Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish Keyboard Review

Setup & Usage

Getting the Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish keyboard set up is extremely easy. Using the included USB cable just plug it into your PC and you’ll be good to go. If you are using a Windows PC it will automatically recognize the keyboard. Unfortunately there is no software for the keyboard so if you wanted to do any type of customization or remapping of keys you’ll need to use 3rd party software.

When you plug the keyboard in, it will light up with a white lighting under the keycaps. Because the keycaps do not allow for much of a shine through you can really only notice the lighting when you are using the keyboard in the dark.

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When it comes to using the keyboard there are a few things you’ll need to get used to. First are the actual keycaps. The MT3 profile will definitely feel weird a first if you are used to a Cherry or OEM keycap profile, which most keyboards use. The MT3 profile keycaps are much taller and have a sort of divot in them where your finger sits. Since the keycaps are taller the divot feels much smaller than what you might be used to, so overall the keys felt smaller to me. It did take a good couple of days to get used to the keycap profile.

Then comes the actual legends. While I feel I am pretty proficient on a keyboard, at times I do need to look down and see where my fingers are and what keys I am actually typing on. When you look down and see the Sindarin terms and Tengwar characters it really throws you off. Even though there are smaller legends for the keys, your eyes don’t immediately go to those. So this combined with the MT3 keycap profile makes using the keyboard at first a bit daunting.

When it does come to using the keyboard once you are used to everything it is a very good overall experience. The Drop Holy Panda X switches feel quite good, but I did notice I was bottoming out quite a lot. This combined with the metal casing of the keyboard did make for a sort of vibration sound when you would bottom out. Below is a typing sample.

Drop + The Lord of the Rings Elvish Keyboard

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