Massdrop is now selling a different SHIFT?


#1

Guys, please tell me I’m not crazy. I just went to the massdrop page and noticed that the Shift keyboard looked a little different from the last time I saw it. See the page here: https://drop.com/buy/drop-shift-mechanical-keyboard

versus the photos from the Canvas drop here: https://drop.com/buy/drop-mito-xda-canvas-keycap-set

Did massdrop hear the community feedback and decide to change the entire board?

ETA: it looks like they changed the board from the original Cherry 1800 layout to a Leopold fc980 layout


#2

they haven’t changed the board, just look at the photos from the reviewers… it’s the same. maybe you’re thinking of a different keyboard. the names all kind of blend together. alt, ctrl, shift, etc

edit: actually looking closely it looks like a row of switches was removed and the gap reduced between f keys and the numbers??


#3

Yea. They went from an 1800 layout to a leopld fc980 layout


#4

new shift

review shift

canvas shift

seems like an expensive change to make last minute


#5

Yea. I like the Cherry 1800 layout but it looks terrible in low profile. That board looks like ping city.


#6

they did all that work to change the layout slightly but it’s still low profile… I don’t think the target market would care either way for the two layouts so I’m a bit confused why they would change the case and make a new pcb just to shrink the gap and remove four keys


#7

Yea. If they were going to lose the money either way they probably should have gone in for some prototype focus-group testing before deciding on a design. Massdrop brand boards always look so cheap to me in any case.


#8

The SHIFT discussion page has some communication from them in regards to this; they’re pushing the date to January to allow another round of prototyping.


#9

For reference, here’s the full post explaining the changes and linking to some of the discussions and feedback they received after it was originally announced:


#10

I think that is a super welcome change albeit still an experience compromised by the low profile case.


#11

These boards aren’t cheap. They work well, they have some really neat features (negative typing angle stock is rare and cool) and generally well-engineered.

But they are UGLY AS SIN.


#12

Because the target market definitely did care. The original SHIFT was butt ugly.


#13

Oh, I dont think theyre cheap and they do have a lot of cool features. I mean they look really cheap, even though they offer quite a bit in terms of features that I would like. And I dont necessarily dislike the low-profile—I think it looks quite nice on sandwich case boards–but somehow this execution of it looks super shiit. Something about the rounded edges makes it look like it could be a magicforce.


#14

^ This exactly. If they’d put some effort into the looks of their boards I’d be much more interested in them. The high profile versions of the Ctrl & Alt didn’t look so bad, but I think they had them priced too high. I believe they were both close to $300. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


#15

I suppose to some extent they are appealing to a different market. But I agree that they don’t look great. I think the high-profile versions of their boards look pretty good though.


#16

Even the high profile ones don’t look good. In my opinion, they look like they were stung by bees.


#17

Not sure about the Shift, but I heard that the PCB on the Alt was poorly designed.


#18

Yeah, it looks like they just hit the autoroute button: https://i.redd.it/1pay69t61ku11.jpg


#19

I don’t know much about PCBs. Does that have any disadvantages beyond the purely aesthetic?


#20

I think it makes it easier for the traces to be interrupted/damaged, but I’m not an expert. I read that some people have had grounding issues with the Alt shorting out when the case is touched.