Drop SHIFT Mechanical Keyboard
Drop SHIFT Mechanical Keyboard
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The latest addition to our family of mechanical keyboards, the Drop SHIFT is our largest and most ambitious undertaking yet. Done in the compact 1800 layout, it’s still significantly shorter than a traditional full-size keyboard, which frees up desk space for other gear ... Read More

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YanboWu
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May 23, 2019
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Hey everyone, We are back and ready to share the updated design for the Drop SHIFT keyboard. We’ve already updated the product page with the latest renders for the SHIFT keyboard. I am also sharing an updated CAD image of the new layout below.
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There were a few changes made to the keyboard.
  1. We’ve removed the second row on the numpad cluster
  2. We’ve shifted the function cluster to the left and added an additional Delete key above Backspace.
  3. We’ve added RGB LED indicators for Capslock, Numlock, and Scroll Lock between the numpad and main cluster. This will allow people to set up more uniform LED configurations.
Due to these changes, we will be extending the pre-order period to June 12. In addition, to account for additional prototyping and validation, the new estimated ship date will be January 31, 2020. We hope, with these changes, you’re even more excited about your SHIFT! As always, I appreciate the feedback and support from everyone.
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May 23, 2019
J.Bailey
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May 24, 2019
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Wow, I really love the new design! (Here is the old for reference.) Couple of questions though:
  1. Any chance of ditching Print Screen, moving Num - up and making Num + 2u tall? This will help with getting matching keycaps. The numpad would then be standard apart from 1u Num 0 (but that is normally included in numpad sets).
  2. With the inclusion of the LED indicators, will we be able to toggle the LEDs under the switches to not come on? E.g., could we make is so only the LEDs on the plate turn on or only the LEDs under the keys come on? That would be a nice feature.
Keep up the great work!
May 24, 2019
GokieKS
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May 25, 2019
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Thankfully the + key in 1u is not too uncommon - pretty much any keycap set that aims for high layout compatibility variations will support it, including all the MassDrop collaboration sets that I checked (SA Laser, GMK Red Samurai, MT3 /dev/tty, MT3 Godspeed, XDA Canvas R3, etc.) You wouldn't be able to buy a more standard off-the-shelf (e.g. 104/108 key) keycap set and have it fit, but since you need things like 1.75u Shift anyway, those aren't really viable to begin with. All that said, I'm in agreement that getting rid of the Print key and changing the to a more standard layout with the 2u would be preferred, just because I find that looks better.
May 25, 2019
YanboWu
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May 17, 2019
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Hey friends, Thank you to everyone who has provided their feedback around the SHIFT since we announced it a couple of weeks ago. After my post last week, I’ve definitely received a good amount of responses from many of you here and on other channels. Based on what I’ve been seeing, the compact 1800 does seem to be the preferred layout for most people. We very much value your thoughts around our products, we hear you, and we’ve decided to make changes to the SHIFT. We will be sharing mock-up images and more detail on May 20. For those of you that have already joined - we will be sending a separate email May 20 to confirm that you are still interested after this redesign. Please make sure to check your inbox then. While it’s difficult to make something that everyone finds perfect, our goal is to develop the best products possible and community feedback is a critical component of this. As always, I appreciate the input from everyone and thank you all for your support. 5/20 Update: Hi all — wanted to give you a quick status update. We’re still working on finalizing some of the new design elements and will follow up with details soon. Thanks for your patience!
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May 17, 2019
KM1337
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May 22, 2019
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I would sure hope so. alignment is all off, im sure at least a few of the keys are different size, I would retract my order too if they that was the end result. But I'm sure they'd make it look much better if they actually used that layout concept.
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May 22, 2019
satchmo
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May 23, 2019
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"Although the compact 1800 has a bit less keys, could you still provide the same R1 keycap pieces? I personally use Home, End, PgUp, PgDn keys a lot while leaving Pause, ScrLck, PrtScr keys untouched; but many others may have used differently. Just by maintaining the R1 keycaps (w/ extra blank keycap), we will mostly be able to configure the keyboard to any preferences." This is a very good idea and they should definitely do this.
May 23, 2019
Johnny831
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May 25, 2019
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How disappointing. Should have stuck with the 1800 layout. The people who complain are always the loudest, and not always who you want to gear things towards. Now it looks generic AF, and there are plenty of other keebs competing in this layout. Bummer, but what can you expect.
May 25, 2019
BrianLeeNYC
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May 25, 2019
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Is it possible to get barebones and then buy the same keycap set separately?
May 25, 2019
fwoon
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May 25, 2019
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Hi, can the MDA BIG BONE KEYCAPS SET fit this keyboard? KBDFan admin is telling it can't fit but i don't see why not...the profile is only abit higher. I need to verify this before i can commit. Thanks!
