How to Pick Keycaps for Your Mechanical Keyboard (2023)

By Christopher Coke

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What matters when buying aftermarket keycaps for your mechanical keyboard?

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Whether you’re building a custom keyboard or just looking to spice up an old favorite, changing keycaps is often the first stop on the way to personalizing your keyboard. It’s also one of the easiest upgrades a fledgling modder can make, requiring only a keycap puller to get started.

But if it’s your first time shopping for aftermarket keycaps, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused about what really matters. Product listings often go into detail on the exact type of plastic used, the way the legends are made or the profile they follow without ever explaining what those different qualities mean. Prices can also vary from the very cheap to more than a whole second keyboard.

After reading this guide, you’ll be able to cut through the noise, know what matters and choose the keycap set that’s right for you and works for your keyboard.

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  • ABS is better for color, PBT is better for longevity. While each type of plastic has fans claiming it’s the best, each has its benefits. ABS plastic is better for showing vibrant colors but is prone to shining with extended use. PBT won’t wear down in the same way but isn’t as colorful and is more susceptible to warping.
  • Doubleshot legends are usually best, but dye-sublimated ones can be good too. Doubleshot keycaps often have crisper legends, due to the injection molding process, but dye-sublimated keycaps can often look great at reduced cost. Look for close-ups of the legends before purchasing.
  • Unless you’re only interested in RGB, avoid thin, laser-engraved keycaps. The cheapest keycaps tend to be thin and backlit with laser-etched legends. These can be great for showing off RGB but are often made from low-quality ABS plastic and don’t feel great to type on.
  • The thicker the keycap, the better. Thick-walled keycaps often feel more solid under the finger and are nicer to type on (up to about 1.5mm).
  • Keycap profile affects sound and feel. Watch typing tests and consider preferences before buying. Taller, spherical keycaps, like those in SA profile, often have a lower-pitched and slightly louder typing sound than shorter, cylindrical ones. SA keycaps can also feel more fatiguing and have a learning curve.
  • Cheap keycap sets aren’t necessarily bad but often struggle with quality control. Amazon and other marketplaces are flooded with cheap keycaps. Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad, but they’re more likely to have quality control issues, like off-center or fuzzy legends. Read reviews when possible and check the vendor’s return policy.

Which keycaps will fit your keyboard?

The first and most important thing to consider when shopping for keycaps is which sets will fit your keyboard. The vast majority of keycaps are designed to fit cross stem switches, which includes Cherry MX and its clones. If the top of your switch looks like a “+” then you’re in luck. If you’re using a Topre keyboard or a keyboard with Logitech’s Romer-G switches, the options are much more limited.

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Most keycap sets are designed to support the “standard” layout shown in the picture above. Even though many keyboards look the same at first glance, pay special attention to the bottom row and modifiers.

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Gaming keyboards, like the picture above, will often shrink the Windows key and increase the size of Ctrl and Alt to make them easier to access in-game.

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Likewise, if your keyboard uses a compact layout, such as the Glorious GMMK Pro (pictured above), keys are often shrunk to achieve the smaller size. This extends beyond the bottom row, so take time to look over the entire board.

If your keyboard uses non-standard keycap sizes, don’t worry! The most affordable aftermarket keycaps often only support standard sizing, but many kits include extra keys for exactly this situation. Look for sizing charts on the product page to ensure the kit you’re considering is compatible with your keyboard.

ABS vs PBT keycaps

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Keycaps are available in two key plastics: ABS or PBT. Both have dedicated fan bases that fervently believe theirs is the best, but each has pros and cons. Neither is absolutely better than the other, but their strengths and weaknesses can make them a better fit for individual users.

ABS, or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is a lightweight thermoplastic. It’s a popular plastic used in products throughout our daily lives, including the cases housing many keyboards. ABS excels at representing bright, vivid colors. It is also the plastic used by GMK and Signature Plastics, the manufacturer of some of the most prized custom keycap sets in the world. ABS keycaps tend to have a higher pitched sound than PBT.

The downside to ABS is that it wears down over time, leaving a shiny gloss on the face of the most used keycaps. This shine can make your prized keycap set look worn sometimes mere months after being installed on a keyboard if it’s used enough.

PBT, also known as Polybutylene Terephthalate, is significantly more dense. As a result, one of the biggest selling points of PBT is that it resists shining, even with extended use and is considered more durable. PBT keycaps also tend to be thicker since they use dye-sublimation for their legends more frequently than ABS.

