|Model Name||ALT Mechanical Keyboard|
|Operating System||Linux, Windows 8, MacOS, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 95, DOS, Windows 10|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac, Laptop, Linux|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Connector Type||USB, USB-C|
|Contains Liquid Contents||No|
|Has Builtin Light||Yes|
|Product Dimensions||32.26 x 11.18 x 3.18 cm; 694.56 Grams|
|Item Weight||693 g|
|Item Model Number||MDX-22176-14|
|Date First Available||15 August 2019|
Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard — 65% (67 Key) Gaming Keyboard, Hot-Swap Switches, Programmable Macros, RGB LED Backlighting, USB-C, Doubleshot PBT, Aluminum Frame (Cherry MX Brown RGB)
|Price:||+ $16.37 Delivery|
- A COMPACT LAYOUT The ALT mechanical keyboard is a smaller take on Drop’s CTRL model It features 67 keys instead of 87 Absent of function keys it wastes no space—but it still has a full set of arrows and numerals
- A SOLID BUILD Constructed with a solid aluminum frame with a built-in switch plate and magnetic legs the ALT is rock-solid and ready for any setup
- CHERRY MX BROWN RGB SWITCHES This ALT model comes equipped with Cherry MX Brown switches which have a tactile bump silent travel and medium actuation force—great for both typing and gaming
- HOT-SWAPPABLE SWITCH FUNCTIONALITY Want to switch your switches? Customize the ALT with ease thanks to hot-swappable switch sockets which allow you to swap switches in seconds—no soldering required
- OPTIMIZED PER-KEY LIGHTING WITH MILLIONS OF COLORS The ALT is illuminated with fully customizable RGB backlighting and under-lighting Set your millions of LEDs to a single color or light them up with custom rainbow wave patterns
- The configurator allows you to program macros and customized keymapping so you can easily fine-tune your keyboard for gaming, work, or play.
- It’s also outfitted with two USB type-C connectors (one on each side), allowing you to use the spare connector to transfer data and charge devices at USB 2.0 speeds.
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The Massdrop ALT mechanical keyboard is just like the CTRL but with 67 keys instead of 87 Absent of function keys it wastes no space—but it still has a full set of arrows and numerals Constructed with a solid aluminum frame with a built-in switch plate the ALT is rock solid And thanks to the hot-swap switch sockets it allows you to swap switches whenever you want with no soldering required It’s also fully programmable via QMK meaning you can assign macros or custom key binds to every key With dual USB-C connectors the ALT is outfitted with the latest connections What’s more it has customizable RGB backlighting and under lighting Set it to a single color or light it up with a rainbow wave pattern To enhance the backlighting there are shine-through doubles hot PBT keycaps too Grab it with your choice of switches to get just the feel you want
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I shrugged off the ALT although it met all my needs because of some bad reviews from more experienced people in the community and because it shipped from the US (We all know how much our customs friends love to double-check packages coming in from the south), and the duties would make it too expensive.
And then suddenly I realized Amazon had it in stock so I pulled the trigger, and I'm really happy so far.
The build quality is really solid, zero flex and a very nice looking (in my opinion) low profile aluminium case that makes the keyboard sturdy and heavy. It has two removable magnetic feet that can be set up to have either positive or negative tilt, and although I heard in some reviews the feet fell off easily, this must've been fixed on this revision because the magnets stick VERY well.
The keyboard is fully programmable via either Massdrop's own configurator (That includes a rather limited array of RGB effects), or you can flash a QMK configuration and get WAY more RGB effects and a configuration as deep as you want to make it.
The Halo Clear switches feel very similar to Cherry MX Clears, a bit less scratchy and they have less travel until the tactile bump (The bump is basically on the top of the switch). It's a pretty nice switch but I'll likely be swapping them soon for some Zealios V2. Which brings me to the fact that this keyboard is hot-swappable! That means if you feel like trying some new switches, you don't need to desolder or buy a whole new keyboard, you can just swap them in a few minutes.
The keyboard also includes a keycap puller/screwdriver and a switch puller, which is a nice plus.
Very happy with the purchase, will update if anything goes south from here but it looks like a solid purchase.
There is however one major negative that I can't get over so I will be returning it.
There isn't a dedicated back-quote/tilde key (`/~). To generate the tilde, you must press Fn+Esc. In practical terms this requires the right hand to hold down the Fn key that is to the right of the keyboard, while pressing the shift and escape keys. This is a two-handed awkwardness. On a Mac or on my Keychron K2, this is a single handed operation thanks to the dedicated key `/~ key.
Also not including Bluetooth at this price level is also a big miss.
In comparison, the Keychron K2 is a quality mechanical keyboard that sports a very nice keyboard layout, nice keys and keycaps and offers Bluetooth+USB-C connectivity at a lower price. Yes, it does not feature replaceable key switches, but the keys that come with it are good quality.