Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit, V3
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit, V3
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The original Preonic keyboard was praised for its build quality, compact form factor, and intuitive layout—and the new version is no different. However, this time around we're offering the case in your choice of seven styles, including the new transparent acrylic and red colorways Read More
A Mech Keys Favorite, Now Even Better

The original Preonic keyboard was praised for its build quality, compact form factor, and intuitive layout—and the new version is no different. However, this time around we're offering the case in your choice of seven styles, including the new transparent acrylic and red colorways. What's more, this version has a new ARM STM32 processor that provides more power to the PCB and the USB-C connector. Another upgrade? The new Preonic has Kaihua hotswap sockets (which support grid 2x1u, 1x2u, and 2x2u bottom row layouts), so you can swap out your switches whenever you want without even picking up a soldering iron. Plus, If you’re new to keyboard kits, the compact Preonic is a great way to learn about keyboard programming.

Note: This item is in stock and will ship within 1 business day. Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after joining. Cancellations are accepted until that time.

At checkout, you’ll have your choice of case color (acrylic, black, silver, gunmetal, orange, purple, or red) and keycaps. Pricing will vary depending on your selections; see checkout options for more details. You can also add-on one of our custom keycap sets and save $10 off the regular price.

The Theory Behind It

Designed by Jack Humbert at OLKB, the Preonic is made for efficiency. The layout is very similar to the Planck (also by OLKB), but with an additional row for easier access to numbers, function keys, or whatever else you’d like to program. The smaller space bar makes it easier to use your thumbs to access additional layers via the “raise” and “lower” keys. And even with the extra row, the keyboard still maintains a very compact form factor for portability.

Beeps & Boops

Also notable, the PCB is outfitted with a small speaker, which is driven by the MCU. In the default firmware this will make a few different noises—like a short series of beeps on startup, notifications when you put the board into Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode, plus noises when you change the default layout to prevent mishaps when typing quickly. The speaker can be disabled by a keyboard shortcut or by flashing new firmware. This version also allows for expanded functionality with footprints for things like LEDs, DIP switches, power adapter plugs, Qwiic connectors, and more. For more information, check out the QMK documentation and the specs section below.

CNC Case Color Options
Optional Halo Switches

Give your keyboard a tactile feel like never before with the Massdrop Halo Switch Pack. Developed by Jacob Alexander, these custom switches combine the best attributes of quiet and clicky switches, which results in near perfect consistency and smoothness with each keypress. The switches come preloaded and offer an interesting pop during activation—similar to the force curve found in Topres. And because heavy tactile switches have been a huge hit over the years, both the Halo Trues and Clears are nice and heavy. The Halo Clears emulate Cherry MX Clear switches, while the Halo Trues better match the original vision of mechanical Topre switches.

Specs
  • Designed by OLKB
  • Produced by Massdrop
  • Anodized CNC aluminum or acrylic case
  • PBT keycaps
  • ARM STM32 processor
  • Reprogrammable Matias / MX-compatible PCB
  • Matias switch users will have to solder switches onto the PCB as the Kaihua hotswap sockets only fit MX-style switches (Cherry, Kaihua, Gateron, etc.)
  • 304 brushed stainless steel top plate (MX-compatible)
  • Rubber feet
  • Dimensions, assembled: 9.1 x 4.1 x 0.9 in (23.1 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm)

PCB

  • Pre-soldered
  • Pre programmed
  • Standard layout
  • Cherry MX and Matias / ALPS switch footprints
  • LED ready
  • Built-in speaker

PCB Footprints for Extra Capability

  • 9x footprints for WS2812B RGB LEDs (COM-12667): RGB LEDs that glow through the bottom of the case (acrylic cases would be preferred)
  • Footprint for a 4-channel DIP switch (210-4ES): A DIP switch is just 4 little switches combined into one (the Poker has one for settings)
  • Footprint for a 2-pin JST-PH (PRT-09749): This is a power adapter plug for wireless builds (Bluetooth, etc.)
  • Footprint for a 4-pin Qwiic (I2C) JST-SH connector (PRT-14417): Makes it compatible with Sparkfun’s Qwiic system
  • Footprint for a clickable (worked into the matrix) rotary encoder (COM-09117, et al): This will spin and click to allow even more customization
  • Footprint for a 6-pin male/female header (PRT-09015 or PRT-12590, et al): For development and DIY projects
Included (Base Price)
  • CNC aluminum or acrylic case
  • Screws and spacers
  • 4 rubber feet
  • MX-compatible plate
  • Matias / MX-compatible PCB
  • Acute PBT dye-sublimated keycap set (comes with gray, orange, and purple mods)
  • USB cable
Free Returns & Exchanges

US customers may return or exchange this item in new, unused condition within 30 days of delivery.

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Jan 17, 2020 PT.

Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after purchase. Cancellations are accepted until that time, after which the request will be submitted to vendors to deliver the best delivery time to members, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.

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