13 Best Keycaps: An Expert Guide for Buyers

13 Best Keycaps: An Expert Guide for Buyer’s

Let’s face the need for the best keycaps for your dream mechanical keyboard.
Getting a new set of keycaps is one of the best ways to take the feel of your keyboard. I brought an expert guide to help you choose the perfect keycap sets you may need.

13 Best keycaps Sets

Explore the world of keycaps where colors, shapes, and materials collide, as the ideal choice for your mechanical keyboard

1. Epomaker Marrs Keycap Set

Epomaker Marrs Keycap Set

keycap material: Double Shot  High-Quality PBT Material

keycap profile: Cherry 

keycap Description: The unique look of this keycap sets a special place in my heart, The elegant double shot gives it a stunning look plus the cherry profile. I am personally a big fan of this set and the price is also around (check price) it was quite cheap though considering the quality, and the looks.

2. Epomaker Kitty Keycaps Set

Epomaker Kitty Keycaps Set

keycap material: PBT

keycap profile: XDA 

keycap Description: The unique theme of this special keyboard is your beloved kitty if you have one. To be honest, it gives me a female vibe when I use it! Talking about its profile the XDA is taller than the DSA and it is also available at different layouts such as 60%/75%/80%, TKL, or full-size keyboard. Talking about the price it comes with  (check price ).

3. GMK DUALSHOT® 2 KEYCAPS (CYL)

GMK DUALSHOT® 2 KEYCAPS (CYL)

keycap material: ABS Plastic

keycap profile: CYL

keycap Description:  I love this type of keycap, it more simpler and more reliable, typing experience, and the sound are quite good. Those custom keycaps give an extra vibe to the desk environment, the only downside of this keyboard is the price (check price)

4. Switchlab Sakuya Keycap Set Dye-sub PBT

Switchlab Sakuya Keycap Set Dye-sub PBT

keycap material: PBT Dye Sub

keycap profile: Cherry

keycap Description:  There is a saying that simplicity equals efficiency, this is an example of that! For me, it’s one of the most favorite keycap sets I have ever had! As with me if you choose to be simple but effective this keycap set is made for you. Talking about the price like other PBT keycaps it is also a little higher (check price)

5. PBTfans Pelican Keycap Set Doubleshot ABS

PBTfans Pelican Keycap Set Doubleshot ABSkeycap material: ABS 

keycap profile: Cherry 

keycap Description: One of the most demanding keyboard keycaps right now, and it is almost sold out this keycap gives a satisfying typing experience. Every click feels so special those unique colors make the keyboard more stunning. Talking about price (check price) it’s a little high the valid reason I find that it is fully handmade

6. PBTfans Ronin Keycap Set Doubleshot ABS

PBTfans Ronin Keycap Set Doubleshot ABS

keycap material: ABS

keycap profile: Cherry

keycap Description: The first impression I got from this keycap set is the Ghost of Tsushima. It took me to the bold storyline and the tremendous breadth and beauty. As it is made of cherry it needs no wait to make you addicted to its build quality. Comparing the build quality and the look of this keycap set (check price) price may be a lot cheaper than the previous one

7. JTK Shuten-Doji Keycap Set Double/Tripleshot ABS

JTK Shuten-Doji Keycap Set Double/Tripleshot ABS

keycap material: ABS

keycap profile: Cherry

keycap Description: To be honest the first impression was is it Keychron? but the Japanese version. According to their website, it is inspired by the Shuten-dōji a legendary creature from Japanese folklore. The cherry profile gives the perfect finish to this keyboard. the price (check price)  may seem fair enough in the case of the build quality.

8. YMDK Carbon Sidelit 134 Keycaps

YMDK Carbon Sidelit 134 Keycapskeycap material: PBT

keycap profile: OEM

keycap Description: This keyboard gives a stylish vibe as the first-hand experience, it comes with a standard 108/tkl/61/96/84/wkl layout. As it using OEM things need to be considered that if you use it with a cherry profile, please note that.Because handling feelings will be so different in this situation. At the price tag (check price) it’s fair enough to spend on it.

