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Drop’s latest Lord of the Rings keyboard wants us to give Mordor a chance

Drop’s latest Lord of the Rings keyboard wants us to give Mordor a chance

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The $199 keyboard is specced the same as Drop’s existing odes to Middle Earth, but with a design that pays homage to the franchise’s bad guys.

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A close up of the right side of the keyboard.
The keyboard features an Eye of Sauron illustration above its arrow keys.
Image: Drop

Drop is back with a third Lord of the Rings-themed keyboard. But unlike its first two, which drew their language and iconography from the good guy Elves and Dwarves, the third is all about celebrating darkness. The keyboard pairs the Black Speech keycap set — a black-on-grey twist on the Elven set that evokes the language of Mordor (which I will not utter here) — with a special version of Drop’s ENTR keyboard. It’s available to preorder now, with shipping expected mid-April.

Tolkien’s Black Speech didn’t have a written form, and the one example in the Lord of the Rings — the inscription on the One Ring, found here on the space bar — used an Elven script. The Black Speech keycaps use the same Tengwar lettering and Sindarin modifiers as the Elven set, with a sinister new font. They’re joined by illustrations of the Eye of Sauron, Shards of Narsil, a Nazgul, and the One Ring.

The keyboard has a couple of other special touches. First is the Eye of Sauron illustration by artist Olivia Shetler (aka Oshetart) above the arrow keys. Second is that the keyboard uses Drop’s Holy Panda X switches rather than the Gateron Yellow or Halo True switches that are typically found on ENTR keyboards. The Black Speech keyboard isn’t hot-swappable, so you won’t be replacing its switches without getting out a soldering iron.

Close up of keyboard’s switches and keycaps.
Don’t worry, most keys also feature English lettering.
Image: Drop
Drop keyboard with accessories.
Additional keycaps mean you can pick your own accent colors.
Image: Drop

Other specs include a tenkeyless layout that omits the numpad for a more compact design, white backlighting (but no RGB), and a detachable USB-C cable. You get a couple of extra keycaps in the box, which means you can either opt for a two-tone gray design for the keyboard’s keycaps, or add some red caps for a bit of flair. And don’t worry, alongside their Tengwar legends most of the keycaps also include a real-world letter or symbol, so you don’t have to literally learn to talk like an Orc to use the keyboard.

Drop’s Black Speech keyboard has a regular MSRP of $199 but is currently listed for $149 on Drop’s website. Looks like keyboards are back on the menu, boys.