It’s a KPRepublic product, but I was arguing in this post and one prior that Drop should make their own as the next item after the SHIFT ships. More of those thoughts are on the prior post, will add to this one some more on the software side of this numpad. The gk21s is a nice product in many regards, but suffers from the kinds of awkward implementations in firmware/programmability that boards like my IKBC do because they are too niche to pack all the features without an insane price. I think Drop could do a better job creating a platform agnostic numpad/macro pad that would compliment ALT and CTRL users, maybe even SHIFT users as anyone who uses theirs southpaw would have an option.
Drop routinely posts little macropods but rarely are they also competent numpads an accountant or excel user could get behind. Most numpads fall in two camps, the cheap crap for bookkeepers and accountants, or over the top gamer-y stuff like the ROG claymore thing.
Back to the GK21-s- it’s the first wireless, metal frame numpad I have seen anywhere. It’s proprietary reprogramming software is simultaneously more and less than what I expected. More in terms of bells and whistles, very complicated. Less in terms of it seemingly not working (have to rule out user error first to confirm) and less in terms of documentation.
I’ve seen this with some Chinese made peripherals (kickstarted Delux designer and vertical mouse) that got the hardware right enough for their price, but dropped the ball on software- they made configuration tools that are the UI for configuring, but seem to be non-functional decorations. They don’t actually do anything and thus the manufacturer is either gaslighting the end user to move product, simply don’t know that their product only works in very narrow use cases, or are kicking the can down the road with features that are “coming soon,” probably indefinitely.
The fact that this thing works via BT 4 wirelessly despite an aluminum case makes me reconsider the assumption that wireless and metal frames are mutually exclusive and wonder if Drop has considered BT variants on their boards. Would be a nice addition to at least the high profile variants that might have more case space. Though opening up the gk21s revealed a tiny battery and wonder if BT wouldn’t work on the floating keys version also despite less space.