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Drop + OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX Kit V3
$150

Drop + OLKB Preonic Keyboard MX Kit V3

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My absolute favorite
Easily my favorite keyboard form factor of all time. It has everything I need and nothing I don't use (and layers for things I want but don't use often). It's small enough to slip into my carry-on bag for work trips, or just in my backpack for when I'm going to chill at a coffee shop. Construction-wise, the Preonic Rev. 3 is built like a tank. Make sure you save the tiny pamphlet in the box, it has the assembly instructions. Personally, I go for the ultra-secure plate method. This uses the provided bolts and spacers to make the plate firm within the case. The plate is a hefty stainless steel plate with a tight tolerance. It will take some force to push the switches in. BE WARNED! The hotswap brackets for the switches can come off if you push too hard. I have made 4 of these model and have never had the issue, but it has been known to happen. The recommended method is to put a few switches in the plate, then line them up with the PCB, then place the remaining switches in place by putting your finger on the back of the PCB to hold the black hotswap in place while you use medium force to push the switch into the plate. This reduces the risk of popping off a hotswap. The board is programmed with QMK, but make sure when flashing it that you use the Rev 3 firmware. Rev 2 used a different micro controller and the firmware and layouts aren't compatible. I would love to do a write-up on QMK, but it's a bit complicated to set up and there are a million different things you can do with it. If you have questions, you can always ask on the OLKB subreddit (reddit/r/OLKB). Search first! Your question has probably already been asked and answered, but if you're really not sure just make a new post. People will usually help, but it's not super active so it may take a day or two to get a response. Included is a picture of my collection, which is just about a year old. I have quite a few more now...
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This is my first orhtolinear, and three days in I'm really liking it. I'm still in the process of figuring out where I want keys to be, and am _really_ liking the MOD_T setup (i.e. left-shift on hold, enter on tap, etc). From what I can see, it looks like there is a little solder on the USB-C connector, though that piece still makes me a little nervous. I got a magnetic cable set ( https://amzn.to/2Eup4dR ) so there isn't any strain on the connector. Since I pack this from work to home and back, it's great for the convenience factor alone.
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Do I need to assemble this myself?
Yes, but no soldering required to get a basic keyboard with switches.
LED ready--meaning LEDs need to be soldered to the board (yes/no)?
The board comes with presoldered addressable LEDs around the edge of the board, other than that there is a cutout under each switch where you could put LEDs but there is nothing else other than the hole. If you wanted per switch LEDs you'd have to wire them separately.
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fiend
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Oct 27, 2022
Any information on when there will be a restock on the orange case?
e.l.b
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Oct 18, 2022
I just got a Rev 3 (Oct 2022). I've been using an older rev (probably 2018 or so? it's USB mini) for years. One of the reasons I got the rev 3 is for the USB C port, so that I could use a C-to-C cable to my USB C laptop. However, when I use a C-to-C cable, the keyboard does not enumerate. If I use a C-to-A cable into a hub, it enumerates fine. The cable I am using is a 10 Gbps 60 W cable, and it works for other devices. I'm using qmk 89dbc18161 (Oct 18 pull), but the firmware straight from Drop had the same behavior. Any ideas how to address this? I would really like to use the straight C to C cable, as my laptop has no A port.
e.l.b
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Oct 30, 2022
e.l.bI was able to find a different C-to-C cable that does work; I don't know what is different. Both cables work fine with other USB C devices (disks, Infinity Ergodox, etc.), but one of them does not work with the Preonic.
Miszy095
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Oct 12, 2022
is there a way do make it Wireless? for 150 i get everything do build it except the Switches/Keycaps but i can order them aswell what i have seen right? what about Import Tax that i have do Pay ontop to Germany?
jgre98
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May 26, 2022
Why did this randomly increase in price?
Fiveshooter
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Aug 21, 2022
jgre98It goes on and off sale like many items here. The current price of $120 is $30 less than regular price. I bought one from this sale and very happy I did. I had it on my mind for $150 and grabbed one as soon as I saw the $120 price. If you want one, now is probably a good time to buy. I doubt it will go much if any lower. I may get another one myself if they do. I find it helpful to check out the sales items weekly. I've managed to check a few items off my list at substantial savings this way. There is often a long wait on restock once these sell out.
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Would low profile switches work with this PCB?
I was thinking like Kailh Low Profile Choc switches!
shadyinc
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Aug 18, 2022
cassidoodledooI highly doubt so. :-/
Green3804
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May 12, 2022
I have purchased this kit within the past month however the PCB has recently stopped working. I'm relatively new to this hobby so I'm unsure of what the issue may be. Sometimes when I plug the PCB in the LEDs will momentarily flash green and this area of the board will immediately heat up (unsure if that's an issue with this or just how it's supposed to work). Anyone aware of what my issue may be and any ways to fix it?
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urwis123
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Apr 6, 2022
How often are these restocked? I would like to purchase a black case but it is out of stock at the moment.
urwis123It's back!
wbeirigo
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Apr 6, 2022
Al I need to use this product is "DROP + OLKB PREONIC KEYBOARD MX KIT V3" plus Keycap set?
wbeirigo
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Apr 6, 2022
Thanks! Then I need buy "DROP + OLKB PREONIC KEYBOARD MX KIT V3" plus "Keycap set" plus "Swtiches". With this set I will have a functional keyboard.
filefish
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Apr 6, 2022
wbeirigoYes! It looks like the kit includes stabilizers, which would be the only other thing you'd need.
smshark
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Feb 7, 2022
Will there ever be a way to purchase just the PCB for this? I know many have had long-term issues with the PCB and would probably like to have a backup option
prodsoul
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Jan 28, 2022
Was anyone able to fit foam into their preonic? I always can't screw the screws on the left side cause I think it's too thick :(
dougieml
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Mar 8, 2022
prodsoulI fit foam from stupidfish just fine into mine. Are you short on clearance between PCB and plate?
BlooKazoo
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Mar 31, 2022
prodsoulI had to do a little trimming and adjusting but I was able to fit foam fine. As Tommy mentioned though they are common screws you can just get slightly longer ones from amazon or a hardware store (though hardware stores have less length options than online). I had to do this to foam my planck. And if you have any issues with your keycaps hitting the top of the screws just file the corners of the keycaps near the screws a little and you'll be good.
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