Tada68 Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard
Tada68 Aluminum Mechanical Keyboard
bookmark_border
Where's the price?
To negotiate the best possible price for our customers, we agree to hide prices prior to logging in.
147 Sold
Product Description
Have it your way with the Tada68: a custom mechanical keyboard with 68 keys and your choice of virtually everything else. The layout is compact, though it still has the crucial arrow keys and function keys on the right side Read More
Here's what our community has to say
All of our reviews are from verified customers.
4.2
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
59
search
dylanmc
91
Nov 11, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Solid keyboard, customizable once you figure out firmware
I got this keyboard "for those times" when you have to type on someone's machine, or some device, that doesn't allow you to software-remap to Dvorak. It took me a while to figure out how to work the configurator (https://config.qmk.fm/#/tada68/LAYOUT_ansi), and then how to create "sticky layers" to go between Dvorak and QWERTY layouts, but once I got that sorted, this became my "dream travel keyboard" - nice to type on, and guaranteed comfortable layout. As with any keyboard of the flashable firmware ilk, I recommend having a firmware image handy for reflashing in case it stops acting like a keyboard (which happened to my daily driver: an Ergodox Infinity - reflashing worked a treat.)
check
Would recommend to a friend.
Nov 11, 2019
T0L0Y
26
Aug 16, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Average
The drop is standard, nothing out of the ordinary. Glad the aluminum case was included as an option. Chose Gateron browns (mistake) so I replaced them with Kailh Cream switches (lubed with Kryotox 205). Sings like butter on leather now. Soldering on the board wasn't great by the way. Only issue I had was with my "w" key. Its profile is Row 3 for some reason:
search

(Edited)
Aug 16, 2019
chjypark
0
Aug 3, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
제품은 괜찮은것 같지만 완성도는 떨어지네요
check
Would recommend to a friend.
Aug 3, 2019
theyseemetr0llin
1
Jul 20, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Trash.
Lasted a month. Now the PC doesn’t recognize it when I plug it in. Thanks guys.
close
Would not recommend to a friend.
Jul 20, 2019
PowerPCME
8
Apr 6, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Having been using it for about a day now, This is a fantastic keyboard. The layout is perfect, I slipped right in to being able to type on this, no key in a weird spot. Rarely do I miss type more then I usually do as well which I consider a massive plus. The layout editor while sketchy seeming is quite nice, Easy to use and it's nice to be able to edit the layout how you'd like, especially the FN layer. The backlight is great with its several lighting modes, Nothing really negative I can say about that. The construction seem great, Good and steady, but that leads me to my first point of negativity towards the QC on this board. The USB port is not good. I've be experiencing disconnecting if I move the cable a certain way, which i'm chalking up to a bad cable since I've tried another cable and it seems to be fine. Overall solid keyboard beside the jank-tastic cable!
Apr 6, 2019
hypersprite
127
Jan 11, 2019
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
I love my Pok3rs but this kb is a step above for the following reasons:
  1. Solid. The case is solid, it feels like a brick. This kb easily weighs twice what a Pok3r weighs. I would not use it as my portable kb. The stabilizers also seem more uniform and the spacebar does not chatter like the Pok3r.
  2. Style. The case has high profile sides and the backing plate has a satin stainless sheen to it that gives it a finished look.
  3. Using the QMK software I was able to configure it without much hassle (although I did use my Windows box instead of my Mac for simplicity sake). The big win over the Pok3r is that if I get another kb, I can just load up my settings and go. See this https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/tada68
I programmed the right side 4 buttons for the lighting and left the arrows even though I'll probably never use them. I can't speak to the keycaps, I never used them. All that said, this was $60 more than my Pok3r RBG and $75 more than my Pok3r (no lighting), although I then went out and got new cases for them, so the spend ends up the same or more so consider that when purchasing as well. EDIT: Given that the Alt high profile is now available at a higher price, but with RGB, USB-C etc. for a slightly higher price, the Tada68 may be a tougher decision. I'll admit, I have an Alt on the way... I've been using this as my office KB with o-rings on the keycaps (brown switches), it is quieter than my coworkers on their 2018 MB Pros and whatnot, probably due to the weight, but I feel like they're going to blame me for not working as hard as them. /EDIT
(Edited)
Jan 11, 2019
juampe
0
Nov 16, 2018
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
It's a beauty and it feels amazing. The only thing that should be better is the way to reprogram the keys. A small program that changes the config and saves the file without the need to go to a web and download a file and then copying it to the keyboard. That feels lazy.
Nov 16, 2018
twaddington
10
Nov 6, 2018
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Really nice keyboard! Unfortunately, like others have said, the soldering job is pretty shoddy. I would never have noticed but the "R" key mysteriously repeats randomly when depressed. So instead of a single "R" I get "RR" and end up sounding like a pirate. I'm going to try resoldering that switch to see if that solves the problem. I did pull the board and took some photos. There are solder flakes all over that could lead to shorts or other reliability issues. If I wanted a poor soldering job I would have bought a kit and done it myself ;)
search

Nov 6, 2018
Krasztest
209
Nov 16, 2018
bookmark_border
Nov 16, 2018
Lockhart
33
Nov 17, 2018
bookmark_border
This is so unacceptable. I had the same kinds of issues and I'm returning mine.
Nov 17, 2018
jigglybuff
5
Nov 3, 2018
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
After an almost three month delay in delivery time, I wasn't going to leave a bad review because I know how drops sometimes delay like this. But when I plug the board in, one of the keys won't activate unless I press all the way down. Took the board apart and saw that the soldering job is absolutely terrible. One of the leads of a switch is missing, and the manufacturer didn't bother to solder a good switch on. Instead, they just left it like this.
search
Had to fill the hole with solder so that the plate and the switch can make contact. I'm fine with the absolutely terrible delivery time, but the quality of the product is absolutely disappointing.
Nov 3, 2018
Lockhart
33
Oct 29, 2018
bookmark_border
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
star_borderstar
Update number 2: Returning both boards I bought and just buying the kit from kbdfans to solder myself. What a joke, glad I waited half a year trying to save myself a few bucks just to end up buying it full price anyway. Update: Keyboard is not fine. Took apart to put in preferred switches and the soldering on it was so bad, one of the tab key connectors just isn't there on the pcb. Keyboard is fine. Massdrop customer service is the absolute worst. I paid for this keyboard in May, expected it in August, and just now received it at the end of October. Drop was delayed by 2 entire months with absolutely no communication publicly, and very vague responses through email support tickets. Massdrop needs to do a better job of communicating with their suppliers and then also to their customers, there is absolutely no situation where it's acceptable to have that long of a delay and no idea of when the product will actually ship.
Oct 29, 2018
Showing 12 of 61
keyboard_arrow_up
Newest
61 OF 61 POSTS
Jan 21, 2020
keyboard_arrow_down
Oldest