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Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard Review

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Introduction

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Depending on when this article goes live, it would be alongside the review of the Drop CTRL keyboard or slightly after. I was in two minds about which to go with first, but decided that surely CTRL precedes ALT in most combinations! Besides, the CTRL was Drop's first keyboard, so this order made sense to me. The ALT came out in late 2018 and thus makes for another product that isn't the latest but still aims to be the greatest. Thanks again to Drop for providing a review sample to TechPowerUp!


The ALT was a natural progression in Drop's keyboard lineup, designed near-identical to the TKL form factor CTRL but shrunk down to the 65% form factor instead. As with the CTRL, there are two color options for the frame, including the Space Gray seen above. This time around, things go the other way with my sample the black color version instead. As with the CTRL, there are several switch options from the likes of Cherry, Kailh, and Drop's branded Halo switches. Let's see how the ALT fares with this feature set in our review, which begins with a look at the specifications in the table below.

Specifications

Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard
Layout:65% (67-key) form factor in a modified US ANSI layout
Material:Aluminium frame and bottom plate, PBT plastic keycaps
Macro Support:Yes
Weight:0.7 kg/1.5 lbs.
Wrist Rest:No
Anti-Ghosting:Full N-key rollover USB
Media Keys:Available as a secondary function
Dimensions:112 (L) x 322 (W) x 32 (H) mm
Cable Length:4.5 ft / 1.4 m
Software:Yes
Switch Type:Choice of different Halo, Kailh, and Cherry MX RGB switches
Backlighting:Yes, per-key 16.8 M RGB backlighting
Interface:USB
Warranty:One year standard with optional purchase for three years extended
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