Drop + Invyr Holy Panda

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Tactile
Mount Type: Plate Mount
Price: $85 (70 pieces)
$105 (90 pieces)
$125 (110 pieces)


The Holy Panda is possibly the most well-known frankenswitch in the mechanical keyboard community. This is all thanks to Quakemz of Top Clack who discovered them.

Frakenswitch – A switch made from other parts of another switch.

In this case, the Holy Panda comprises of a stem from a Halo True or a Halo Clear switch and the housing of an Invyr Panda. The spring is also usually from the Invyr Panda switch.

Currently, if you want to get your hands on the Holy Panda, Drop offers them on their website as the Drop + Invyr Holy Panda Mechanical Switches. Do bear in mind that ”As the original tooling is too damaged to make a new run, this batch will be made with updated tooling.” – Drop. So, these aren’t the “OG” Pandas from back in the day.

Another thing worth mentioning is their price on the Drop website. They are $85 for 70 pieces, $105 for 90 and $125 for 110. If that sounds expensive, it is. They are one of the pricier MX based switches.


Here’s the video review if you prefer watching content:

TL;DR

They’re very very very close when it comes to pure performance. So, if you care about price to performance, buy the Feker Panda.

However, if you have the money, buy the Drop + Invyr Holy Panda. Just understand they’re over twice the price for a negligible performance difference.

Smoothness: 7/10

On-centre keypresses are very smooth for some switches, but not so for others. There’s a wide range of smoothness levels, but they’re only noticeable during very slow keypresses.

Off-centre keypresses can range from average to decent to very scratchy depending on which switch is pressed, especially during slow keypresses. It’s quite disappointing to see this given a single switch cost more than $1.

Overall, compared to a lot of switches on the market, I would still consider these to be more on the smooth side rather than the scratchy side. But it does fall short when compared to the Feker Panda (the fake Holy Panda) which are noticeably smoother and cheaper overall.


Drop + Invyr Holy Panda switch disassembled
Drop + Invyr Holy Panda switch disassembled.

Weighting: 9/10

According to Drop, these switches have a 67g spring (this is the bottom-out force), but there is zero mention regarding actuation distance, actuation force, peak tactile force or total travel – all of which are important information when deciding to buy any switch, let alone one that costs more than the average. C’mon Drop, add these in!

With that said, the weighting is on point and I couldn’t feel an ounce of inconsistency as they all felt very consistent across the board. Although, they still aren’t as floaty in feel compared to the Cherry MX Clear which I love so much; weighting wise anyway.

Additionally, these switches don’t have pre-travel before the tactile bump which I prefer, but some may not.

Overall, these are excellently weighted. It’s up there with the most comfortable switches to type on. For some, this is definitely worth the price. It’s still a bit too much for me though.

Sound: 7/10

The Holy Panda, whether it’s the OG or the ones from Drop, they tend to lean towards a more thocky sound signature.

However, since my build tends to bring out the clackiness in switches, these Holy Pandas sounded… clacky. Unsurprisingly. That’s not to say they are worse or bad sounding in any way, but they certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste. I don’t mind them though; I think they sound pretty good as a clacky switch 🙂

A small nit-pick would be the very subtle spring ping that you sometimes hear when typing at speed, but it’s basically a non-issue for 99% of people.

Overall, they’re a nice and clacky sounding switch. Plus, they’re Holy Pandas. If you’re not modding these to your liking, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Typing Performance: 9/10

You’d expect nothing less, but perfection for a switch in such a high price bracket. And the Drop Holy Pandas deliver…almost.

Compared to the Feker Pandas, the Drop Holy Panda isn’t as snappy tactility wise, but they’re very close and the average person probably wouldn’t notice the difference unless they had both switches side by side.

In terms of weighting, the Drop Holy Pandas definitely edge out the Feker Pandas. The consistency of Drop Holy Pandas is ‘out of this world’. The Fekers simply can’t quite compete.

Overall, even though these score above the Fekers, I still wouldn’t recommend them because of the price. They just aren’t worth double the money. Buy the Feker Panda instead; your wallet will thank you later.

Gaming Performance: 9/10

Just like for typing, these are also excellent switches for gaming.

Let me start with the upsides first. In faster paced games like Team Fortress 2 (TF2), the switches performed extremely well just like Feker Pandas. It’s weighting consistency really helped it here.

However, it wasn’t as smooth compared to the Fekers which meant the Drop Holy Pandas didn’t perform as well in slower paced games like Hitman 2. But that doesn’t mean they’re completely unusable, it’s just disappointing given their price. Luckily, I only score based on performance and NOT price to performance.

Overall, I’m aware that I may have made these sound as if they’re 10x worse than the Fekers, but in reality, they aren’t. They perform very similarly, but I expected the ‘real deal’ to at least beat the fake ones.

Final Score = 41/50 (82%)

 

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