I saw that…
I know why they made that comparison - because they look vaguely similar and the Icebergs ran recently - but that’s definitely not the description I would have written for the Christmas Bells.
Obviously I’ve never tried these switches - but I have tried Icebergs and Frogs, and I have every reason to think these will be a lot more like Frogs than Icebergs.
MMK developed the tooling for the Frog from the ground-up, and beyond the aesthetics of a shrouded stem and basic switch type, they have little else in common with Icebergs. From what I can tell, these are Frog re-colors with a different spring - the stem and housing shapes are identical to Frogs.
This is probably my third or fourth rant about Drop’s product description writer - not for their writing skill which is just fine, but for their apparently heavy reliance on context clues over first or even second-hand knowledge. I think Icebergs are mentioned in the description over Frogs simply because Icebergs are more fresh in the writer’s memory. They sold Frogs on Drop, too, so it really would make more sense to make that comparison for like, all the reasons…
Icebergs are in the “budget” realm at 30 cents or less; they don’t even directly compete with Momoka’s switches, which are comfortably on the “middle shelf” at around 50 cents. They also feel very different.
Icebergs are more close to a typical linear, having little to no travel resistance aside from the spring itself, a standard travel and actuation height, and of course they enjoy good smoothness for the price. They have mild if noticeable texture to the travel. They are somewhat high-pitched, clacky / clinky switches, not too unlike the TTCs they compare themselves with if a hair less refined.
Frogs, on the other hand, are a pretty atypical linear, having an unusual-feeling mild resistance to the travel and a lower-than-average actuation height. While there is that mild plastic-on-plastic resistance, Frogs are almost completely free of grain in the travel and are exceptionally smooth for any price bracket. The simultaneous presence of that smoothness and resistance make the switch difficult to describe accurately, since usually mechanical resistance is associated with scratch and grain. Frogs have a deep, muted sound, with only a bit of spring chatter taking away from the otherwise clean timbre.
Say all the to say - I think it would be reasonable to expect these festive switches to be a lot like Frogs, and only a little like Icebergs - which is really only a good thing as far as I’m concerned.
Oh, Dorp. Your products really are good, but your communication about them could still use a little work.