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Best Mechanical Keyboard Kits in 2021

Updated May 22, 2021

These are our picks for the best mechanical keyboard kits available to buy in 2021.


TL;DR - Best Mechanical Keyboard Kits in 2021

  1. Drop Carina Kit
  2. Drop Tokyo60 Kit
  3. Drop + OLKB Preonic Kit V3
  4. Drop + OLKB Planck Kit V6
Drop Carina Kit

Drop Carina Kit

  • 60% layout - 61 keys
  • Frosted acrylic CNC case
  • Custom 60% PCBA (supports 3-pin and 5-pin switches)
  • Hot-swap switch sockets
  • QMK firmware
  • Cherry-style plate-mounted stabilizers
  • Aluminum, brass, or copper switch plate
  • Dual USB-C connectors
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Drop Tokyo60 Kit

Drop Tokyo60 Kit

  • 60% layout - 60 keys
  • 2-piece aluminum construction (high-profile 6000 series)
  • HHKB-style layout
  • USB-C PCBA with hot-swap sockets (solderless kit)
  • Compatible with MX style switches (plate and PCB mount)
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Drop + OLKB Preonic Kit V3

Drop + OLKB Preonic Kit V3

  • 60% layout - 59 keys
  • Anodized CNC aluminum case
  • ARM STM32 processor
  • Reprogrammable Matias / MX-compatible PCBA
  • 304 brushed stainless steel top plate
  • 9x bottom-lit RGB LEDs: RGB LEDs that glow through the bottom of the case (acrylic cases would be preferred)
  • Standard layout
  • Cherry MX and Matias/ALPS switch footprints
  • LED ready
  • Built-in speaker
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Drop + OLKB Planck Kit V6

Drop + OLKB Planck Kit V6

  • 40% layout - 47 keys
  • Designed by Jack Humbert (OLKB)
  • Produced by Drop
  • PCBA by OLKB
  • Anodized CNC aluminum case
  • Kaihua hotswap switch sockets
  • Reprogrammable Matias / MX-compatible PCBA
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