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Massdrop ALT High-Profile Mechanical Keyboard

Massdrop ALT High-Profile Mechanical Keyboard

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Stickied
Hey Friends,
Very excited for the launch the next keyboard in our lineup. 65% keyboards have always been one of my favorite form factors. It allows me to take advantage of the smaller footprint on a compact keyboard and still give me to easily access the arrow cluster and navigation cluster which I use daily - from spreadsheets to video games.
The ALT High-Profile will ship with the same features that made the ALT awesome - the firmware will be based on QMK and we will be adding it to our keyboard configurator for easy reprogramming. The same RGB lighting and customization. The keyboard also has dual USB C connections that functions as an USB hub and the PCB will ship with Kaihua hotswap sockets to allow for easy switch swapping.
The thing that separates this beast apart is the high profile form factor. The switch tops and the bottom of the keycaps are now covered by the lip around the keyboard. To achieve this, we are machining the top out of a far large block of aluminum and the whole keyboard weighs almost 3 lbs. Some of the more intricate machining is resulting in machining time that is 20x what we've done on the original ALT.
This keyboard is another step in our eventual goal to make custom keyboard design more accessible to the community. We will continue to work on this line and add more offerings in the future - for example a matching numpad (you'll never let me forget!)
For community members, this simplifies the experience of owning a custom keyboard, for community designers, this solves the hardest parts of your technical back end. This solution for designers means more projects will make the leap from concept to production, increasing the diversity of designs available to the community at large.
Thanks for your interest and support, none of this would be possible without you and the continued support of the mech keys community at large.
Last, a few administrative notes on this drop: The drop is set to end on October 20. However, we will be doing a payment capture on September 30 so we can initiate purchasing of raw materials. If this is an issue for you, please join after October 1.
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Not yet. I am waiting until I get it.
FedEx is screwing with me as usual. I'll let you know once I have it in hand whether I'm going to sell it.
Thought I would never buy again from Massdrop after having to wait forever for my Rama M10-B but here I am having bought another. Hope I don't get burned...
Need a Massdrop x MiTo Laser ALT High-Profile. That would be unbelievably incredible.
LTB original ALT if anyone is wanting to jump to the HP :-D
Deadly_Peanut
im down to trade
Deadly_Peanut
I unfortunately didn't pick up the HP myself. I was hoping to find someone willing to sell their original ALT.
why no first run production perks like the ctrl high profile?
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mtdr
One of the main reasons I cancelled my participation. If there are no first run production perks, there's no reason for me to be out $230 for 7 months with no product. I can just buy it when the Re-Drop opens up shortly after R1 ships, just like the CTRL did.
Urano_Metria
wow seriously? this being my first drop i didnt know what to expect. so basically all i would be getting into the first drop is for the serialization, then?
Any reason why this board doesn't come with the novelty key cap that the CTRL came with? The new high profile CTRL has it too
rckeeps
No $10 either...
rckeeps
One of the main reasons I cancelled my participation. If there are no first run production perks, there's no reason for me to be out $230 for 7 months with no product. I can just buy it when the Re-Drop opens up shortly after R1 ships, just like the CTRL did.
Damn i got to be no. 101 wanted to be 100 :(
Korokus
Im sure someone else will drop out making you 100.
Will Cherry MX blue RGB fit into the hot-swap sockets? Thank you
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I thought that may have happened and I apologize for trying to call you out. Massdrop should really indicate when a post has been deleted.
MeowBox
no harm done! yeah massdrop needs to do that, along with a lot of other things.....
OMG I want. But so expensive.
Is there a photo of the bottom part of this keyboard? Maybe from the one that is not "high profile"?
atari.super.nes
I found this image from the non "high-profile" ALT, though I might imagine the high-profile ALT's bottom might look different.
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r33d0X
Hey there! Thanks for the picture :)
Can this please stop being such a rollercoaster and just happen?
OMG ITS FINALLY HAPPENED...
Congrats on MOQ guys. I was kind of worried that the Massdrop CTRL High-Profile would destroy any further progress with this drop. It seems at the current price that this keyboard is offered is too high for most people.
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Urano_Metria
Sigh. Back below 100...
Thornkin
im sorry im one of the ones that opted out, but man this drop is the biggest emotional roller coaster
COME ON! ONE MORE!
Sorry, I am leaving this drop for the CTRL high-profile. I really like the form factor, but the CTRL has a standard TKL layout so I'll have an easier time getting replacement keycaps.
A question regarding the hot-swappable feature, does this keyboard support switches with PCB mount guide-pins?
I am asking this as the Massdrop Ctrl Keyboard has the same capabilities (Kaihua Hot-swap Switch Sockets), and that keyboard does not seem to support switches with PCB mount guide-pins. Following is a picture from Dave-2D's video review showing that it does not have the necessary holes for those kind of switches.