9. DROP + REDSUNS GMK RED SAMURAI KEYCAP SET

DROP + REDSUNS GMK RED SAMURAI KEYCAP SET

keycap material: ABS

keycap profile: Cherry

keycap Description:  Another samurai version keycap set, the stunning color of this double-shot keycap won’t disappoint you. Cherry profile plus the MX compatibility are also a plus point, The user experience was quite good, and the price (check price) little high

10. Ducky Hardcap Horizon PBT Keycaps

Ducky Hardcap Horizon PBT Keycaps

keycap material: PBT

keycap profile: OEM (Cherry Mx  Compatible)

keycap Description: The first thing you will notice is that it comes with an OEM profile, so keep it noted what I said before(it may feel different if you use it with a cherry handling experience completely different. The color feels bright and the quality is good and talking about the price (check price) it’s fair enough!

11. DROP DSA ASTROLOGERS KEYCAPS BY SAILORHG & CASSIDOO

DROP DSA ASTROLOKEYS KEYCAPS BY SAILORHG & CASSIDOO

keycap material: ABS

keycap profile: DSA

keycap Description: This stunning keycap set comes with the double shot ABS, compatible with Cherry MX switches and stems. The build quality and look were quite impressive. As much as you use you will fall in love with this keyboard. The typing experience was impressive and the price (check price) was also decent based on this keycap

12. MATT3O NERD DSA KEYCAP SET

MATT3O NERD DSA KEYCAP SET

keycap material: PBT 

keycap profile: Dye-sublimated legends

keycap description: This eye-catching keycap set comes with the layout of Tenkeyless, Winkeyless, 75%, 65%, and 60%, you have the option to choose as you want to set up in your desktop environment, these keycaps are good even though the numpad also insist you to make special. As per the website, it’s trending keycaps right now the price may vary sometimes (check price) keep an eye on it.

13. AlohaKB Low Tea Keycap Set Dye-Sub PBT

keycap material: PBT

keycap profile: Cherry

keycap Description: To be honest this keycap reminds me to take another cup of tea. As it comes with a cherry profile it won’t disappoint your typing experience, build quality, and look as you see it more realistic when you see in your eyes, the price also seems reasonable (check price ) compared to other 

ABS Keycaps VS PBT Keycaps

PBT VS ABS KeycapsMaterial of Keycaps tend to be made from ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or PBT (polybutylene terephthalate), two different types of plastic Cheaper ABS keycaps are tend to thinner and sound louder when I type; they’re also prone to wear and to become smooth and shiny with use. Keycaps made of PBT tend to be more expensive but are thicker and more durable for long use.

Double Shot keycaps

Double-shot keycaps

Double-shot keycaps are a type of keycap used in mechanical keyboards. They are designed to enhance the durability and aesthetics of the keycap legends by using a special molding process.

  1. Durability: Because the legends are a separate layer of plastic, they won’t wear off over time, even with heavy usage.

  2. Aesthetic Appeal: The two-layer construction allows for vibrant and long-lasting keycap legends, providing a visually pleasing appearance.

  3. Backlighting: Double-shot keycaps are popular in backlit mechanical keyboards because the translucent legends allow LED or RGB lighting to shine through, creating a visually striking effect.

Double-shot keycaps are often found in high-quality mechanical keyboards and are favored by enthusiasts and gamers for their combination of aesthetics, durability, and backlighting compatibility.

Triple Shot keycaps 

Trippleshot-keycap

Different keycap manufacturers offer various designs, colors, and themes with triple-shot keycaps, allowing keyboard enthusiasts to customize the look of their keyboards to their liking. These keycaps are often used to create eye-catching and customized mechanical keyboard setups.

  1. Base Layer: The first shot creates the base layer of the keycap, which is typically a solid color. This is the main background color of the keycap.

  2. Second Layer: The second shot is used to create the legends or designs on the keycap. This is typically a different color from the base layer. The legends are what’s printed on the keycap to indicate the character or symbol associated with that key.

