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I'm rather disappointed with this purchase. Perhaps my expectations were too high based on the price tag and fact it had both the Ducky and Massdrop names behind it.
- It was supposed to have "Sand Blasted CNC Aluminum Plate", well not unless Ducky invented highly magnetic aluminum.
- It arrived with the plate bowed upwards from the case quite a bit. The left and right ends were flush with the top of the case, but the rest was over 1/16" high and would easily flex down if pressed on. I found all of the screws to be extremely loose and so I tightened them myself. This helped the situation a lot, but there's still some bow and flex. The plate only attaches at 5 points and I think that is the problem with the design (and the plate seemingly being steel).
- There is a tooling mark in the bottom left corner. You can see where a CNC bit dug in too deep. The bead blasting makes it less harsh but it's still easily noticeable.
- The CapsLock baclight only acts as an on/off indicator, yet the keycap has a round indicator dot. There's only a single switch-mounted LED in this location, so the indicator dot is useless. I would have also preferred an option to have all 3 "lock" keys lit the same as the rest of the keyboard and just go full brightness when they are enabled, instead of their LEDs being completely on/off.
- The FN key appears to not be sent to the OS at all (on Mac, probably the same on PC), so you can't map that to anything.
- It was advertised as "Compatible with Windows and Mac". It is compatible with Mac in only the loosest possible sense of the word, like nearly any PC keyboard. There appears to be no dedicated hardware mode/layout to support a Mac (there are no DIP switches and the manual says nothing about a key combo to change modes). For a Mac user, you can expect the following:
-- There are no extra keycaps included and the GUI keys are in fact the Windows logo. Probably not an issue for many who will run custom keycaps anyway.
-- The GUI (Command) and ALT (Option) keys are of course in the wrong place for a Mac. This is easily swapped in any modern version of OS X, however remember that the setting doesn't kick in till after boot (so special boot-time key combos need to use the wrong keys still).
-- NumLock acts as Clear, but will not light up. No lighting mode seems to be able to affect this, it's backlight is apparently only able to act as an on/off indicator.
-- ScrollLock does nothing at all, same backlight issue as NumLock.
-- Surprisingly, Home & End do absolutely nothing on a Mac. They are recognized by Karabiner and thus can be remapped by it or a similar app.
-- The Calc button also does nothing. It isn't even seen by Karabiner, but is recognized by USBOverdrive and ControllerMate so it can be remapped if you have the right app.
- The keys with stabilizers are noisy, but my understanding is that is inherent with this type of stabs.
- The top plate is a folded/bent design instead of machined Aluminum. So the plate corners are square yet the case has rounded internal corners. Makes for a sloppy look, but this was shown in the original photos so it wasn't a surprise.
- The font on the included keycaps looks like a stencil style and comes off "messy". The letter keycaps are a larger point size and seem like a thicker weight (bolded) compared to all the other caps which makes them look like you're using mismatched keysets.
I do realize that some folks would consider all of the issues I listed to really be nitpicks. Let me say that despite my concerns, this keyboard is fairly unique, so I will be keeping it. I purchased it with the MX Clears and so far I'm enjoying the overall typing experience.
The fact that the plate is steel and not aluminum should warrant a full refund from Massdrop. If you want to return it for full refund you should contact customer support. Keep us updated. This sounds like a terrible transaction and the community needs to know the direction it takes
What's wrong with a steel backpack? I would much rather have a steel plate than soft metal.
The problem is false advertising. If they say Aluminum, you should receive an aluminum product. I would probably prefer a heavier steel plate myself, but the lightweight aluminum may be a benefit to some. Either way, the fact remains that they lied about their product (or it's a terrible alloy)
Don't forget all of Ducky's, Filco's, CoolerMaster's and older Das keyboards all have STEEL plates inside to provide strength and rigidity when using them.
Also the humble Model-M keyboard had used a galvanized steel plate for their BS switches.
Because a company uses an outer Aluminium Skin for their keyboard model doesn't mean they have lied or deluded everyone here. They provided a far heavier keyboard built to take all manner of abuse from it's owner, hence a steel plate had to be used.