The market for custom mechanical keyboards has exploded in recent years. Where you used to have to go through tedious group buying to get many of the best models, there are now mainstream options you can buy anytime. (née Massdrop) was a focal point for many just starting out in the hobby. Today, the company is introducing its first new keyboard since 2019. Dubbed the Sense75, it’s a 75 percent layout board with about every feature a budding enthusiast could want.
As with and Drop will offer two versions of the Sense75. Starting today, you can order the keyboard pre-built with the company’s coveted switches included. Then, later this year, Drop will start selling a barebones kit that comes with just the frame and board, so you can customize it to your heart’s content.
The Sense75 also comes in two colors: ‘Nightfall’ and ‘Polar’, with the latter incorporating an electrophoretic coating that creates a ‘stunning and clean look’ but is also more expensive to manufacture. A pre-built Sense75 in the former costs $349 while the latter is a cool $399. If you want to go the frame-only route, you’ll be paying either $249 or $299.
With pre-built prices starting at $349, Drop has the . It’s widely regarded as one of the best “entry-level” custom keyboards you can buy. The two share many of the same traits. Both are 75 percent layout boards with a gasket-mounted plate to dampen keystrokes. Similarly, you can hot-swap with either switch, eliminating the need for soldering if you want to try a new set of tactile, linear, or click switches. The Sense75 even has a dial, just like the GMMK Pro, and both offer customizable RGB lighting. Speaking of customization, the Sense75 supports both QMK and VIA firmware.
The first 500 people to order the Sense75 will receive a free MT3 keycap set, carrying case, and limited-edition novelty keycap with purchase. The first shipments will arrive sometime in November.
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