  3. Third Layer: The third shot is used to create a protective or transparent layer that covers the second shot. This layer not only adds durability but also creates a distinct look because it appears to be “floating” on top of the second layer. It can also be a different color from the first two layers.

Triple-shot keycaps are popular among mechanical keyboard enthusiasts because they offer a unique and visually appealing appearance. The multiple layers provide a 3D effect, and the legends are very durable since they’re embedded within the keycap, rather than being surface printed.

Keyboard Size/Layout

keyboard layout size

Mechanical Keyboards come in all shapes and sizes these days – it can get confusing trying to tell them apart! The most popular options are the Full-Size with 104 keys, the more compact TKL (TenKeyLess) with 87 keys, and the ultra-portable 60% keyboards with 68 keys. 

It’s like the Goldilocks of keyboards – Full-Size is too big for some people, 60% is too small for others, and TKL is just right for folks in between. As the keyboard gets smaller, certain parts get chopped off. Say goodbye to the number pad and home cluster on a TKL. The 60% say see ya later to the function row, arrows, and number keys too. There are even more exotic sizes like 75%, 65%, and 40% keyboards for people who want to reclaim desk space. Itty bitty little things!

So in summary – a bigger keyboard, more keys, and functions. Smaller keyboard, more portability. 

Why are Keycaps important?

When the topic is about mechanical keyboards, it’s obvious that keycaps will play a vital role in this plot. Again keycaps are more impactful on sound, feel, look, and the overall experience of the board. Keycaps not only determine your typing experience but also determine your gaming experience and your satisfaction per click.

Do keycaps matter in gaming?

keycaps gaming

Keycap profiles are an important aspect of mechanical keyboards and can have a significant impact on your gaming. For say choosing the best keycaps ensures that you don’t need to give extra pressure to the keyboard for the perfect response

Are Custom Keycaps worth it?

custom-keycaps

I hope it won’t surprise you that you can even find handmade keycaps for your mechanical keyboard. It is even possible to print a custom image on those keycaps. That may cost a little extra but it looks so cool, no more saying you can flex that to your friend.

When you’re spending 150$ for your dream mechanical keyboard it’s pretty normal to spend 50$ to make it more efficient!

But if you have a keyboard worth not much, why not spend around 20-30$ to make it sound like those keyboards that are under 200$?

Best Keycaps Profile for Typing?

For example, a flat or uniform profile may feel strange if you’ve never used one before. So If you’re looking to improve your typing speed, try exploring the world of custom keycaps, and find out which one makes you feel comfortable. If you are a programmer, and looking for your day-to-day working keyboard, I wrote a blog about (Expert Guide to Purchase Mechanical Keyboard For Programmer

Best Keycaps profile for Gaming?

keycap-profile

Let’s face that,  you have your keycaps set to improve your gaming skills. In that case, you might need to focus on those keycaps which feel not only comfortable but also responsive. And making sure that you won’t need extra time to handle those brand-new keycaps.

In the real-life scenario, Cherry Profile is the most efficient for crafting the gaming experience. My recommendation is the Cherry;

Cherry swtiches

The reason that I vote for Cherry is because –

1. It’s popular

2. Readily available 

3. Tactical switches that are good for most task

4.  Far good enough to do most of the office work

To be honest, keycaps won’t make you a pro player, well that’s a case of another story(A Guide to Becoming a Pro Player). 

Another tip that I can give as your favorite guide, you may try the low-profile switches, which will decrease the distance and improve the response when entering a keystroke. Another thing this won’t help you in typing!

Is your Mechanical Keyboard compatible with your keycaps?

 Above all, you should keep in mind that your keyboard supports your best keycaps.

Conclusion

As the journey of 13 Best Keycaps: An Expert Guide for Buyers about ends:
Purchasing the best keycaps may take your satisfaction to the peak level.

There is a high chance that it becomes your next hobby, like mine

I hope this blog post helps you in your thoughts of finding keycaps for your ultimate dream keyboard mod. 

It will be an honor if you share your thoughts in the comment section,

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