PBT’s biggest con is that it is unable to achieve the same vibrancy as ABS, so colors tend to be more muted overall. The Spacebar in PBT keycap sets is also more prone to warping during manufacturing, which can interrupt the uniform look of the keyboard or, worse, the functioning of the spacebar. It is rare to see warping reach this level on any but the cheapest PBT sets.

Doubleshot keycaps and other types of legends

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Legends are the letters and symbols that appear on the face of the key, and how they get there is more important that you may think. There are multiple methods manufacturers use for applying legends to save money or increase durability. The most common types, in order of quality are:

  • Pad-printed: This is the most common type of legend printing found on pre-built keyboards but is less common on aftermarket keycap sets, due to lack of durability. Pad printed legends are ink-based and applied directly to the top of the keycap during manufacturing.
  • Laser-engraved: Laser-engraved legends are most often found on keycaps with translucent legends to show RGB backlighting. As its name implies, this uses a laser to engrave the legends on the keycap. This legend is prone to chipping around the edges and staining if it is filled in with a light colored material, (such as to create white legends on black keycaps).
  • Dye-sublimated: Dye-sublimation legends are created by using heat and dye to permanently stain the plastic of the keycap. These legends are very durable and will not wear out over time but can have softer edges, due to the dying process. This type of legend is most common to PBT keycaps due to their reduced wear and tear versus ABS.
  • Doubleshot: Doubleshot keycaps are created by bonding two pieces of plastic for the legend and outer shell of the keycap. When done well, these keycaps are often the most durable and feature the most crisp legends.

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Dye-sublimated and doubleshot keycaps are the best of the four most popular varieties. Quality between the two can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so which is best will vary. When shopping for keycaps, take a close look at the legends to make sure they’re clean and easily legible.

It’s important to note that only laser-etched legends will show RGB backlighting on the letter itself. That said, there are many doubleshot keycaps that use translucent plastic for their legends and will still illuminate. Dye-sublimated keycaps and those with colored legends use opaque plastic throughout their construction, so RGB illumination will be limited to underglow only.

What is a keycap profile, and which is right for you?

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In the world of keycaps, “profile” refers to the shape of each keycap and the contour they create for the whole keyset when installed on the keyboard. A keycap set’s profile directly impacts how familiar it will feel and how comfortable it is to type on, (as well the sound they create: bigger keycaps have a deeper, more hollow sound profile), but should not impact compatibility on most keyboards.

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Keycaps come in two main categories: cylindrical and spherical. Cylindrical keycaps have a “u” shape across their entire surface and usually have flat, angled sides with straight corners. Spherical keycaps have a rounded concave surface, rounded sides and are often much taller.

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While there are many variations on each type, the four main profiles to know about are Cherry, OEM, SA and DSA. Cherry and OEM keycaps are cylindrical and overall very similar, but OEM is slightly taller. OEM profile is very popular on production keyboards, but many find Cherry profile (named after the popular key switch brand) more comfortable because of its lower profile.

SA and DSA keycaps are spherical but are more starkly different. SA keycaps are distinctly vintage and recall the tall, highly contoured keycaps of decades past. DSA is much shorter but when installed as a whole set creates a flat plane for typing. This type of keycap set is referred to as “unsculpted” because of its lack of curvature. Both sets usually involve a slight learning curve since very few pre-made keyboards come with these keycaps.

Other keycap profiles include MT3, ASA and XDA but this just names a few. If you’re new to aftermarket keycaps, we recommend avoiding unsculpted keycap sets, as the lack of contouring can make touch typing more difficult at first. But, like most parts of keyboard customization, it’s really about what style speaks to you the most.

Keycap thickness

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There’s a reason many vendors quote the thickness of their keycaps: thickness matters. How much it matters depends on your personal preferences. Keycaps with thicker walls often feel more solid when bottoming out and have a deeper sound when typing. By comparison, thinner keycaps often feel less substantial and have a higher-pitched typing sound.

On average, keycaps considered thin usually measure about 1mm. Though the trend has begun to change at the flagship level, even many of the best gaming keyboards typically feature keycaps of this thickness. Conversely, enthusiast mechanical keyboards, such as the Ducky Mecha SF, feature thick-walled keycaps closer to 1.5mm. Keycap thickness is one important element to why enthusiast mechanical keyboards often feel noticeably nicer to type on. Generally speaking, standard PBT keycaps tend to be thicker than their ABS counterparts, but doubleshot PBT and doubleshot ABS keycaps tend to be around the same thickness.

One important caveat here is RGB backlighting. Thinner walls allow more light to shine through, leading to brighter, more vibrant illumination.

