Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6
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Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6

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Solid, Powerful Compact Keyboard
I've had my Planck v6 for two months now and overall, it is a joy to type on. Pros: +The QMK firmware offers a level of customization beyond what any sane person could want. c-coded macros with states and timers can be triggered by assigning custom internal keycodes to keys or by entering a sequence of keys with leader-key functionality. Up to 32 stackable (and conditional) layers can be programmed, so that multiple layers triggered at once causes expected behavior, and switching base layers allows for a variety of "modes". +The keyboard is lightweight, compact, and portable, but it is also solidly built. It can easily fit on top a laptop without hitting keys or triggering the touch pad. (You will want to use an L-shaped cable if you use the keyboard with a laptop.) +The keyboard is easily powered by and functions with all of the android devices I have tested, (both those with USB-micro and USB-C ports), which I cannot say of other, more power-hungry keyboards I have owned. (Both C-to-C and A-to-C with a micro (or C) adapter on the A work, as long as the adapter-side isn't the one plugging into the keyboard.) +The hot-swappable switches on the keyboard really are hot-swappable. (I did not like having some of the keys clicky that I thought I would like clicky, and was able to remove and replace the switches without any problem.) Cons (most are minor firmware related gripes): +There is a steep learning curve, both for learning how to customize it properly (by cross-compiling c-code), and for learning how to type on it in a way that is effective and does not cause strain to your hands. Prepare to modify your keymap several times before you find what works best for you. You may have to change compiler flags just to get the firmware to compile. ('make CFLAGS+="-Wno-error -Os" planck/rev6:keymap-name:dfu-util' works for me.) + There is no easy way to switch between mouse settings on the keyboard (because they are hard-coded), and the speed of the mouse can vary from operating system to operating system. You may have to select values that are a compromise. There is a mouse mode that allows selectable speeds, but enabling this disables the more intuitive acceleration mode. (Update: a new mouse mode in QMK fixes this!) + The keyboard does not seem able to trigger a wake from sleep (with at least one of my laptops), and can sometimes take a while to respond after a wake from sleep. (This may not be the fault of the keyboard (it might have something to do with USB-C and windows), but my other keyboards do not have this problem.) (Update: It was a problem with the USB port on that computer, not the keyboard.) + The Alt+Tab macro (w/timers) feels a little bit like a compromise compared to other less-customizable keyboards with a better behaving app-switching keys. (Update: If you get creative with the coding and make the alt-hold dependent on which layers are active, it works much more smoothly.) + There seems to be no way to end a leader-key sequence without having to wait for it to time out. I would like to be able to choose whether hitting the leader-key again pre-timeout confirms/ends, cancels, or restarts a sequence. (Currently it does nothing.) Recommendations: +Use the 48 key layout. The extra keys at the thumbs are useful for extra layer switching. (Flipping the keycaps so that they angle downward will reduce thumb fatigue and help you feel the center.) +The default keymap isn't spectacular, but it does include a lot of functions w/intelligent comments and can be used as a reference for making your own. +Buy a couple of L-shaped USB-C cables. Because USB-C is flippable, you can insert them so that the cable runs either left or right along the keyboard. This puts less stress on the USB-C port (which has been identified as a structural weak point) and lowers the space footprint of the keyboard considerably. +Using taller SA-profile (or similar) keys for the top left and right corners may help your fingers navigate.
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are stabilizers included?
Yep! The kit comes with two 2-u stabilizers.
Can I put rotary encoder on this?
Yes! The left side of the board has positions for a Rotary Encoder. You can solder one in in either of the four positions. (Or all, but you can only have one programmed function active at a time, not make each RE do something different.)
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Tsachig
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Aug 11, 2022
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Really nice keyboard kit!
This is my first ortholinear keyboard and I really like it. The build was straight forward and quite simple. I thought that it would take me more time to get used to, but after only a couple of days I could type about the same speed as when using a normal keyboard, the hardest part getting used to was not the ortholinear layout, but using the layer thumb keys. I really like typing on the planck and I notice that I make less mistakes when using it compared to a staggered layout keyboard. Overall highly recommend.
