Last year, Stack Overflow collaborated with mechanical keyboard maker Drop on The Key, a bizarre miniature 3-key keyboard designed for copying and pasting text. It did just that, but with a surprising level of trim for a $29 novelty that started life as an April Fool’s joke. Now Drop, Stack Overflow and designer Cassidy Williams are back with a follow up – The Key V2.
The Key V2 is a very similar product to its predecessor. It costs $29, it only has three dedicated keys for Ctrl, C, and V out of the box, and you can still customize those buttons to do just about anything else. But The Key V2 is also RGB enabled this time around, so you can light it up like a Christmas tree with your other gaming gear. Its casing is made of acrylic rather than aluminum to let that lighting shine through.
Another key difference is that the new key’s switches are hot-swappable, meaning you can easily remove them and swap them out with a different switch that has a different feel. The Key V2 still uses Kailh Black Box switches by default, but now you can swap them out for Cherry brand switches, Holy Pandas, or whatever your heart desires.
The V2 key is available to order now directly from Drop, which says quantities are limited to 3,900 pieces with an estimated ship date of July 20, 2022. It says part of the V2 key product will go to digitalundivided, a nonprofit focused on helping Latin and Black women entrepreneurs.