Drop SHIFT Mechanical Keyboard
Apr 23, 201912669 views

Introducing the SHIFT Mechanical Keyboard

The final prototypes have been approved—and they look downright dapper, if we may say so ourselves. Made with a sleek aluminum case, the Drop SHIFT mechanical keyboard allows you to customize the backlighting, layout, and feel. With dye-subbed PBT keycaps and your choice of switches, it’s ready for anything, whether you use it for gaming, programming, or cranking out emails. We hope you’re as delighted with it as we are!
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i hope the pcb doesnt double tap like it does on the ctrl. really liked the ctrl but the double tapping was insanely annoying
Honestly, if this exact keyboard had a standard looking layout, I wouldnt hesitate a second. Its the perfect keyboard, I love all the features: aluminum case, detachable USB-C cable, mechanical switches, RGB. Only the layout is keeping me from buying it. Ive been looking for a 100% layout keyboard with a metal case and mechanical switches for a long time
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detachable cable is a must for me, since i like taking the keyboard on my sofa and the constant cable movement wrecks the cables faster than hulk does black widow
I’ve said the same thing. I don’t think they could keep a normal keyboard stocked if they made it with these features.
The space between the Function keys and the keys below seems overly large as the right side has been compressed to save space. It sort of looks like the right has been squashed but not the top. I do like the different greys though.
I’ll wait to see if Massdrop releases a keyboard with a standard layout with removable switches. I’ve been wanting one of those since before Massdrop was a thing. However I want a standard full sized keyboard that is silver or white, not the mini’s we’ve been seeing. With legs on the back to make it into higher profile if need be. Also any good keyboard needs a wrist rest preferably attachable which prevents it from moving. Anyone who games or uses a keyboard at a commercial, or professional gaming level knows this. Especially after they’ve been to the hospital for wrist damage. To me build quality is everything. RGB lighting is just a nice addition. I’ve been using Corsair for a long time largely because of the build quality, wrist rest and anti ghosting. If Massdrop can produce a keyboard with modular switches with these features I will be happy to change over but until then it just isn’t enough. The wrist rest and regular layout is a make or break for me.
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If I went for an upgrade to my 58X, i'd shoot for a pair of the high-end HiFiMan Planar Magnetics, or a pair of ebony or purpleheart Fostex collabs, all of which are offered here from time to time. It's just a pretty big hike in price over my current ones, and while I'm getting a lot more engaged in the audiophile world I don't really consider myself at a level of enthusiast to justify dropping that kind of money when i already bought so much audio gear from Drop in the past year alone. Of course I say this now and probably will do it anyway. Meh :P
My biggest thing is I'm a sucker for sound stage. I wish Drop would develop a high end headphone based on this.
It’s that yummy ugly , loved the ctrl excited to get this under my hands
Oh boy do I love this design that requires you to be skinnier than a Silicon Valley Instagram developer to be able to use it without your wrists being bent nearly in half. Are you guys using an Autodesk Eagle free license and can't make a wider board due to size restrictions?
Can you just give us the ALT high profile back? This profile looks hideous.
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Cool. Can I sell you my vanilla ALT once I pick up the high profile ALT?
Why don’t they ever make full-size versions of these keyboards? This is the first one they offered with a number pad but the entire right side looks like when you run out of room on an envelope. I almost joined but I’m still holding out hope they decide to make one full-size, otherwise I’ll probably look at a Ducky One2 or something.
Ugly is the new sexy and I love it. Can't wait to get my hands on one. Seriously, that's top notch.
Interested in a high profile version, so I'm going to hold out.
Love it
I have looked at this repeatedly and cannot get over the poor design and spacing choice. I prefer the alt high profile board design and may be extend that to a 75% layout with Fn row and try not to add so much space every where.. I might as well get a regular full size board for so much space every where.. disappointed! Poor layout and looking bad! MD can do better for sure!
Uncomfortable layout
ugliest i have seen. lol
Yeah, the 10-key pad is must have for me, but I'm not in love with the cramped 1800 layout. Would still like to see a real full-size version. Call it the WIN. And yes, a Mac-compatible version please.
Mac version?
They really don't want your money. I keep ordering cap sets from other places and make a mac version myself.
A fellow man of culture.
Hehe that pic needs to be less blurry. Maybe my browser sucks.
Your browser sucks.
Im conflicted. Its a drop keyboard with a number pad, but the layout is hideous imo. >.<
Looks like there should be enough space on there for the mythical second row of function keys. Then again, I'm not familiar with the 1800 layout yet.
Honestly, bring back the 70s and 80s with their weird layouts.