a test with lubed stabs for comparison.
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