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Massdrop x MiTo Canvas CTRL Mechanical Keyboard

Massdrop x MiTo Canvas CTRL Mechanical Keyboard

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Missed out on the Massdrop CTRL mechanical keyboard? Looking for a unique keyboard to showcase MiTo’s XDA Canvas custom keycap set? Read More

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Hey everyone,
I’m pretty excited to announce the second keyboard project that I have been working on with Mito - the CTRL keyboard inspired by the awesome XDA Canvas keycap set.
For this one, we went a slightly different route than the Laser ALT. The CTRL keyboard here is not anodized, it is actually powder coated. The powder coat gives the keyboard almost a soft texture similar to ceramic finishes. Additionally, white is not an anodizable color and even though the Canvas CTRL will be in an off-white color I'm not sure that color is achievable via anodization. It is very unique and I’m a huge fan of the finish Mito picked in the end.
One final thing to note about power coating is that there is a higher chance of failure where the finish isn’t up to our standards. With anodization, there is still a possibility of saving the aluminum stock. However, with powder coating failure will result in a defective case that cannot be sold. Thus, you’ll see this keyboard is more expensive than the regular CTRL, even the barebones version.
Mito and I had decided to include both the regular gray modifiers and the Bauhaus modifiers for everyone that really wants to customize the look and feel of their keyboard. Plus I always felt the Bauhaus kit was a pretty integral part of the Canvas experience.
Finally, regarding payment. Please note that we will be collecting payment at the end of the June. This is to allow us to start prepping the powder coat cases. It’s a very involved process and we’d like to have an extra buffer to ensure smooth delivery. If this is an issue for you, please make sure to join the drop after June 30th.
As always, I really appreciate the community’s support and I can’t wait to get these in your hands.
Ronon
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Jul 12, 2018
MOQ stands for Minimum Order Quantity. In terms of manufacturing it is the threshold required to get an order placed and produced, and given the context I believe is applicable here.
dvorcol
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Jul 13, 2018
@Ronon MOQ is common in keycap drops. Each kit in a drop has a Minimum Order Quantity, below which that kit might not be made. For example, the Green Screen drop's graph linked below shows an order quantity bar for each kit. Kits below MOQ are shown in yellow, kits above MOQ in green.
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-admgc-sa-green-screen-custom-keycap-set/talk/2136094?utm_source=linkshare&referer=AV5F4D
For this CTRL drop it looks like MOQ only applies to the optional Canvas keycap set, which is now well beyond its MOQ of 100.
MiTo
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MiTo
Jun 13, 2018
Hope you guys enjoy the project, here’s a less colorful option which I particularly very much enjoy!
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If there’s any color combination you’d like to see or if you need assistance, please let us know.
Thank you very much for the support!
girirrir
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Mar 11, 2019
do you have plans to sell again this year?
MiTo
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MiTo
Mar 11, 2019
Maybe, not sure.
linneverstops
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Nov 15, 2018
Got mine this morning and she is a beaut! Too bad I have to wait for my switches to come in... The finish is so smooth and looks like the led works this time!
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TeeAreEffedUp
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Jan 3, 2019
Hey there, just opened my board up and have nearly all the same inconsistencies for all the same caps as you. Any chance they gave you any resolution of some sorts? Thanks, Tom
A community member
Jan 4, 2019
yes, and it was really simple. Go to Transactions and select "contact support" on your order. Explain the issue, link this thread and attach your own pictures. They then ask you whether you'd like a partial refund, whether you'd like to return the product entirely for a full refund or if they should send you a new set of keycaps. I went for new keycaps, but they will probably take a while. Mine haven't arrived yet.
Elrick
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Nov 25, 2018
Still don't understand why MassDrop keeps promising they have FIXED the stabs issue yet it's still a disaster. For the money spent you would expect the stabs to ALL work but no they don't : ( Every keyboard I buy from KBDfans, Kono and various Ebay models don't have this problem that constantly arises with all MassDrop made keyboards. Either the manager at MassDrop Central is 'Brain-dead' beyond resusitation or they need to employ another BOSS that knows how to PERMANENTLY fix this on going problem, that happens with every new keyboard model that is released. Why MassDrop do you persist in breaking people's faith with your own Manufacturing and PR spin?
Elbert
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Dec 23, 2019
@MisterHockey Thanks for the in-depth analysis. I experienced the issue with the compressed housings on a CTRL HP build recently. I suspected it was an issue with tolerances. I resolved it by swapping the stabilizer housing (presumably, the new one had marginally smaller dimensions). I'd definitely like to get to the bottom of this. Do you mind if I send you an email at the address linked to your account?
