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I don't understand, where are the arrow keys? Why is the drop introduced without the novelties and other kits being priced and available immediately?
Why would Massdrop keep screwing up like this?
For the same reason they screw everything else up, like merging RC with Hobby, Merging Pro Audio with Audiophile. Massdrop doesn't care as long as they make money.
Since I assume you wanted an actual answer, arrow keys are in the TKL kit and from what I understand the novelties and some other kits are going through some changes so pricing hasn't been released yet.
I'm guessing because some of the novelties are going to be difficult and/or impossible and/or prohibitively expensive to make as doubleshot
Set's sold 800 kits in 8 hours, I don't think $75 per new mould (which is what SP charges as of last year) is going to be prohibitive with Massdrop behind this. There are only like 20 new double shots to be made for this, most keys are repeats in all three colourways hence they might look more daunting than they actually are - it'll cost like a 1.5k to have them made, 2 grand tops, that's beans in this business, GMK's prices are $300 per new 1u key.
I'd imagine they're mostly working on pricing rather than whether or not they're possible to make. I'm sure they're possible to make, they might just end up a little bit more expensive than the designer/MD might've initially anticipated.
The "arrow" keys in the TKL kit are text, not icons.
Right, I didn't realize you specifically wanted arrows, just thought you couldn't find the directionals for some reason