Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Introducing the New Preonic

The original Preonic Keyboard was praised for its compact form factor and intuitive layout—and the new version is no different. However, this time around it’s made with a CNC aluminum case available in four different colors and has a new plate design to make assembly much easier. We’ve also taken over the manufacturing process to ensure this run is improved. If you’re new to keyboard kits, the compact Preonic is a great way to learn about soldering and programming.

Note: At checkout, choose a case color (Silver, Orange, Gunmetal, and Navy) and a plate (MX or Matias). You will also be able to add a set of 61 Kaihua, Cherry, or Matias switches; and you can add a carrying case for (+ $7.99). See checkout for more details and pricing.

Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit

The Theory Behind It

Designed by Jack Humbert at OLKB, the Preonic is made for efficiency. The layout is very similar to the Planck (also by OLKB), but with an additional row for easier access to numbers, function keys, or whatever else you’d like to program. The smaller space bar makes it easier to use your thumbs to access additional layers via the “raise” and “lower” keys. And even with the extra row, the keyboard still maintains a very compact form factor for portability.

Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit

New Plate, No Problem

With regards to the plate design, we’ve removed the jaggedness that was causing issues with MX-style switches. Now we’re offering an MX plate (for MX switches and clones) and a Matias plate (for Matias and ALPS switches), both of which support MIT and Grid layout. Made from 304 stainless steel, the plate is heavy and stable, with five holes for mounting the included M2 screws.

Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Beeps & Boops

Also notable, the PCB is outfitted with a small speaker, which is driven by the MCU. In the default firmware this will make a few different noises—like a short series of beeps on startup, notifications when you put the board into Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode, plus noises when you change the default layout to prevent mishaps when typing quickly. The speaker can be disabled by a keyboard shortcut or by flashing new firmware. For more information, check out the QMK documentation.

Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit
Massdrop x OLKB Preonic Mechanical Keyboard Kit

Case Color Options

Black
Blue
Orange
Silver

Specs

  • Designed by OLKB
  • Powered by QMK
  • Produced by Massdrop
  • PCB by Wilba
  • Anodized CNC aluminum case
  • PBT keycaps
  • Reprogrammable Matias / MX compatible PCB
  • 304 brushed stainless steel top plate (Matias or MX)
  • Rubber feet
  • Dimensions, assembled: 9.1 x 4.1 x 0.9 in (23.1 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm)

PCB

  • Pre-soldered
  • Pre-programmed with default Preonic keymap
  • Cherry MX and Matias/ALPS switch footprints
  • LED ready
  • Built-in speaker

Included

  • CNC aluminum case
  • Screws and spacers
  • 4 rubber feet
  • Top plate
  • PCB
  • Blank keycaps
  • USB cable

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Feb 28, 2018 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.