May 25, 2019
J.Bailey
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May 24, 2019
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The top right key looks like it has an LED window, is this for Scroll Lock?
May 24, 2019
MightyJabba
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May 24, 2019
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I won't be buying one of these unless they make a high-profile version, but this design is MUCH better than the one with the gap, in my opinion.
May 24, 2019
BurnsAllot
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May 24, 2019
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Awesome redesign! I think I can get used to the small + in the numpad. Got used to the small 0 really quickly. Now, just gotta figure out Halo Trues vs Clears... Any advice welcome, been on MX Blues for a long time now.
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May 24, 2019
TankedThomas
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May 24, 2019
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I haven't tested either but from what I've heard, it appears most people prefer Clears over Trues.
May 24, 2019
J.Bailey
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May 24, 2019
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I have not used Halo Clears, but I have Halo Trues on my KType and CTRL (typing on it now). I have used MX Clears though and they were just way too stiff for my liking. Scratch that. Out of curiosity I just got out my MX Clear board and it doesn't feel nearly as stiff as I remember. It was one of my first boards so I guess I wasn't used to it. Comparing the Halo True to MX Clear, they feel roughly similar in weight (maybe Halo True is a little lighter), but the Halo True is more linear than the Halo Clears. MX Browns are tactile but there's hardly any bump. MX Clears have a very recognizable bump. Halo Trues are in the middle. There is a bump but it's not over powering.
May 24, 2019
Christian.N
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May 24, 2019
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Any plan on having it on other color like black?
May 24, 2019
Chamber_JXZ
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May 23, 2019
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Any update on the redesign?
May 23, 2019
Huttlez
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May 23, 2019
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Just so you're notified, new pictures are up on the regular drop page now.
May 23, 2019
Chamber_JXZ
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May 23, 2019
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thanks bro
May 23, 2019
Gamok
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May 21, 2019
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Say i wanted to swap out the switches for zealpc v2's, would the board be competable?
May 21, 2019
Tyson522
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May 23, 2019
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Yes, any MX style switch will work with the Hot-Swap PCB.
May 23, 2019
username_not_taken
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May 21, 2019
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Do you plan on making an UK version of the keyboard? 🙏🙏🙏I so badly want this keyboard but it is an American version. I hope this is possible.
May 21, 2019
Mt00100
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May 21, 2019
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Would like to have a hit swappable mechanical keyboard with a volume control
May 21, 2019
AlphaX1A
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May 19, 2019
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That gap is ugly. Remove 1 row on the right and compact everything, can we have a high profile of this next, i'd buy it in a heartbeat, up-vote any1
May 19, 2019
Tyson522
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May 23, 2019
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Surprisingly they fixed the gap!
May 23, 2019
Jlogan
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May 18, 2019
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Is a high profile planned? Will be holding out for that version. If not, I might as well grab this one.
May 18, 2019
LordHiler
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May 18, 2019
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Does the Bare Bones kit still come with the keycap puller and switch puller? And what is the spacebar width? 6.25u? 6u?
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May 18, 2019
erickong
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May 24, 2019
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6.25u spacebar
May 24, 2019
lukelight27
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May 18, 2019
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Possibilities of a high profile version?
May 18, 2019
LordHiler
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May 17, 2019
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I have already bought in as a supporter for this drop, so this isn't a deal breaker. However, I would be willing to pay a SUBSTANTIAL extra fee for a set of dvorak alphas to match this keyboard's stock keycaps. I love the shine through double shot PBT and even the sculpted shape and color scheme. I just want Dvorak instead of QWERTY, and it is the sculpting itself that makes just rearranging them a non-starter. If this is even remotely possible please let me know.
May 17, 2019
erickong
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May 18, 2019
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SA Granite on Kono store has lots of keys that probably meet your needs
May 18, 2019
LordHiler
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May 18, 2019
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That set would definitely work. Downsides are that it's not sculpted and it's not shine-through. I'm tempted anyway if there is no option for a Dvorak compatible base set of alphas for this keyboard. Can I humbly suggest such a set be made in the future though? Since it's only the alphas that would need to change it would be compatible with the ALT and CTRL as well. I can't be the only person interested in such a set.
May 18, 2019
Byte
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May 15, 2019
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I wish they had gone with macros keys between the number row and the function keys as there is easily enough room for them and it would be super useful. also would have loved to see a wrist rest option and/or a black colour scheme option. Otherwise an amazing keyboard
May 15, 2019
holzhead
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May 13, 2019
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Make it a regular ANSI keyboard please <3
May 13, 2019
PapaMac
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May 11, 2019
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I'd love go get this keyboard, but one thing that's holding me back is the space between the function keys. As a software developer and gamer. That gap might take a while to get used to. Though hoping that they'll change it.
