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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.
so i know its been a while since this drop has ended but i have found a brand new bare bones version of this keyboard for in and around $130 Canadian... i would really love to get this Mech but i'm not sure 1. if its worth it or 2. exactly what pieces i need to complete the board. thanks!!!
GB.Visual
It's not the high profile version since these don't ship until May. The one they likely have is the regular ALT(where you can see the switches). $130 CAD is probably not too bad of a price, I think they were $179.99 US and $40 less for the bare bones version. You'd need plate mounted switches of your choice and a set of keycaps.
Will the High-Profile ALT be available regularly like the normal ALT once they ship or was it just for this drop? If anyone in the drop is interested in selling message me! Reddit: LeeIIIWill Email: Lee.III.Will@gmail.com Thanks!
Any idea when this high profile version will come back?
Will anyone be interested in selling or trading theirs? I joined the CTRL high profile drop and would ideally like to work out a trade with that.
JStubbs
Just check mech market on reddit when the High-Profile boards get shipped.
Will we see another round of this?
I see it says that you can hotswap the switches with no soldering required. What would I need to actually remove the switches if I wanted to change them out?
Asters
I believe the keyboard comes with a key switch remover tool.
Asters
there is a keyswitch remover that is included with the board
does this come pre built?
myroblyte
Yes, it comes pre-built.
Any chance this will be making a return soon? This keyboard looks incredible!
If anyone's looking to sell their spot, or trade for a low-profile, let me know! max@elman.net
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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Has there been a redrop?
andythecao
For the regular Massdrop ALT and CTRL, there have been several Re-Drops for both. The high-profile ALT and CTRL haven't been produced yet. I have no reason to believe that there won't be Re-Drops for each one.
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