Is it worth paying extra for high-end keycaps and name brands?

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Brands like GMK and Signature Classics have well-deserved reputations for the high quality of their products but also have high prices to match. Don’t feel like you need to pay exorbitant prices to get a high-quality keycap set. While it’s more likely that you’ll have a great experience by paying extra for these brands due to their exceptional quality control, there are great keycap sets from companies like Mistel (opens in new tab), EnjoyPBT and Akko (opens in new tab) that impress at much more affordable prices.

Will I need anything else to change my keycaps?

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Changing keycaps is easy! All you’ll need to get started is a keycap puller (opens in new tab). There are no mechanical parts to a keycap and they attach with a simple friction-fit to the stem of each switch. To remove them, you fit the wire loop of the keycap puller under each side of the keycap and pull. Putting the new keycap on is even more simple: line up the stem and press down. It’s that easy.

Where can I buy custom keycaps?

There are many places to buy custom keycap sets. Amazon (opens in new tab) has a wide selection, but search tools can make finding what you’re looking for difficult. The same is true of Chinese wholesaler, Banggood (opens in new tab). Keyboard-specific websites like Mechanical Keyboards, KBDFans and KPRepublic also feature a wide array of options often not found on more mainstream sites.

Some of the most highly prized sets are designed by community members and purchased through the group buy system on sites like Geek Hack and Reddit. These sets are often highly themed and produced in limited quantities by companies like GMK, making them quite expensive. Group buying involves paying up front with other community members to fund the production run, then waiting for fulfillment. This process can take months or more and involves significant risk on the buyer’s part, so it’s not something we recommend for newcomers. On the plus side, should the set prove popular, they often grow in value over time.

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Bottom Line

When shopping for aftermarket keycaps, there is only one hard rule: they need to fit your keyboard. From there, it’s all about making that keyboard uniquely your own. If all you care about is looks, it’s easier to get out cheap by buying an affordable ABS set in a color scheme you like. If you’re looking for something more specific or with higher build quality, you’ll have more to consider and probably pay more for the privilege.

No matter which path you choose, decking out your keyboard with a set of custom keycaps is one of the most fun parts of the keyboard hobby and a gateway to the deeper world of keyboard customization.

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  • drajitsh

    A well written article on a contentious and poorly covered topic. It is very much appreciated


  • schwartzasher

    So, the article has some bad misinformation. GMK and Signature Plastics are two different companies, thick keycaps doesn't necessarily mean that the keycaps will be good at all. Hate to break it but ePBT is EnjoyPBT, both the same exact brand. For those that care, Akko keycaps are known for being clones (yes, I know not everyone cares about that). ABS and PBT can have the same sound signature. For ABS vs PBT, take the same thickness keycaps (measure with caliper and you can see same thickness), put them on the same build one after another and it could easily sound the same. Also lots of the plastic keyboards we use today are polycarbonate, so they are not ABS inside the case. If all the boards out there used ABS for their cases, we would see so many shined cases alone. The GK61X, and other equivalents from Royal Kludge, Ducky, Anne and more, are all plastic that isn't ABS or polycarbonate. I am mentioning those as they are the most popular boards to find when someone is looking at a board to switch out from their "gamer" one. I own a set of DCS keycaps, made by Signature Plastics, same place that makes SA keycap profile, and they may be thin but they do feel great. They are a quality feeling keycap that I would actually recommend to people although they are thin. I see that you mentioned with keycap thickness that it depends on your preference of what you like, which I do agree on, but when you mention "Keycaps with thicker walls often feel more solid when bottoming out and have a deeper sound when typing. By comparison, thinner keycaps often feel less substantial and have a higher-pitched typing sound.", this also has to do with the materials of the case to the keyboard, the switches (whether they are lubed or not), and also the materials of the plate used.
    Another thing you mention in the article is a whole bullet point on PBT being better than ABS in longevity. This is not true. If you are only going on keycap shine then that is true. If ABS really wasn't good for longevity then why do lots of the popular gaming brands use it as their stock keycaps.
    You mentioned also Romer G and Topre as two more limited options for finding keycaps. The only options to find for Romer G would be replacement caps just for the gamer buttons. Otherwise, you are stuck using the stock keycaps on a Romer G board.


  • gamebynight

    Thanks for catching a couple of typographical errors. I've requested edits regarding the companies. I'm well aware GMK and SP are different companies and ePBT and EnjoyPBT are the same. I own sets by all three :)

    I think we're getting into the weeds elsewhere, though. ABS vs PBT longevity is related to shine. In terms of wearing out completely, who knows, but one will look worn before the other while potentially costing significantly more.