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On the other hand, I have seen keyboards which have similar hot-swappable capabilities, yet they support switches with PCB mount guide-pins. This is a screenshot from Chyrosran22's review of the MonkeyKing Custom iGK61.
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@YanboWu , could you clarify this? Thanks in advance.
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Eri_Kasamoto
No one would buy this if it was $300, and they have to cut costs somewhere with this being a Massrop mass-produced product and all. Omitting these holes is a relative non-issue either way since making PCB mount switches compatible is ludicrously trivial. Just clip off the PCB mount guide pins and you're good to go. It's not like you're going to be using delusional $6 meme switches like Holy Pandas either, so clipping the guide pins off shouldn't be a problem.
Judging by this , you didn’t actually get an engineer to design the pcb in the first place. https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/9rm46s/massdrop_alt_pcb/
Everything about this looks awesome... but the price... make it $90 and I'm in ;)
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I owned the Excalibur for a good 6 months so I can tell you from first hand experience.
The Excalibur uses very low quality components to achieve its low price point - paper thin aluminum casing and plate, cheap clone switches, low quality abs keycaps with awful font, zero programmable pcb.
I also owned the vortex race 3 which is very similar, and uploaded a YT video that compares the typing sound. Overall, incremental component quality improvements cost significant money but results in noticeable ux improvements. The ALT will represent a step up from the vortex race 3, and at least 2 steps up from the budget boards like drevo Excalibur.
Jino74
Spot on there.
Assuming this comes with a USB-C cable, does anybody know if the PC end of the cable will be type A or C? What did the CTRL ship with?
rckeeps
CTRL was usb c to usb a, im assuming the same for this
rckeeps
It's USB-C to USB-A. For what it's worth, a USB-C to USB-C cable also works fine. I use a USB-C to USB-C cable on my CTRL to plug it into my PC's USB-C port since all my regular type A ports were already taken up.
I’ve lost faith in reaching MOQ on this thanks to the ctrl being added again *sigh*
massdrop officially killed this drop by releasing hipro ctrl, rip
Heart says yes, wallet says no. Rip in pepperone it's my favorite layout too
Is this layout compatible with a Maxkey keycap set? I know those sets are more limited so I'm not sure if I'm overlooking an incompatibility.
Vermilionone
The only "non-standard" keycap length I can notice on this keyboard is the 1.75u(?) right Shift, so if the keycap set you want/have doesn't have it, then you would need to settle with an odd key (either a shorter length keycap or putting a different keycap on).
Other than that, you might see a difference in profiling for Delete, Home, Page Up, and Page Down.
r33d0X
Cool, thanks. that's what I thought as well.
Any plans to relase top high profile plates as parts for the low profile ones?, would love to upgrade my LASER ALT to a High Profile.
Got a dumb question here. The MX Brown RGB is the only switch that specifies it has RGB, so is it the only option for RGB backlighting on keys? I'm assuming the other switches just have it and don't specify it, but I'm being sure of my options.
mechamugen
It specifies RGB for the MX Browns because there's a "non-RGB" version of the MX Browns which doesn't have a clear housing. All switches available should have a clear housing.
why everybody hates this keyboard? I'd gladly trade my k-type for this. Tkl is a waste of the deskspace.
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They put the CTRL back up while this drop already had to be extended. Why would they do that when this one is struggling? So strange.
Pennywise359
I think a bunch of boards were just sold... I don't like low profile with led switches as I can see reflection of the switches in things like tablet, phone on a dock, etc. Too bad all those people bought the low CTRL before massdrop released this one.
Just joined - had been holding out because I'd really like to get a Mech for work before May 6th but really want to make this happen for the other 96 people who have already ordered. The original ALT really jumped out at me, and the High Profile makes it even better. Here's hoping that we don't experience (m)any of the Quality Control issues that were encountered in the CTRL.
Now if we can just get 3 more people to join.
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I got it now, the "5+ needed" is 5 more. I understood it as 5 total. Where does it say 100 buyers are needed to make it happen? Or is that a general rule for all drops?
rckeeps
oh, its on the overview, right under the picture
Massdrop CTRL barebones is in stock again, so I dropped out of this instantly to buy that instead. Sorry guys.
With the dual usb C, is one a pass-through?
Miann
Yeah. From under the section "Fully Programmable Via QMK": "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. "
Upon further consideration I think I'll wait for a 104-key hot swappable board to come out. Good luck guys!
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Sad there is no backlight in the Kira, unless I missed something. Would have bought if it had it. Computer is for gaming and excel, hard to give up 10keys and no interest in adding another 10k keyboard on the desk to clutter it up.
Miann
I could have sworn the Input Club Kira had backlighting, but I could be wrong. The only reason I went with the Aurora 96 from zFrontier over the Kira is because I like the form factor better.
4 more purchasers needed!!!!
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Danielrvr53
+1 left
Danielrvr53
might have to be +2 since im probably gonna leave it once i can get my hands on a m65-a