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Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6
$100

Drop + OLKB Planck Mechanical Keyboard Kit V6

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$100
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rubisco
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Jan 19, 2022
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Easy to put together for beginners like me
I'd like to preface this review with the kinda hit or miss Rev6 in particular. Great product but MANY rev3 preonic, rev6 planck batches seem to have some manufacturing issue where the pcb dies after a while. Watch out! That said, Drop customer support has been professional and replaced my first defective pcb thankfully. Be prepared for delays in shipping though depending on the time of year so plan accordingly. I was afraid to jump onto Planck since I've never put together keyboards before. I am new to mechanical keyboard in general (literally never heard there was such a community until 2 months ago) and I also do not have any background in programming or electronics. However, the community did a great job streamlining both the process of putting together the planck and reprogramming it with QMK. Respectable cost for how powerful customizable keyboard we are getting. I chose Kailh BOX pink switches (silent, linear, no lubing needed) for the most stress free, quiet and efficient solution. I also wish to learn Steno some day using this Planck!
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Mycoffeepot
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Jan 16, 2022
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Nice design but no way to split or tent
The keyboard looks and feels great but since the base, pcb, and top panel are single piece construction, this keyboard cannot be split and there is no way to angle the left and right side either. This puts wrists at some pretty impossible angles. I have pain when using this keyboard for more than five minutes. I cannot recommend. I understand that some people can type on keyboards like this but at this price point you should have the ability to split and tent.
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aburd
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Jan 16, 2022
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First Ortholinear and I don't think I'll be able to go back to anything else
This product is bar none the best keyboard I've ever bought. I've made about 4 mechs, and I was just testing the waters buying this. I fully expected to go back to using an ordinary keyboard within a few months, but this is by far the best experience I've ever had with a mech.
  1. Ortholinear layout forced me to learn how to type properly (it's a personal problem, but it helped me and hopefully can help others with perhaps some bad habits :} )
  2. The limited amount of keys forced me to think about what keys I used the most and make the keyboard layout work for me, not the other way around.
  3. There's a GUI for customizing your layout for when you're first starting out, and QMK firmware creator for when you grow out of it and need more control
Fair warning, there is a bit of a learning curve. You're not going to be more productive right away. But personally, now that I'm well acquainted with the layout, surrounding software, etc. I feel much more productive with less effort from my hands.
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byungyoonc
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Jan 9, 2022
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First ortholinear, love it
Now I cannot go back to staggered! Luckily no faulty PCB, have been using this as my daily driver and reduced hand movement required for typing numbers and symbols and such helps me a lot. Carrying case is great too. I used it to carry my Planck from and to the work, with great success.
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cgarret3
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Jan 8, 2022
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Love it - Mid-profile, rev 6 + Drop
I've bought a few OEM mech keyboards through the years but hadn't bought any kits or any fully custom before. Building it was fun and I love the simplicity and quality. I first used the website configurator to change around my layers, which was great, but I wanted to add a volume dial where the escape key is and unfortunately I wasn't able to on the website, which means I did have to download the firmware creator. The instructions are easy to follow and the code is very readable and well commented, so if you're at least a little familiar with programming you shouldn't have any trouble. They already had code for the rotary encoder, too, so I just had to change a few words to get the functionality I wanted. My suggestion would be to modify the board a little further. I cut some small ~0.5"x1.5" neoprene foam pads that I placed between the aluminum case and the underside of the PCB and the sound improved dramatically! I was very surprised how much of a difference it made. It makes me want to try some more modifications. One thing I am trying to find yet is a small mousepad-like mat that fits the board's size. Solid 5/5.
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Solid Ortholinear
I own several Planck builds. I picked this up for the USB-C connector and hotswap capabilities. Rotary encoder support is also a plus!
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dabeans
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Jan 7, 2022
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Changed My Life!
The Planck is my first 40% and my first ortholinear. After a lifetime of laptop keyboards, unsatisfying mech hand-me-downs, and poor typing skills I decided to dive headfirst into the Planck world and it has been a delight. I've had the Planck for almost 1.5 years now and felt compelled to share how much I love it.
  • Build was fun (and easy)
  • Started with gateron red switches thinking they would be the most natural for me coming from macbooks but realized pretty quickly that I prefer a heavier switch so tried Drop's "Holy Panda's" and they are a joy to type on. I must admit I have yet to lube the Pandas but they still feel great so maybe I'll keep putting that off for a rainy day. I did put o-ring dampeners on the keys and that did make the sound and feel more pleasant.
  • In the spirit of using layers I populated the board with blank XDA keycaps and I love the feel and aesthetic.
  • Got used to typing ortholinear really quickly and am better at typing now than I have ever been in my life.
  • I guess I wish the silver plate was black to match my black case but I guess that's a matter of taste. I could always paint it.
  • One issue I had was some of the switch sockets were not super tight which led a couple keys to not make proper contact but all I had to do was slightly nudge the alignment of the contact on the switch and all work great now. Nearly 1.5 years later and I have had no recidivists.
  • Editing the key layout wasn't too difficult.
  • I love having the built in speaker and music mode although I couldn't figure out how to set up the "polyphonic" mode I saw in this video (https://youtu.be/pG83krAsXO8?t=29). If anyone out there knows an easy way to access this mode let me know, I'm not the most tech savy.
Anyway all things considered this board is amazing and the only real downside is that it has made me an ortho snob in a staggered world. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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rhythms1926
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Dec 31, 2021
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It's great BUT...
I've almost deviated from anything 60% onwards ever since I dabbled with Preonic and Planck. Would say this is already my 5th Ortholinear, and more to come. The only frustration I had was during the build, and this is already my 2nd encounter - The screws and nuts provided had poor ductility, one of the screws is broken and currently stuck in the PCB, the nuts provided get easily deformed when you try to tighten it and get stuck in the socket spanner provided. Would like Drop to look into this and provide more spares and improve on the quality of the screws and nuts. Overall, speaking about the keyboard and typing experience, I'd still recommend this to anyone.
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Love it
This is an amazing keyboard. Works easily with QMK, plug and play with the hot swap, I haven't had any problems with the sockets upon multiple assemblies of it. I put in a rotary encoder, which worked easily enough. I highly recommend it.
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rbraile
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Dec 30, 2021
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I bought a rev 6 Planck, but after a few hours of use, it stopped working. Excellent drop support, but couldn't enjoy using keyboard
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LotusMercury
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Dec 31, 2021
Get a refund immediately, do not expect them to send you a new one, you will only spend on shipping and it will die the same. wait for the v7 version, Buy the preonic or better NEVER BUY IN DROP I spent 180 on this and I can't get a refund for being from another country
rbraile
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Jan 2, 2022
I'm from Spain and I asked for a full refound, and they gave it to me, but the taxes didn't. But it could have been worse
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