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Massdrop ALT Mechanical Keyboard

Massdrop ALT Mechanical Keyboard

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Hey Friends,

Very excited for the launch of the ALT to followup the CTRL launch. 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 will ship with the same features that made the CTRL 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.

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 - since there were a lot of request for those in the CTRL drop.

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 May 24th. However, we will be doing a payment capture on April 30 so we can initiate tooling for some of the components in the ALT.
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Depends on the game. Buy what I have my F keys bound to are typically less used buttons but something I don't want to have some sort of alt/ctrl/fn + button press to do. More of a "heat of the moment" type bind that is a reactive skill/macro to use that I don't want to stretch my hand to use and figure out am I pressing G or H on my keyboard. F10-F12 are things typically reserved for Shadowplay/Share macros (record, save last 15 minutes, screenshot capture), I use F9 for push to talk that is bound to a USB foot pedal, so that's really the only F key I do not need. So that leaves me with 8 macro/bind buttons. Other things like MMOs are similar long cooldown abilities/buffs/potions/skills. Sure, I could get one of those 20 thumb button mice, but I really dislike how those feel and they're just too clunky for me.

The other benefit is that I have a better "homing" with them as F1, F4, F5, F8 are easy to find the edges of the function keys, so those are my most used. I'll do something like F1-F4 as grenade selections in a game, F5-F8 would be consumables. That's why I really liked the Sentraq S65-Plus and had been 99% on getting it. Sure, I lose 2 F keys (3 if I end up using one of them as a dedicated ESC) but I have a homing to each row and it gives me 10 buttons within reach of my hand and I have an easy way to home row find them. I was actually considering it over buying the CTRL, but when I started pricing it out I was getting a hot swap switch and RGB backlit keyboard for a lower cost than the S65 Plus.

I honestly don't game often enough to justify it.
I kinda wish there was a version of this with a housing so that it wasnt floating keys.
Will there be a USB C cable input dust protector for the unsured usb C?
Does anyone know if this will drop again, and if so, when? How much did it originally drop for? This seems like It would be a perfect keyboard for me.

Also, what software is used to create macros and hotkeys?
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I believe it's all done on the computer. Could be wrong, though. I don't think you can create stuff like that from the keyboard itself.
blakstealth
Like, I know some boards ave the capabilities of doing it from the boards, without needing to open a dedicated software on the computer, but I always got confused and could never do it properly. Software would just make it A LOT easier.
How do i buy it
Swervix
You missed the original drop. Will have to wait until they decide to do a second run (that is, IF they decide to do so).
anyone know how to get qmk working on a mac.. using macports.. i think i pretty much got all the build tools needed but from macports instead of using brew.. as described here..
https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/blob/master/docs/getting_started_build_tools.md
the second step would be to follow this..
https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/blob/master/docs/getting_started_build_tools.md
for the mac..

i looked around because i have the tada68.. and thinking of buying this board from someone that bought it from this drop.. and doesn't want it.. but i would need to get qmk working first on my tada68 and to be confident i can get it working on this board..i'm not afraid of the command line but i have looked around a bit and did not have enough time to look more.. will do so .. but thought if someone can point me in the right direction that would be nice..
If anyone wants my spot for this keyboard please let me know.
Luna on Deskthority.
Is the frame dark aluminum or silver, like apple stuff?
Truly amazing
YanboWu Any chance there will be spare units for sale once the drop is over or that it will be dropped again anytime soon? Regretting so much for not getting it. :(
MigZm
check out message by Luna55
MigZm
I'm selling my spot. You can contact me on Deskthority, my name there is Luna.
Please do this in a black version!
Pretty upset I missed out on this....would definitely love it if it opened back up for latecomers...
hcm004
Me too