Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6
Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6
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The ortholinear 40% Planck mechanical keyboard is hailed for its unique layout—and the new version is even better. Laid out so that every key is within two units of your fingers on the home row, this compact keyboard minimizes finger travel Read More
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hyp_r
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Aug 7, 2020
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Fun build for people looking to get into mechanical keyboards
The case is high quality, pcb was live on arrival, and the instructions were straightforward. As far as a hotswap 40% kit goes, it's a good one with the exception of an incredibly (and I mean absolutely horrendous) aluminum plate. Once those switches are in, they're in - "hotswap" becomes more of a suggestion. I'd reccomend sticking to cheap switches with this kit (RIP creams), otherwise consider sanding! But again, case is lovely, instrument mode is fun :^)
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Aug 7, 2020
P1xel
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Aug 6, 2020
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Tiny and well built
Man this keyboard is tiny I originally got it to test the ortholinear layout and all things considered I can't stand it. As someone who uses i3wm the ergonomic benefits were quickly diminished when I had to very awkwardly contort my wrists to hit certain shortcuts. Simply put there isn't enough keys on this for my use case. If you're someone who types most of day and doesn't use keyboard shortcuts all that much it would probably be fine for your use case. Going more into the build quality it's fantastic I got the hipro black and it's really nice it all goes together very nicely this board has a very unique mount for the PCB in that the PCB has threaded inserts and the screws go in from the bottom unlike most custom keyboards that either mount the PCB from the top directly into the case or mount directly to the plate if it's an integrated plate style design. The screws going in from the bottom did create issues for me though, while the mount is interesting the screws stick up slightly above the plate and for the majority of keycap profiles it won't cause any issues. I did however find they interfere with Signature Plastic's flat keycaps. I replaced the screws with 1-72 x 1/4 Philips screws and just switch mounted the plate. These screws were low enough to not cause interference. Speaking of the plate it's not for everyone. Plates like most things in mechanical keyboards are very preference based. This specific plate is steel which is a rather uncommon plate material. As far as plate feel goes steel plates are by far some of the most rigid available. This is not a point of contention for me as someone who loves clicky switches I find a nice rigid plate complements clickly switches very well. Not something massive but a thing to note if you have a specific plate preference(s). In the end I re-purposed this board as a macropad to compliment my tokyo60. the key layout simply isn't for me. I ended up mapping the keys on a single layer to a bunch of unused/obscure keycodes and then assigning them to whatever I want in my i3 config. I use it tilted 90 degrees next to my main keyboard it works great.
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This board didn't make much of a keyboard for me but it makes on hell of a macropad. If you're actually interested in an ortholinear keyboard and don't want it split or don't want/need staggered columns then the planck is probably your best bet. It has great build quality and is fully hotswap. It's an interesting board for sure but not for everyone.
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Aug 6, 2020
Jibishot
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Aug 4, 2020
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Wonderful anodization, color, and weight
Tried multiple planck builds and had fun the whole time. Ortholinear wasnt for me as a daily driver, so i turned it into a switch tester and best macropad ive seen.
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Aug 4, 2020
Joshholt
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Jul 30, 2020
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This small keyboard has been my daily driver, it took a bit of time to re-train my muscle memory, but now that I have I’m grateful.
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Jul 30, 2020
MrSuperNonchalant
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Jul 29, 2020
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Excitement followed quickly by disappointment
What a coincidence that it is exactly two months since i placed the order for this. Ordered on 5/29/20 received July 6th. Very quick for drop. I tried out the ortholinear layout a little and set it aside for when life was less busy. Finally last week i brought it to work and it quickly became my favorite keyboard, despite having some irregular key spacing. I love the 40% layout. However, today as i plugged in the board, the USB-C port just falls off. I'm back to using a staggered layout board to type this, and am very sad.
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Jul 29, 2020
jellosalad
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Jul 28, 2020
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Fantastic at first
I used this as my daily driver, never moved it around or traveled. Received it probably 2 months ago. today it was connecting and disconnecting from my computer. I picked it up to look at it. the USB-c that holds the charger fell off/out. I get you get what you pay for. However all of the complicated components work fine. Appears there was a significant lack of effort on the charging port (which of course is the most crucial part for functionality) from the other reviews I read. Now my option is to pay for all inbound and outbound shipping as well as taxes, once again, for them to fix their mistake, really wish there fact that it seems 75% of peoples usb-c's break off was in the product description.
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Jul 28, 2020
Kevin
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Jul 29, 2020
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There are 196 different unique case/switch/keycap combinations of the Planck V6, so while we have extras of certain configurations, it is not feasible to hold back multiple extras of all configurations. In regards to the USB Port, we see there are numerous reports about this and will be talking to the manufacturer about it. On a quick scan of our customer service database, I see fewer than 20 replacement requests associated with a broken USB Port- and I agree this should be fewer than 2. Across the 1000+ units sold, this is a high (needs to be addressed) but non-critical failure rate.
