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DROP Budget Keyboard

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I think it would be great to see a DROP-made keyboard designed from the ground up to be budget friendly and relatively compromise free. There are a lot of cheap keyboards out there but they always have strange quirks or software and come from questionable brands. Would any of you guys like to see DROP make a budget oriented keyboard in the $30-$50 price range? (Not bare-bones)
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infinitymdm
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May 8, 2019
The problem is that there's already a lot of competition in this space. Since Massdrop (er... Drop, I guess) isn't really that big of a company, they probably don't have the marketing capabilities to compete with other brands. And yes, most keyboards under $60 or so have odd quirks, but what did you expect for that price? You aren't going to find a full-featured board with decent software at that price point. At this price, here's what I recommend to my friends: https://drop.com/buy/magicforce-68-key-mini-mechanical-keyboard Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E8KO2B0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_kYJ0CbW8VFZH1
rowie
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May 6, 2019
To have a Drop brand budget keyboard doesn’t sound appealing to me. I think if the Drop brand should improve on their stabilizers as an example (also a better configurator) before taking another endeavor like making budget keyboards. I’ve bought k-type, alt laser, and soon High profile Pulse ctrl keyboard due to arrive to me, and so far all of them (except the one due to arrive) have horrible rattling stabilizers. I think improvements in the current lines should be a first priority because right now I don’t feel like buying anymore keyboards with Drop. Oh and I’m also waiting for the Rocketeer 60 percent board sold back last year and I’m afraid of what the stabilizers will be like. It’s hard for me justifying spending more on their keyboards with crappy stabilizers, and now with a funky layout like the Shift.
Just buy a GMMK if you want a budget friendly keyboard that will give you what CTRL/ALT/SHIFT give you.
ThatChris
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May 3, 2019
While those keyboards are nice, you’re up selling. I already have a nice keyboard for my main setup. I have a lot of friends who need a good budget keyboard.
KM1337
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May 2, 2019
I would be curious to see how much they could Drop the prices on CTRL and ALT by simply replacing the case with a plastic one and either removing the side mounted RGB's all together or limiting them to just 2 side bars instead going all the way around... and maybe removing one of the USB-C's. I wouldn't want them to cut many corners on the PCB or USB interface though...
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ThatChris
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May 2, 2019
They have plenty of knowledge in the keyboard world, which is why I see no better candidate to make a budget keyboard. Chinese switches isn’t an issue to me in that price range, but I would like to see a decently sized selection.