Types of Keycaps
There are several different types of keycaps on the market. Which one you choose depends on your preferences for feel and sound. Most keycaps are made of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS. They are the most inexpensive type, and tend to be quieter than their PBT counterparts.
ABS and PBT keycaps are very durable. However, these types of keycaps require more care than their ABS counterparts. While ABS keycaps are smooth and usually do not require painting, they tend to feel greasy and moist over time. On the other hand, PBT and rubber keycaps tend to have a rougher surface and will not turn shiny or become greasy like their ABS counterparts.
Keycaps can also differ in shape and color. Some are made of two layers of plastic, which makes them more durable. Double shot keycaps also feature crisp legends, but the quality of the legends on these keys is variable. ABS is the most common plastic used to make keycaps. Its manufacturing process is easier than PBT, but it makes for a slightly moist keycap that is difficult to clean.
Different types of keycaps offer different typing experience. Some have shorter profiles, while others are longer and smoother. These features make it easier for users to type. For example, Cherry keycaps have an OEM profile, while SA profiles are shorter. If you’re a touch-typist, you can choose between an SA or an XDA profile.
RBG backlit keyboards are a popular gaming setup. However, if you want to avoid the glare of RGB backlighting, you can opt for dye-sublimated keycaps. This type of keycap allows light to shine through and is also generally more durable than its ABS counterpart.
Cherry keycaps are one of the most common and most popular keycaps on the market. They are sculpted, so they are slightly shorter than OEM profile keys. They are comfortable and easy to adjust to. Cherry keycaps are made from a variety of materials, including PBT and ABS.
While most keycaps are cylindrical, older keyboards may have a spherical shape. Sculptured keycaps are an increasingly popular option. Both the shape and the material of the keycaps will affect your gaming experience. Make sure to pick the right one for your keyboard and your style.
The best type of keycap for gaming is one that offers the best comfort and response. Cherry keycaps offer comfort while typing and decrease stretching. However, it is important to experiment with different types of keycaps before making a final decision. You may even want to try an optical or low-profile switch.
Another important difference between ABS and PBT keycaps is their profile. Typically, PBT keycaps have the same height as their ABS counterparts, but are more difficult to design fonts on them. Both types of keycaps have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, PBT keycaps tend to be less durable, but they can still be used for gaming.