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hpickles
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Aug 6, 2022
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Great keyboard!
This has been a grail keyboard for me for years. Very happy with this iteration! Solid, great to type on, and looks real nice. Works well as a portable keyboard for me, but would also make a great daily driver. I think there's a few pretty frustrating missteps from Drop, but the keyboard itself is stellar. Pros:
  • QMK with an ARM chip. Basically lets you have infinite control over what your keyboard can do.
  • Solid build quality (except possibly the USB-C port). When trying to decide between the Drop and EZ Planck, the aluminum base stood out as a sturdier option. Definitely happy with my choice.
  • Bought if for portability (versus my daily driver split ergonomic keyboard, splitkb's Kyria) and it fits the bill well. Compact and sturdy.
Cons:
  • The included wrench didn't fit the nuts I needed to screw in. I did it with my fingernails and things seem fine, but it's pretty sloppy to not include proper hardware.
  • USB-C port doesn't seem to have a lot of support. There are reports of the USB-C port breaking off since it seems to only be held on to the board by the solder joints. Looking at the Drop Preonic, one can see that they opted to enclose the port within the bottom case. It's not clear if it's supported, but I'd like to see Drop do something to increase the potentially weak port. I've opted to use the keyboard with a magnetic USB-C connector, which I think helps reduce strain on the port.
  • The carrying case is laughably large for the keyboard. I purchased the acute keycap set and carrying case and there's maybe a 1/4 inch extra width and 1/2 inch extra height (tough to be exact since everything's so flexible). On the plus side, I can also very easily fit my USB cable in as well (and things still shift around). It does have a nice plush inside and a jean-like outside. There's also some padding on the top and bottom. Using it day to day is fine, but the sizing makes an otherwise fine case seem cheap.
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Keyboard is Beautiful...I just can't type on it!
Ok...maybe you all can help me. I have the keyboard, case and awesome keycaps. I will post pictures. The keyboard is absolutely beautiful in High case red. I can't type on it very well. It would be great if someone can drop me a message and help me out with learning muscle memory on how to use this keyboard. I have many different types of keyboards, but this one is driving me up the wall. please message me. Look for two pictures of the Red with a hand on the left holding it.
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good quality and good price
got it discounted
BrandonsEdge
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Aug 1, 2022
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Easy to use
The keyboard was great quality, easy to put together, and felt great!
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Jul 31, 2022
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Works well
I use this keyboard now for about 2 weeks as my daily driver and it works well. No problems at all.
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InCurable
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Jul 30, 2022
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Exactly what I expected, I love it
I was looking for a new ortholinear keyboard that I could use my own switches with and get used to using a more mininmal layout with layers, and this keyboard does exactly that. The QMK firmware makes it super easy to modify my layers (I used planck/rev6_drop). The construction is super solid, I used the spacers when building mine. The mid pro purple case is also a very nice metallic color, it looks better than I expected. I'm definitely glad I bought this keyboard.
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Very powerful, compact keyboard
The Planck fits very well into a lot of spaces due to its compact size, and offers great customizability. It also comes with a nice speaker, and the default QMK firmware works very well. When the keyboard first arrived I had some doubts about transitioning from a staggered to an ortholinear keyboard, but the transition was easy and within 15 minutes it felt just as easy to type on the Planck as on any other keyboard.
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Jul 28, 2022
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I like it more than expected
After two Preonics (which I still use everyday with my Mac and Windows desktops) I wanted to try a Planck for portability, to use with my iPad on the go. I got the mid-pro for lighter weight. It works perfect and takes very little space in my bag.
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Jul 28, 2022
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Good if you want to challenge yourself.
The planck is a fun and simple little build, the layout nit vastly different than anything I have typed on before and is a real challenge coming from the common staggered keyboard layout. I highly recommend if you want to challenge yourself and use your brain a little more while you type away.
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