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Drop DCX Key-Man Keycap Set
Kicking Off With The Classic White-on-Black
While some may say White-on-Black is boring, we call it classic. Starting with White-on-Black lets us really focus on the quality of the keycap and its design, before adding dazzling colors to really make your keyboard pop. Shortly after the release of White-on-Black and its inverse, Black-on-White, we'll have Genesis and a few other colorful releases. Truly Hidden Sprue Marks When plastic products are made with injection molding machines, there’s a tube that the molten plastic needs to go through in order to fill the keycap mold. Once cooled, the plastic product is broken from the runners and there are tiny marks left over on the keycap, these are called sprue marks. Many keycaps have these marks and they’re cleverly hidden on the backside of the keycap where you can’t see it. Despite being out of line of sight, they’re still there. We’ve carefully planned our molds so that these unsightly marks are all located on the underside of the keycap so you won't notice them...
Apr 19, 2022
Drop DCX Key-Man Keycap Set
Amazing specs for DCX
A Popular, Familiar Profile Spherical profile keycaps are very polarizing: you either love how they give your fingertips a little hug, or you hate the corners that assault your fingertips if you press the edge or corner of a keycap. By adding the DCX profile to our family, we now have a more comprehensive offering for keyboard fans. The subtle cylindrical sculpting provides for a relaxed typing experience that is similar to what is found on office keyboards around the globe. Meticulous Details and Design The DCX legends have ruler-straight lines, fully filled interior islands, and nicely squared corners. In addition to ensuring high-quality production processes, we were particularly deliberate with the typeface and layout decisions of every single keycap. Every legend has been meticulously reviewed and purposefully placed so that characters are aligned with one another, scaled appropriately, non-slanted, and properly spaced. The following is a production photo straight from the...
Apr 8, 2022
Drop DCX Key-Man Keycap Set
INTRODUCING DCX PROFILE
In 2017, we embarked on an ambitious new project: to make a brand new set of high precision doubleshot keycap molds with Matt3o's popular MT3 profile. A project that was supposed to be completed in 10 months ended up taking over 2 years. More than a thousand groupbuy participants shifted from eager anticipation, to massive frustration, and finally elation when they received their keycaps. Since then, we’ve made and shipped over 50,000 keycap sets using our doubleshot MT3 toolset and it remains our highest average-rated keycap profile that we’ve ever sold. We learned a crucial lesson from this experience: making high quality doubleshot keycap tools (molds) is extremely difficult and time-consuming. So, when we began a new project to make a whole new set of tools for a new profile, we decided to do it behind closed doors to spare community members from the roller coaster of unexpected delays. We kicked the project off in early 2020 with some ambitious goals: Create a cylindrical...
Apr 6, 2022
Drop Holy Panda X Mechanical Switches
DIVINE TACTILE TYPING
After dozens of rounds of prototypes and release candidates, we sent our most promising version to Quakemz, Invyr, and Mech27 for their feedback. The switches were great, but needed some fine tuning to get them to be just right. So we went back to work with Gateron, making a few minor adjustments to the stem and adding a light amount of lubrication during the production process. Our aim was to strike a balance between allowing tinkerers the ability to customize the switch to their exact specifications and providing a great out-of-the-box experience for most users. Being satisfied with the feel of the final switches, we measured their performance and here’s what we saw: And with that, the Holy Panda X switch was born. The harshness of the original Holy Panda had been replaced with a gently rounded press—the difference is extremely subtle but still noticeable. More obviously, the higher tolerance and lubrication makes for a buttery smooth, non-scratchy feel. And lastly, the...
Feb 27, 2022