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Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

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The New SHIFT, Now in Barebones

They say bigger is better—but can bigger get better? With the SHIFT V2—the community-inspired evolution of our largest desktop exclusive—we answered yes. Now, we’re giving you the chance to build your own V2 on a stripped-down version of this compact full-size centerpiece: the SHIFT V2 Barebones. Taking input from over five years of reviews, we made several key changes to this second-generation standout—including an upgraded PCBA with 5-pin switch support, a new STM32 chipset with better QMK performance, a range of RGB LED improvements, and an updated configurator for on-the-fly keymapping. Beyond the electronics, we also outfitted the SHIFT V2 Barebones with some new, top-tier enthusiast components—including an array of PORON foam and IXPE foam for a refined typing sound and feel. Of course, we also kept the things our community loved—like the CNC-machined aluminum case, magnetic feet for an adjustable typing angle, and dual USB-C ports. It’s the streamlined, highly anticipated sequel—with all the greatest hits. It’s the SHIFT V2 Barebones.

Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

An Unrivaled RGB Experience

Like the original SHIFT, the SHIFT V2 Barebones is first and foremost an RGB keyboard. That’s why, like its predecessor, it features north-facing switch sockets: to shine the most light from its LEDs through its onboard switches and keycaps. But with the SHIFT V2 Barebones’ RGB LEDs, there’s so much more to love. For starters, we’ve incorporated all QMK LED modes into V2’s PCBA—a major upgrade from the limited number of options available on the first-generation SHIFT. With the addition of these modes, you can now adjust the hue and saturation of mono color and animation presets right on the keyboard, allowing for more flexibility without the need to flash new firmware and settings. Also now included is built-in EEPROM, which eliminates the need for EEPROM emulation. This means that SHIFT V2 Barebones will keep its current lighting setting, even if it’s disconnected and reconnected to a separate device. Even better: this functionality happens out of the box—no extra setup required.

Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

A Refined PCBA With Upgraded QMK, VIA & Configurator Performance

Alongside the lighting, nearly all of the electronics in the SHIFT V2 Barebones have undergone their own enthusiast evolutions. Take the new PCBA, which features reworked traces for a neater aesthetic, plus support for 5-pin switches to accommodate a much wider range of typing hardware. There’s also the new STM32 chipset—a major upgrade from the original SHIFT’s Microchip chipset, allowing for quicker implementation of new QMK features and updates. (VIA support is also included, with Vial support coming soon.) Finally, unveiled for the first time on the SHIFT V2 Barebones is our revamped Keyboard Configurator, which now allows for on-the-fly keymapping without the need for separate flashing or other setup steps. (This latest version of our Keyboard Configurator is similar to the VIA configurator, but it offers additional security checks in order to ensure higher protection against malicious actors.) It’s the finishing touch to an attentive electronics refresh—all to optimize personalization and performance, from hardware to software.

Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard
Drop SHIFT V2 Barebones Mechanical Keyboard

A Foam Foundation

Following community input, we placed special types of foam in select areas of the SHIFT V2 Barebones to refine its sound and soften its feel. This includes: PORON top case foam between the top case and the PCBA for a more plush and muted impact, IXPE switch foam between the top case foam the PCBA to act as a force break and modify switch sound, PORON socket foam directly under the PCBA to envelop the sockets and other key components, and PORON bottom case foam to eliminate any lingering hollowness. Add your favorite switches, stabilizers, and keycaps to build the perfect typing experience atop your new foam foundation.

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Fan-Favorite SHIFT Features

Our original SHIFT Keyboard is a community mainstay for more than a few good reasons. The sturdy and substantial CNC-machined aluminum case. The sleek Compact 1800 layout that packs full-size functionality into a smaller footprint. The detachable magnetic feet that can be reverse-mounted for negative tilt. The ultra-convenient dual USB-C ports and hot-swappable switch sockets. It’s nearly an entire spec sheet’s worth of exceptional features—and it’s all on the SHIFT V2 Barebones, too. After all, what’s a great sequel without a few great callbacks?

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  • Layout: Compact 1800
  • 99 keys
  • Case material: Anodized, CNC-machined aluminum
  • Top case foam: PORON
  • Socket foam: PORON
  • Bottom case foam: PE
  • Switch foam: IXPE
  • Hot-swappable switch sockets
  • 3-pin and 5-pin switch support
  • Plate-mounted stabilizer support
  • Per-key RGB LED lighting and ring
  • North-facing RGB LEDs 
  • Dual USB-C ports
  • QMK and VIA programmable (Vial coming soon)
  • Dimensions: 15.25 x 5.49 x 0.61 in (38.74 x 13.98 x 1.54 cm)
  • Weight: 28.40 oz (805 g)
  • Keyboard Configurator


  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Switch puller
  • Keycap puller
  • Drop 1-year warranty


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 Apr 29, 2024 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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Will there be a high-profile version?
Sep 11, 2023
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There has been some work done on a high-profile SHIFT in the past, which unfortunately was not able to come to fruition. I've always pushed for this to happen personally, and will absolutely pass...Read More
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Any ETA on this?
Sep 10, 2023
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Just launched today, expected ship date is mid-late October 👍Read More
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Do the Everglide V2 Screw In stabilizers work with this product?
Oct 31, 2023
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I can't guarantee they just work cause I had to stab mine and force it at the numpad enter key but I was able to make Everglide V2 Screw In stabilizers work with my Shift V2.Read More
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