Drop + OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX Kit V3
Drop + OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX 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 CNC-aluminum case in your choice of five colors, including the striking new purple colorway Read More
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ajma
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Jan 25, 2021
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Great ortho board kit
For those starting off with ortho, this is a great way to try out and see if you can used it to. Make sure you spend a bunch of time playing around with the layer layout to find something fits you well. Also, keep in mind that the theory behind these smaller ortho boards is that you use layers to give you keys you want rather than having to move your hands around a wide keyboard to find the key you want. Make the keys come to your hand (using a layer) rather than making you hand go to the key.
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creature99
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Jan 24, 2021
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First Ortho
Initial Impressions are great got some new switches coming to replace and increase the typing experience since my current ones are a little light. Will update once I have them installed.
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Thisisntbic
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Jan 23, 2021
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It looks good in pictures?
Intended use - Small footprint, travel keyboard for work. tl;dr - I despise this more than using the actual laptop keyboard. Pros - The case is solid, nice, and I really like the color. Cons - Horrendous wrist strain, unless I attempt to type with completely outstretched arms (defeats the purpose).
  • Perhaps this was built by/for very small framed people. If you have a moderate sized chest and above, stay away (D1 hooker, for reference)
- The keycaps do not align on the z-axis. I have swapped switches, caps, etc. it doesn't matter. It looks like someone randomly mashed some keys in and they stuck halfway. - Mediocre RGB (maybe acrylic case helps the janky lights show through). Cut this junk off the board and drop the price. This is garbage. Conclusion: Like most things presented on this site for the past couple years: it looks premium, costs premium, and is mediocre at best internally.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
SteakBody
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Jan 22, 2021
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Very nice!
This was my first build and was super easy (except for the odd bent switch here or there), but everything looks and feels nice despite this being my first shot at ortho. It may have a bit of a learning curve and take some reconfiguration but well worth it!
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turboniumalt
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Jan 22, 2021
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very good keyboard
very good. feel nice to type on. 5/5.
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sipp11
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Jan 20, 2021
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The beginning of the ortho's world
TL;DR After getting used to this, I'm convinced that I could do Plank. I used to be a big believer in the staggered layout since I thought my touch-typing could not adjust to anything else, but that was wrong. Although I would not say that ortho is better, I kinda dig this a bit more with all raise, lower layers which add some challenges at first. Once it clicks, I could tell y'all that it's more fun to type, and nowadays I find the top row is too far for my fat lazy finger to move to. 4-row is pretty much all you need for anything. The top row is just an extra or a piece of mind for people like the old me. Oh, I code for a living and I type Thai (~40 alphabets, and who remembers how many extra characters we have lol) on this too. Believe me, it can be done w/o sacrificing any productivity. This is my first ortho set (I'm sure it is not the last XD), so I could not tell anything much besides my thought on the layout. I guess if I could change something about the Preonic, I would have had an angled version probably 5-6 degrees. (Right now I have rubber feet underneath for that)
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TheStuntMan
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Jan 20, 2021
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A bit of a learning curve, but so far so good and my favorite keeb!
I am really digging this keyboard. It was fun to build (took me about the same amount of time as a moderate lego set....maybe 35 minutes or so.). QMK made it easy to customize, the case is SOLID, and the case it came with is plush. It's taken me a bit to get used to the 10key style of typing but it's starting to make my regular keebs seem like a hassle. Still lots of ping because there's no foam, drop should include some next time ; )
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okev
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Jan 20, 2021
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It took a couple of weeks and a lot of typos, but I'm slowly starting to get better on an ortho. No regrets making the switch to orthos. Also, considering this was my first time building a keyboard, it was pretty simple. Got a switch stuck in the plate though when I didn't align it properly. It was a bit tight and I ended up breaking the switch.
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Camogod
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Jan 17, 2021
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Great Ergonomic keyboard without any compromise
While the Preonic layout may make you a bit frightened this layout delivers all the function of a normal 60% keyboard without losing anything in the process. The layer functions allow for so many possibilities and the built in functions are extremely useful. Want to swap to Dvorak? You can easily! The only thing that slows you down at first is the the different layout, but in about 1-2 weeks you are just about back to normal typing speed. I like this keyboard layout so much that this is my SECOND one I own. I own a rev2(my former daily driver) and a rev3(my new daily driver) If you’ve been wanting to go for an ortholinear keyboard this is the one you should go for.
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hpox
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Jan 14, 2021
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First build - great experience - love the layout - super high quality
Got the kit with orange case for 110$, Acute keycaps for 30$ and Cherry MX Clear switches for 60$. Wow that's very very expensive for a keyboard but I figured that I would be happier in the long run with this than a used Anne Pro II from Kijiji. Assembly Since this is my first build, first ortho and first mechanical keyboard, I was very careful but it went well except that I bent the pins on two of the switches and figured it out only after I had finished putting on the keycaps. My mistake for not testing at the right moment! I was able to pull out the keys and switches by using the "ears" of a binder clip, swap the switches with leftovers and then everything was working fine. The instructions were OK but not great. I went with the loose plate method based on online reviews. There were no instructions for the default placement of the Acute keycaps, so I had to look at screenshots to get it right. I understand we are supposed to customize it but since it is my first keyboard of the sort I just wanted to go with the default. Build quality and look The aluminum case is very heavy and high quality which is something I appreciate at that price point. The whole thing screams premium. The color is great. The USB cable is pretty too: It is alu-silver which match well with alu-orange. I don't care for the RGB lighting so I have it turned off. I don't think it looks good. There are only lights around the keyboard and not on each individual key. Layout It is more natural to do touch typing with the correct fingers on this layout. For example, the letter 'c' was hard to hit with my middle finger on a staggered keyboard, but on ortholinear it is easy. You do have to learn the layer system to access all keys. Since I type in English, French and I code, I do need the accentuated and special characters. This is not easy to get used to! Configuration QMK was simple and fun to configure using the online tool. Conclusion I decided to commit to the ortholinear layout and since I like the Preonic so much, I bought two other kits: one with the frosted acrylic base and another one without a case which I intend to mount inside a nice piece of leftover exotic wood I have laying around!
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