To put it simply, the CTRL mechanical keyboard has it all. Constructed with a solid aluminum frame with a built-in switch plate, it’s stable and fortified. And thanks to the Kaihua switch sockets, it allows you to change switches whenever you want with no soldering required. It’s also fully programmable via QMK, meaning you can assign macros or custom keybinds to every key if you like. With dual USB-C connectors, the CTRL is outfitted with the fastest available connections. Aesthetically, the CTRL impresses, too. Featuring customizable RGB backlighting and underlighting, it puts on a show in myriad colors; or you can set it to a single color for a more subtle look. The shine-through PBT keycaps only enhance the light show. What’s more, the keyboard comes with your choice of switches so you can get just the feel you like, whether you prefer something heavy and tactile or lightweight and linear.
Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of Cherry MX, Kaihua, and Halo switches. Pricing will vary depending on your selection. Each CTRL mechanical keyboard is serialized and the first 900 purchasers are guaranteed a serial number under #1000.
When you join the drop before it goes into production, you’ll get a few exciting perks:
The switches on the CTRL feature light pipes that are optimized to deliver the most light possible through the keycaps. No matter what tone you want, it’s got you covered: You’ll have your choice from millions of different colors for every single key. Feel free to program the lighting to cycle through the entire spectrum, or set it to a two-toned look to match your setup. There’s also a built-in LED diffuser with light-blocking material to eliminate hotspots found in many other keyboards. Don’t worry about flickering, either: The backlighting displays at a super-high frame rate, so it’s clear as day even at night.
Customizing your keyboard is a lot of fun. That’s why the CTRL features a fully programmable layout, designed for modification. Using QMK firmware, you have total control over every key. Plus, 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 transfer data and charge devices at USB 2.0 speeds.
Known for its toughness and ability to hold a quality surface finish, anodized aluminum plays the starring role in the CTRL’s frame. Heavy enough to stay put when you're cranking out an email or locked into an intense FPS match, the frame also has a low profile to complement your desktop. Thanks to the built-in switch plate and hot-swappable PCB, the CTRL gives you the freedom to change out your switches whenever you like. Best of all? You don’t need to solder each switch. Just pop them in and they’re ready to go.
To make the CTRL really pop off your desktop, it comes with shine-through PBT keycaps. Long a staple in the keyboard community, PBT keycaps help resist the shine that occurs from oils and sweat. In addition, PBT is super durable and long-lasting—and because the legends are shine-through, they won’t rub off over time.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Aug 15, 2018 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.