Jul 29, 2020
VanjaSascha
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Jul 30, 2020
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I think people aren’t reporting their broken USB-C ports because it’s been made clear that neither Drop or OLKB is willing to do anything that would actually help. The 196 configurations is a misdirection because this is a problem with the current rev 6 PCB, which should only theoretically come in one variant, the key caps and case colors have nothing to do with the USB-C port not being affixed properly or -really- at all. Ordering an extra 5-10% of stock on items that have had KNOWN problems in previous revisions is industry practice. Across various subreddits and discord servers I have seen way more than twenty people with this issue and after seeing the way my roommate has been treated in this process, I am quite worried about any issues that may arise with the Preonic I have on order. Really sad to see issues of this magnitude being handled so nonchalantly by two of the most well known companies in this hobby. Certainly will not be purchasing another OLKB product again. Would rather give my money to people who are open and communicative with their community and willing to do what needs to be done to make good on their business. I understand that the pandemic is causing a lot of problems, and I hold no one personally or individually responsible; I know that most folks are doing the best they can. That being said, there are plenty of places to buy mechanical keyboard parts and adjacent hobby materials that are shipping fast, honest on their group buy timelines, and willing to replace defective items. This hobby is way too expensive to just leave people stranded like this.
Jul 30, 2020
Window_Dump
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Jul 24, 2020
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Solid construction and a fully-featured PCB!
I've developed an interest in ortho after building an Ortho60 and using it for about a month, before switching to split ergo. After spending some time getting a keymap for 40% keyboards ironed out, I decided to pick one up as an experiment with a full metal case. This is a great price for an aluminum case and PCB, and the build quality on the metal parts is amazing. This was also easy to assemble, just follow the booklet and use the provided tools, no soldering required for MX switches. I went for extra secure with the Gazzew Silent Tactile switches I installed in it, and slapped some shelf liner into the case to further reduce any ping and add a touch more weight. The USB-C port comes out the bottom of the case to make the overall board as low as possible with the MX switches, though I'd still recommend some kind of wrist support with this. I'd recommend you spend some time going over the keymap to make it the way you like. I really like ESDF for arrow keys and mouse keys on other layers, which clashes very harshly with the HJKL-focused default keymap. Luckily this board is one of the driving forces behind QMK, and it supports all of the cool features like the famous built-in speaker and music modes, rotary encoders, and options for up to 2 2u spacebars in the middle. Spend some time deciding how you want the keys positioned, and you can set them up any way you can imagine, and some you can't. There's a few caveats to this board, like most others. Switching to 40% is very demanding, and requires a lot of fiddling with the keymap and relearning where all the keys have moved to. The USB-C port is SMD soldered, so it's possible to be ripped off if you're not careful - you can very carefully apply resin to the port to reinforce it, or use magnetic connector cables if you're worried about it. And of course, there's the non-split ortho layout which can cause RSI if you're not careful. The 40% layout will require a lot of combos to get anything done, and the keys are so close together that if you want them to line up with your fingers, you'll need to bend your wrists to the side (ulnar deviation), which isn't good for you. If you keep your wrists straight, you'll have trouble hitting the innermost keys on the bottom row with your thumbs. I'd suggest using the 2 2u spacebars if you do, and be sure to lube the stabilizers - it supports PCB mount stabilizers, so you can get them nice and quiet. Regardless, this is still a great little toy, and something you can use for typing on the go, as an experimental testbed, or just an ultra-minimalist setup.
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Jul 24, 2020
shangsfanclub
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Jul 20, 2020
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Fast shipping and feels sturdy
Everything feel sturdy and maybe a bit too sturdy even. The mid plate was a little curved and impossible to bend it straight. Once secured, it's all fine, but the middle buttons, where the space is and the mods, vaes in a little and the switches are secured a little crooked, and I can't fix that. Apart from that, everything was cool, I just hope the switches won't bend, because I already bent 2 switch pins trying to straighten it...
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Jul 20, 2020
mechdragon23
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Jul 20, 2020
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Good board to try ortho on
Solid board but the plate is a bit tight. Be careful if you are using switches with pom housings. I broke the stems holding the top housing onto the bottom housing while trying to remove the switches.
Jul 20, 2020
T55555
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Jul 17, 2020
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Very solid and beautiful
I heard that there may be a weak point about USB port, so I use the magnetic USB cable with it; so far so good, no trouble. I also enjoy the power of QMK!
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Jul 17, 2020
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