Keycaps and Accessories
What are keycaps?
Keycaps are the removable plastic keys that cover the individual keyboard switches. From F1 to Del, these keys can be replaced quickly and easily with specially designed keycap kits which allow you to create an aesthetic masterpiece.
As a gamer, the keyboard is your sword, your shield and one of the most important peripherals you will own. Just as a professional athlete has custom equipment built for them, you should have a keyboard that is perfectly suited to your requirements. Accessorise your keyboard with a wide variety of keycaps, noise dampening o-rings and other mechanical keyboard enhancements to take your gaming to the next level.
In the early 1970’s, IBM developed the first mechanical keyboard. They based the tactile feel and sound on the humble typewriter ensuring they felt familiar to use. This meant the transfer from one to the other was seamless.
Keycap customisation is very much a personal choice. Some keycaps are transparent to allow for the ambient backlighting to shine through whereas others have a textured, rubberised or even metallic look/feel that make certain keys stand out.
In addition to this, you can buy single or double-shot injected varieties and even o-rings to dampen the sound generated from each keystroke.
Keycaps are commonly made out of either ABS or PBT. PBT is widely believed to be superior over ABS due to its stiffness and durability (i’d recommend against the hammer test) plus the colour of PBT keycaps stays true and won’t develop a gloss effect. Have a look at your keyboard, you will likely find some shiny-looking keys - if so, you have ABS keycaps. The sounds of these two plastics are also a little different. When typing you will notice a lower thumpier sound with the PBT’s whereas the ABS keycaps are higher-toned and clickier.
One key accessory to have when using mechanical keyboards is compressed air spray which will help keep your keyboard free of debris. Due to the mechanical design, food and fluff likes to pool under the keys so the occasional blow down will keep your keyboard fresh and clean.
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