May 11, 2019
Ytbaskt
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May 10, 2019
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This is a very uh - ambitious keyboard design choice to say the least. Personally not a fan, but I admire the bravery.
May 10, 2019
YanboWu
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May 9, 2019
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Hey everyone, Wanted to chime in and address some of the things brought up in discussion here. Also wanted to post some of the pictures that I had promised earlier. Magnetic Feet One of the first things that I saw posted a lot about are concerns with the magnetic feet. Some who have tried our feet on the CTRL and ALT keyboards have had misgivings about their implementation. We definitely heard the feedback and have made improvements for the SHIFT. This includes doubling the number of magnets per foot along with stronger magnets overall. TaeKeyboards touched on this a bit in his review video. I also have gif below of me pushing the SHIFT around on a deskmat.
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Spacing Another piece of feedback I’ve been seeing is in regards to the gap between the Alphas and the Function row. There were concerns about how reachable the function keys would be given the increased space. This is a valid concern, and I think the photos on the page seem to make the gap look larger than it actually is. To hopefully put some concern to rest, here are a few photos below, showing Function shortcuts being used on the SHIFT. Note that these images use different keycaps than what will come with the SHIFT.
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For you DOTA and other MOBA players, here is how it would look when you need to access your Function keys while leaving your left hand on the default QWER ability hotkeys.
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Here are some additional photo of the SHIFT in the wild.
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Layout I’ve been seeing many posts from people who are advocating for a more compact 1800 layout. The one that I’ve seen gain the most traction from is the removal of row 2 from the numpad cluster and pulling in the Function row with the main cluster to better mirror the space on the CTRL keyboard. We are definitely open to dialogue on this change, but I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts - especially those who have already joined this pre-order and have now seen these additional images in the post. What are your thoughts on variations of the 1800 layout - what is the most preferred approach here? As always, I appreciate the passion from everyone and can’t wait to hear about everyone’s thoughts!
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May 9, 2019
KM1337
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May 20, 2019
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If it helps, y'all can just charge me now and send me the working prototype in the current layout, since no one else wants it xD
May 20, 2019
fderbs
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May 21, 2019
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Oh shush old man
May 21, 2019
KM1337
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May 7, 2019
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@YanboWu I presume that there will eventually be a high profile variant of this board, like with the Alt and the Ctrl. Is there any possibility that you guys will offer a run for the high pro cases alone for those of us who have opted into the early / low-pro models? I am totally in for this board, but i'd def like a chance to get the high pro case if/when it comes out without having to sell the low pro to turn around and buy the high pro.
May 7, 2019
bruek1
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May 7, 2019
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I heard about a hotswappable 1800 and I got super excited. Then i saw this garbage. Hideous gap between num and f row, old magnet feet, awful low profile case, disgusting "rgb-strip" between the 2 pieces of aluminum. Yikes all around.
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May 7, 2019
Asrei
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May 14, 2019
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I like the RGB strip personally but I really hope to see some improvements to the layout
May 14, 2019
fderbs
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May 21, 2019
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Wow a keyboard enthusiast that's an entitled forum dwelling snob, never heard of one before.../s YIIKES. We get it you watch Chyrosran22
May 21, 2019
notsofast
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May 7, 2019
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cant believe you guys are still doing the magnet feet. those things don't stay put.
May 7, 2019
erickong
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May 8, 2019
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May 8, 2019
fderbs
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May 23, 2019
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Convenient name LOL
May 23, 2019
PxOR
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May 6, 2019
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I like compact keyboard layout (love ALT and 75 layout) but also appreciate a full keyboard at work. But this one I have to say for that purpose, it's a bit too weird. It reminds me of those weird laptop full keyboard layouts. The number Area got merged with system keys. The funcfion key row has a gap of a full key. The arrow keys are slightly shifted down. All of those make it difficult to use without looking. Maybe I'll get used to it but it probably will be quite a learning curve.
May 6, 2019
MattG293
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May 6, 2019
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Honestly, I think I'm about 50/50 on the 1800 layout. Either way though, I definitely want a hi-pro case. And Drop's previous MO has been to release a lo-pro first, and then a hi-pro later, so we'll see.
May 6, 2019
RF95349
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May 5, 2019
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Is there an option for everything except the switches? In other words: a barebone version WITH the keycaps? I prefer to solder in switches myself.
May 5, 2019
RF95349
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May 6, 2019
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That makes the lack of a "no switch" option even more baffling.
May 6, 2019
Flo4Power
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May 18, 2019
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There is a barebone option now
May 18, 2019
Vitigreen
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May 5, 2019
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ISO support is missing :'( how will I write my stupid language's letters, like öüóőúéáűí
May 5, 2019
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