What the hell is MT2? Great question, thanks for asking.
Drop announced a fancy new keycap profile, truth is that I don’t have a clue what that is! My guess is as good as yours because Drop dropped this bomb out of nowhere.
They are totally free to do whatever they want of course, but considering MT3 is a play on my nick name (MaTt3o) it would have been nice to receive a heads-up before they released an MT2.
So let me be super clear here: I have no involvement whatsoever in the making of the MT2 profile. I know the name is misleading but we’ll have to live with it and I guess it gives some continuity.
So what do we know about MT2?
Looking at the rendering they posted and talking to Yanbo (from Drop) it looks like a Cherry clone, which is good since it’s a very much loved profile and GMK is basically booked for the next couple of years. They hopefully fixed the few inconsistencies of the Cherry legends (like the ginormous ^ and ~) but I’ll know more as soon as I get prototypes.
Yeah, that’s right. They are going to send me some prototypes and if they are half as good as they claim I’ll be gladly designing one of the first sets in MT2 (gosh, the name feels wrong every time I say it).
Well, it’s good to have more options. Cylindrical top keycaps after all are the de-facto standard of modern computing.
I discovered some footage of a Drop strategy session.
Seriously though, it’s just frustrating reading the comments about this and how they’re tying themselves in knots trying to establish credibility. That somehow MT3 was some convention they’ve always used internally.
For the most part, the average Drop customer isn’t really going to care or question that. So it’s probably just a smaller subset of us for whom this really doesn’t sit well with.
thanks for your message. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking that this is weird…
My interest in these onli piqued because I know the mt3 were a solid key cap profile and wondered what mt2 will add but its lame.
When I saw MT2 I was excited because I thought it was developed with Matt3o. So I personally find this misleading and not at all consumer friendly.
yet another cherry clon…zzZzzzzZ
MT3 is still the best!
drop/mt3 is compelling: in stock, or “short” lead times; eyecatching colorways; very good quality; efficient billing/fulfillment. that said, mt3 isn’t for me – i couldn’t adjust to the the height of the one set i bought. so call me curious about mt2, esp if matt2o is going to design a set. (sorry, couldn’t resist)
btw, no way to know whether drop was acting with malice or or just being clueless by not including matt3o in pre-release communications. that sucks, for sure!
Its okay to develop a new profile and even clone cherry profile buy why did they name it MT2? MT3 has a history behind its name and now people are gonna assume that you are somehow involved in the creation. Do they want to ride on your name?
yeah that’s a good point and doesn’t seem Drop is going to answer
It will be really funny if Drop went to all this effort to make their own version of what is apparently a Cherry profile, and theirs also turns out to have interference on north-facing leds too. Whoopsie.
Yeah, I was actually looking at some of the legends to try to spot whether they had actually implemented any improvements or if it was just another Cherry clone.
From the far-away angle they’ve provided, it does seem that they improved the ^ to match the width of 6, but not the ~.
I assumed that they would’ve at least collaborated with you for an “MT2,” but seeing what they did with their “Holy Panda X,” I can’t say I’m that surprised.
Side note: I do actually like that they figured out the reverse dye-sub process and are applying it to their Artifact Bloom line-up as well as the new MT2 profile.
Or the WoB could just be another ABS set which would be disappointing, since they’ve already figured out how to make WoB with PBT.
These are just tecsee caps rebranded.
Any thought of doing cherry’s height MT3?, I think it’s fit the name MT2 than this thing and way cooler. TBH I thought they did that when see the blog title lmao
You took it like a true gentleman, respect
Dont be fooled!
Mt2 is a rebranded domikey product, take a closer look at font. Its the same.
DROP did you real dirty, especially attempting to use the MT2 name to recognize an entirely different designer. Congratulations to DROP for losing a customer. Meanwhile, I’ve subscribed to your newsletter, and I look forward to supporting your future projects.
thanks, Patrick. I have new better things coming out! :)
surprising move from drop, but im neutral about it as i only ever use MT3 on my boards, and whatever key profiles my hhkb’s use (ill put MT3 on some of them eventually, but no time to research slider options)
Disappointing behavior from Drop! their naming practices are not OK.
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