Drop CTRL V2 review: sturdy mechanical keyboard is comfortable, understated

I just wish it had a numpad...

A black Drop CTRL V2 keyboard on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

Understated but refined, the Drop CTRL V2 is a premium mechanical keyboard aimed at office pros and creatives. With up to 8 layers of key mapping and lots of internal design touches to maximise the typing comfort, the CTRL V2 takes a successful keyboard and evolves it nicely. The accompanying software is simple but easy to navigate, and the customisable RGB lighting is vivid without being garish. It isn't the cheapest, though, and I would have liked a numpad, but it was probably already heavy enough...

For

  • Mmm, cushy typing experience
  • Fantastic key-mapping capability
  • Solid and sturdy build

Against

  • Built like a tank, heavy like a tank
  • More expensive than some rivals
  • No numpad boooo

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As an incurable fan and longtime user of mechanical keyboards, I perked up when I unboxed the new Drop CTRL V2 keyboard. Greeting me was a beautifully simple rectangular frame with tall grey and black PBT keycaps mounted on satisfyingly "thockety" Drop Holy Panda X clear switches from a company that's now Corsair-adjacent (it became part of the Corsair family in 2023), and I couldn't wait to get it connected to see if it rivalled the best mechanical keyboards out there right now. 

And after a couple of months with it, using it for daily work on Creative Bloq, creative hobbies and after-hours gaming, I've come away mostly delighted, as you'll see in this Drop CTRL V2 review.

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Switch type:Gateron Yellow KS3 Switches (linear) or Drop Holy Panda X Clear Switches (tactile)
Layout:Tenkeyless (TKL),
Number of keys:87
Compatible OS:Windows/MacOS
Connection mode:USB-C
Software:Drop Keyboard COnfigurator
Dimensions:36.83 x 13.95 x 3.32 cm
Weight:1,084g
The Verdict
4.05

out of 10

Drop CTRL V2 review: sturdy mechanical keyboard is comfortable, understated

Understated but refined, the Drop CTRL V2 is a premium mechanical keyboard aimed at office pros and creatives. With up to 8 layers of key mapping and lots of internal design touches to maximise the typing comfort, the CTRL V2 takes a successful keyboard and evolves it nicely. The accompanying software is simple but easy to navigate, and the customisable RGB lighting is vivid without being garish. It isn't the cheapest, though, and I would have liked a numpad, but it was probably already heavy enough...

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.