Definition: An fully customizable keyboard with unique abilities for layering key-functionality, switchable appearance, an ortho-linear layout, and replaceable parts with a high build quality. You can buy from indie brands, people in garages, and large companies, with both pre-built boards or the kits you see on Drop.
I spend over 40 hours weekly hammering on keyboards, and that's why I'm here figuring out how to make it more pleasant. To be honest, I feel the black hole sucking me in, and I'm about to fill a lot of stockings.
The Physical Components:
1. Bottom case
3. Switch plate
We start off with the bottom case, made of metal and acting as the housing for the keyboard. Just a metal bowl with a hole for the cable.
Into this we place the PCB, printed circuit board, which uses electricity to sense the button presses and run the backlight. This is screwed...
I hope you have all been good and enjoyed some of the Blade Runner photographs coming out of California. If you’re a first time reader this is a weekly thread where I give shoutouts to mechanical keyboard content creators so that you, the reader, can find new and interesting content to follow. With the community on Drop.com, we can do our part to support the creators in the space. Without further ado, here is today’s curation.
This one is cheating a little bit since it isn’t strictly about mechanical keyboards, but it’s an audiophile guide by one of our Drop.com community members, @Evshrug. There’s quite a lot of crossover between mechanical keyboard and audiophile users so including Ev’s guide still makes sense. If you’re looking to understand more about audiophile products and support a fellow community member, check out the...
If you are having problem flashing new batch of Alt
If you are getting "Error: Could not find a valid device port!" while trying to flash the new batch of Alt High Profile on or around Aug 24, 2020.
The fix is to download 1.03 mdloader source code from Github.
Change the Chip ID in line 38 of mdloader_common.c to "0x60060305". Compile and flash.
Thank you to:
The badasses fauxpark and sigprof in the QMK discord for figuring out the problem when it first appeared with the CTRL High Profile.
And thank you to:
Marc Wilkinson (Drop user name: marcw) for compiling a binary version of mdloader that prints the Chip ID when trying to connect to the keyboard. When trying to flash with his binary version, I saw it repeatedly printing 60060305, which I guessed is the new Chip ID.
Here is a working Linux binary I built:
Can someone make a Windows build? I don't know how to "make" for Windows.
Shame on Drop...
A quick crash course on the variety of ways for customization of/updating firmware of any QMK-friendly keyboard
This is intended to be a quick and easy guide for anyone wanting to play around with the variety of ways to configure their QMK-friendly keyboard. Here, I'll go over three methods for doing so, each with increasing customizability: Drop's configurator, QMK's configurator, or entirely "by hand."
Drop's configurator (https://drop.com/mechanical-keyboards/configurator/):
This method is easiest for those who want their firmware already compiled. But, as Apple has already taught us: simplicity in utilization is inversely proportional to customizability. Ask anyone who's installed Gentoo or Arch, surely they will agree.
To do this, you need to download the mdloader (or mdloader_mac) repo from github (see https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader/releases), and go through the user instructions within the github repo to install it. After installing, if your keyboard is connected and in reset (either from the switch on the bottom or DFU mode, which I'm guessing is "device firmware...
Thank you for purchasing your Massdrop ALT Mechanical Keyboard. If you’ve landed here, you probably want to take full advantage of the keyboard’s features, so you’ve come to the right place.
We’ll start with the basics, then we’ll move on to complete custom configuration.
Default Hot Keys
Hold FN + listed keys to activate
Fn + A: LED Pattern Select Previous
Fn + D: LED Pattern Select Next
Fn + W: LED Brightness Increase
Fn + S: LED Brightness Decrease
Fn + Q: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Decrease
Fn + E: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Increase
Fn + Tab: LED Toggle Breathe Effect
Fn + Caps Lock: LED Toggle Scrolling Pattern Direction
Fn + X: LED Toggle On/Off
Fn + Z: LED Toggle Mode (Keys+Edge, Keys Only, Edge Only)
Fn + Page Up: Volume Up
Fn + Page Down: Volume Down
Fn + Delete: Mute
Fn + 1: F1
Fn + 2: F2
Fn + 3: F3
Fn + 4: F4
Fn + 5: F5
Fn + 6: F6
Fn + 7: F7
Fn + 8: F8
Fn + 9: F9
Fn + 0: F10
Fn + - : F11
Fn + =...
Mechanical Keyboards 101 - An Introduction To The Hobby
Let’s tackle the first and most obvious question here: “What’s the deal with these mechanical keyboards, and why in the hell would you pay $100+ for one?!” This simple question is unsurprisingly difficult to answer in many ways. Here's one reason and a thousand words worth:
Hate the way this one looks? I guarantee you I can find one you'll adore somewhere!
Mechanical keyboards are more than just a fancy tech accessory or noisy-disco-show to display on your desk. Mechanical keyboards are a full blown hobby with a huge cult following, years of history containing community DIY projects and group buys, dedicated forums (and silly forum drama), niche’s within the niche (like artisan keycaps), and more recently big brand names investing, collaborating, and directly interacting with the enthusiast community.
Personally, I’ve been heavily involved in the mechanical keyboard community for many years. I run KeyChatter.com - a website dedicated entirely to...
Introducing Drop Signature Series Keyboards : Round 1
Most of us got started in the mechanical keyboard hobby in the same way: we saw a beautiful keyboard and just had to have it. Asking “how do I get that?” always resulted in a convoluted epic quest. We’d need to scour mechmarket, group buys, and an obscure collection of vendor sites to gather components, while taking many months and costing a small fortune, all in pursuit of the “perfect build”.
While we admire this pursuit and feel it’s an integral part of the hobby, at Drop, our goal has always been to expand enthusiast communities. This comes from two approaches: creating innovative products that push the envelope on product development, and making those products increasingly accessible to the community. We’re proud of our previous innovations such as GMK’s first custom keycap colorways, the first scale-produced hotswap sockets, and the gorgeous MT3 profile keycaps. And while we will continue to innovate with interesting products like the 1800-layout SHIFT and gasket-mount...
Magicforce 82 Left Shift, Tab, Crtl and Caps Lock not working?
Has anyone else had this issue before as per post title? All other keys work perfectly fine however these keys have just stopped working out of no-where, other keyboards work fine on my computer so I assume its a defective Keyboard?
Just wondering if there is anything else I could try before I look at getting a new Keyboard and this time hopefully one that lasts more than a year...
Is it normal that the new Switch puller that comes with the Drop CTRL can't pull switches?
I just received my CTRL and so far I love it! The only issue is that I can't seem to be able to pull any switches with the included switch puller. It looks different than the pullers I've seen in reviews of the keyboard. The ends of it are angled outwards and can't seem to grab onto the notches in the switches. No matter how much force I put into the sides, it keeps slipping off.
Is this normal or am I doing it wrong?
I want to ID the caps on my current keyboard :
I got them around late 2015/ early 2016, but don't remember what they're called. I know ther're a PBT material, but that's it.