Drop’s new mechanical keyboards go up to $500

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High-end mechanical keyboard and PC peripherals brand Drop (formerly MassDrop) today revealed its next lineup of prebuilt mechanical keyboards. The brand added options in three different series, with its most premium one, the Paragon, priced at $500.

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

Drop’s $500 Paragon Keyboard

Drop announced two Paragon Series keyboards, both built on the same frame used in Drop’s CNC-milled, anodized aluminum. Alt High-Profile keyboard.

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NS moon shot The design pays homage to celestial beauty with its baby blue and white detailing and doubleshot ABS keycaps marked with NASA-designed words such as “rover,” “orbit,” and “godspeed.”

Drop Paragon Series Moon Shot Keyboard.

The keycaps are SA profiles, with a more vintage form factor that tends to be expensive (this set goes for $190 on its own), long and rounded.

NS shogunThe , meanwhile, is fitted with red and gold doubleshot ABS keycaps for the Samurai, which have Japanese inscriptions, clouds, and, presumably, durability, thanks to the 1.5mm thickness.

Drop Paragon Series Shogun Keyboard.

Drop’s Paragon keyboards differ from the rest of the keyboards announced today in that they promise an improved sound profile via a sound damper placed between the keyboard cases and the printed circuit board (PCB).

Both keyboards use the Drop + Inwire Holly Panda mechanical switch. These are hybrid switches that combine the stems of Halo Clears (also known as Halo Trues) with the stems of Invir Pandas for an incredibly tactile experience. Activating the switch requires 67 grams of force; for comparison, cherry mx brown 55 grams is required. In addition, there are custom-built, Gateron-brand stabilizers to add drop claims, to prevent unwanted rattle between the big keys.

Approaching their half-price earnings, the Holly Panda Switches are hand lubricated before they even reach you. You also get hot swappability, so you can etch holy pandas without soldering if you want. Another useful feature: The keyboards are programmable via the QMK open source software.

Drop’s Paragon keyboards are currently available for preorder, but don’t expect shipping to begin around November 15th.

As well as expensive (but cheap): Drop’s new Signature keyboard

The Drop already has several signature keyboards, with the cheapest two going for $279. The seven added today cost $349, placing them at the top of the chain

Latest member of Signature Series- islay knight, Amount, mythological journey, cyber moon, ultrasonic, purple midnight, And classic midnight-Most drop use Ctrl or Ctrl high-profile cases, which are both CNC-milled aluminum. The exception is Islay Knight. Because it is a small keyboard without arrow keys, it uses Drop + Tokyo Tokyo60.

These keyboards also come with hot-swappable Holly Panda switches, but they don’t come prelubed. Keycaps vary on coolness, color, and construction, ranging from ABS plastic to dye-sublimated PBT plastic. Like the Paragon keyboard, all are programmable with QMK software.

Some of Drop’s new Signature keyboards are available now, while others are on preorder.

Slightly More Affordable: Drops Expression Matcha Summer

drop expression series match summer.

Finally, there’s the most affordable keyboard announced today expression series match summer. But at $150, it’s still not a “cheap mechanical keyboard” (the Drop doesn’t really swing that way).

The keyboard invites thoughts of warm days to match the summer sun with matcha tea and mango fruit-inspired dye-sublimated PBT keycaps, a white, anodized aluminum case and linear, Gateron Yellow switches.

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