Andy_Who
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Apr 20, 2020
Another potential fix is adding lube or even dielectric grease to the slab pegs instead of cutting the housing. Worked for me after a few minutes. Either way thanks for pointing out why the slabs were getting stuck.
OldCat
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Jun 13, 2018
Barebone version is too expensive .... regular CTRL has switches and caps only 199.
Ughh
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Jun 16, 2018
Can I be a shelf? ;)
StanLeeStanley
44
Jun 16, 2018
would be down for a b-stock drop!
Hi everyone, Production is well underway for the Massdrop x MiTo Canvas CTRL Mechanical Keyboard and we’re super excited to share a few production images:
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We’re on track to meet the expected ship date of November 15th and we can’t wait for you to receive them. We’ll be back around early November with another update!
Miquinho
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Sep 28, 2018
It was mentioned that one of the anticipated challenges was the powder coating process. Any news on how that’s progressed? In particular, have yields been as expected?
NigelBlan
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Nov 2, 2018
This looks super nice! I can hardly wait! Will this drop be affected by the production delays the keycap drop is suffering? edit: I'll take my early shipping notice as a "No". Super excited to get this board!
Pennywise359
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Jun 16, 2018
Both the keyboard and keycaps are great. But they don't look good together.
MiTo
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MiTo
Jun 17, 2018
Thanks for checking it out! Nope, there aren’t any plans for anything ISO.
Pennywise359
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Jun 19, 2018
Yeahh, with less colors it definitely looks better
dvorcol
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Jul 5, 2018
I think the powder coat color of the CTRL keyboard would look great with the SA Green Screen keycaps that just dropped today.
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john.yu
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Jul 6, 2018
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MiTo
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MiTo
Jul 7, 2018
Very cool!
etatauri
329
Jul 7, 2018
I have a K-Type at work and am considering this one for home use. Although I would have preferred the dark version the original was, I do think this one looks good. I do wonder about the powder coat though. Is it durable? I would hate to see scratches on the surface. As I switch switches and keycaps regularly I would probably shy away from this if the coating is susceptible to damage.
john.yu
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Jul 9, 2018
I can add a few more insights about powder coating... to put it simply, it's one of the most robust ways to finish metal parts. It's commonly used in more demanding applications like the automotive industry (wheels, brake calipers, engine parts, etc) where parts are subjected to much harsher environments like heat, dust/abrasion, stress/vibration, moisture, oil/grease, cleaning chemicals, etc etc. We might not be using the same grade of powder coat, but rest assured that the keyboard will look great even after several years of use :)
Also, just FYI Jet Black iPhone is anodized (not powder coated), and the reason it's so susceptible to micro scratches is because it's highly polished. The fact that Apple can ship millions of units with such a high-polished finish, something that was previously only achievable by skilled manual labor, is a feat of manufacturing/operations prowess, but in this case highlights some of the weaknesses of anodized finishes. An apt analogy would be creme brulee: a thin+hard coating on top of a (relatively) softer material will still get damaged.
etatauri
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Jul 9, 2018
Thank you so much John for being specific. I understand it is probably not automotive grade coating but you have definitely put my mind at ease about it. I am a little OCD so micro-scratches really get to me - especially ones that are near usb ports and such.
Really looking forward to this keyboard!
derPuntigamer
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Jun 15, 2018
This would be a no brainer... If it would be available in ISO... Would it really break the bank to support this layout? Wouldn't it have any market share? An ANSI layout effectively blocks me from writing in my preferred human spoken languages, so I will never buy an ANSI only board.
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derPuntigamer
56
Jun 16, 2018
I'm Hungarian and I mostly type German and Hungarian (and English) or coding. I understand your reasons, although I don't see the huge technical difficulty in compatibility or customization of iso boards. I hope the iso layout will gather some traction in the community :)
My 2 reasons for sticking to iso: - I am living in the iso world, all the keyboards around me are iso and I don't want to get to used to other layouts - on the iso Layout I have my dedicated äáéíóöőúüűß keys (German and Hungarian accent keys) which I don't want to substitute with combos
TekilaShot
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Nov 16, 2018
I don't want to be rude but it sounds like 2 selfish reasons. And where I live all the keyboards are in ISO but I switched years ago without regrets. If you want more options in it's a must. And for the technical issues : the CTRL is hot swap, you can't have it with multiple layouts so obviously it's gonna be ANSI.
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