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Drop’s new mechanical keyboards value as much as $ 500

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Enlarge / Drop’s Moon Shot keyboard uses tall keycaps with an SA profile. The Drop (formerly Massdrop) brand for high-end mechanical keyboards and PC peripherals today presented their next line of pre-engineered mechanical keyboards. The brand added three different series options, with the highest quality, Paragon, costing a whopping $ 500 apiece.

In addition to making its own products, Drop has a shop where keyboard fanatics can get everything from mechanical keyboard switches to unique and artisanal keycaps, stabilizers, and even fancy, detachable cables. The keyboards released today are designed to make it easier for people who don’t want to build their own clacker to get an enthusiast-level option without having to deal with group purchases that take many months to actually get their hands on a product.

Drops $ 500 Paragon Keyboards

Drop announced two Paragon series keyboards, both built on the same frame used in Drop’s CNC-machined, anodized aluminum old high-profile keyboard.

The Moon Shot design pays homage to the heavenly beauty with its baby blue and white details and the doubleshot ABS keycaps, which are marked with NASA-compliant terms such as “Rover”, “Orbit” and “Godspeed”.

Drop the Paragon Series Moon Shot keyboard.Enlarge / Paragon Series Drop Moon Shot Keyboard. The keycaps are SA profile, a more classic form factor that tends to be expensive (this set costs $ 190 alone), larger, and spherical.

The Shogun, on the other hand, is fit for a samurai with red and gold doubleshot ABS keycaps with Japanese inscriptions, clouds and probably durability thanks to a thickness of 1.5 mm.Drop the Paragon series Shogun keyboard.Enlarge / Drop the Paragon series Shogun keyboard.

Drop’s Paragon keyboards differ from the other keyboards announced today in that they promise an improved sound profile through mufflers placed between the keyboard housings and the printed circuit board (PCB).

Both keyboards use Drop + Invyr Holy Panda mechanical switches. These are hybrid switches that combine the stems from Halo Clears (also known as Halo Trues) with the stems from Invyr Pandas for an incredibly tactile feel. The switches require 67 g of force to operate; For comparison: Cherry MX Browns require 55 g. Adding to the feel, drop claims, are tailor-made stabilizers from the Gateron brand to prevent unwanted rattling between larger keys.

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The Holy Panda switches are getting closer and closer to half the price and are already hand lubricated before they get to you. You also get hot swappability so you can drop the Holy Pandas without soldering if you wish. Another practical feature: the keyboards can be programmed using the open source software QMK.

Drop’s Paragon keyboards are currently available for pre-order but are not expected to ship until November 15th.

Also expensive (but cheaper): Drop’s new signature keyboards

  • Drop the Islay Night of the Signature series.

  • Drop Zodiac Signs from the Signature Series.

  • Drop Signature Series Mythic Journey.

  • Drop Signature Series Cyber ​​Moon.

  • Drop Signature Series Ultrasound.

  • Drop Signature Series Classic Midnight.

  • Drop Signature Series Purple Midnight.

Drop already has a number of signature keyboards, the cheapest of which are $ 279. The seven that were added today cost $ 349, placing them at the top of the series

The newest members of the Signature series – Islay Night, Zodiac, Mythic Journey, Cyber ​​Moon, Ultrasonic, Purple Midnight, and Classic Midnight – mainly use Drops Ctrl or Ctrl high-profile cases, both of which are made from CNC-machined aluminum . The exception is Islay Night. Since this is a smaller keyboard with no arrow keys, it uses Drop + Tokyo’s Tokyo60.

These keyboards also come with hot-swappable Holy Panda switches, but they are not pre-lubricated. Keycaps vary in coolness, color, and construction, ranging from ABS plastic to color-sublimated PBT plastic. Like the Paragon keyboards, they are all programmable with the QMK software.

Some of Drop’s new Signature keyboards are available now, while others are available for pre-order.

Somewhat cheaper: Drop’s Expression Matcha Summer

Drop Expression Series Matcha Summer.Enlarge / Drop Expression Series Matcha Summer.

After all, the cheapest keyboard announced today is the Expression Series Matcha Summer. But at $ 150, it’s still not a “cheap mechanical keyboard” (Drop doesn’t really swing that way).

The keyboard is reminiscent of the summer sun with matcha tea and mango-inspired dye-sublimated PBT keycaps, a white, anodized aluminum housing, and linear Gateron Yellow switches.

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