    Likewise, sound profile is going to vary. However, PBT is a denser plastic and that will impact sound all by itself. The question is by how much. I tested multiple sets on the same board and can clearly hear a difference. That said, I didn't have calipers on hand. Perhaps the caps are 0.1 mm different (visually, on close comparison, they look the same).

    For the feel of thicker keycaps, I stand by my experience. To me, thicker keycaps have always felt more solid under the finger and I know that is echoed by many. You're right that other elements impact that, though. But, tested on the exact same keyboard, thicker keycaps feel more solid and that makes sense when you consider the increased material impact vibrations need to travel through.

    As far as case plastic, sure, there is more than ABS out there. But, there's a lot of ABS. Shine is a result of repeated wear and you do see those cases shine over time, usually where the wrist or palm touches.

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. One of the things I love about this hobby is how nuanced it is!


  • CraigRoss

    Nice article! Recently I love to fun up my keyboard with some artisan keycaps. Ordered a Pokemon keycap from Hirosart a month ago and I'm totally in love with the excellent quality. The only reason is this hobby takes me a lot of money 😬



How do I know which keycaps will fit my keyboard? ›

You can check if a keycap set will fit your mechanical keyboard by checking the layout of your keyboard, knowing the size of special keys such as space, shift, backspace, enter, and the bottom row keys such as Ctrl, Alt, Win, and Fn. Some keyboards need extra keys or smaller keys than a standard layout.

How many keycaps do you need for a 60% keyboard? ›

How Many Keys on a 60% Keyboard. A typical 60% ANSI-derived (American National Standards Institute) layout keyboard has 61 keys on 5 rows.

How many keycaps do you need for a 75% keyboard? ›

75% | 84-keys keyboard | Compact Tenkeyless Keyboard

You may be familiar with the 75% keyboard because most laptops come with a 75% keyboard. The 84 keys layout streamlined the function keys, but kept the commonly used directional keys and F keys.

How many keycaps do I need for a full keyboard? ›

Most modern mechanical keyboards are full sized. A full size uses 104 keys. Tenkeyless is a keyboard without the numberpad. There are 87 keys on a tenkeyless keyboard which makes it 80% of a full sized keyboard.

Does every keycap fit every keyboard? ›

Watch Out for Topre & Alps Keycaps

Unlike MX-style keycaps, sets designed for Topre and Alps keyboards will not fit on a standard board. Keycaps with these stem designs are hard to stumble upon, but you need to know to avoid them if you do not have a board with Topre or Alps switches.

What size is a normal keycap? ›

Keycap width measurement

Keycap width is measured in u, for unit. A typical key cap u is approximately 19mm in width. A standard keycap is 1u, while most spacebars are 6.25u.

Do I need 61 or 88 keys? ›

Most keyboards come with 66, 72, or 88 keys. For a beginner, 66 keys are sufficient for learning to play, and you can play most music on a 72-key instrument. For anyone interested in playing classical piano, however, a full 88 keys are recommended, especially if you plan on one day playing a traditional piano.

Do keycaps fit all switches? ›

Layout: Even if a keyboard has the same switches as another, there is no guarantee of compatibility. Different layouts require different key sizes. Cherry MX popularity is also due to the (relatively) standardised layout, of the 100% (104 key) and 90% (87 key) keyboards.

Are 60% keyboards small? ›

A 60% keyboard is a small keyboard that typically lacks a Numpad, navigational cluster, and a function row. Instead, these buttons are layered as secondary functions on the alphanumeric keys that make up most of the board. These little units are having their moment in the sun right now, and it's easy to see why.

Are 49 keys enough? ›

That's right: 49 keys are enough to get started. Because your instrument is really made up of repeating sets of 12 notes, as long as you have a few sets you will be fine. Obviously, in many cases it would be ideal to have a full 88-key keyboard. But you are not going to fail at piano just because you have fewer keys.

How do I know my keycap size? ›

Manufacturers and designers use “units” to determine keycap size. 1u is typically the horizontal width of an alpha key, like H or Up. Standard spacebars are 6.25u or 6.25 H keys lined up in a row. General layout knowledge is important too.

How many keys is 80%? ›

TKL keyboards may also be called 80% keyboards because they typically have 87 or 88 keys total, which is roughly 80% of the number of keys on a full-sized keyboard depending on the country.

How many keys does a 65% need? ›

A 65% keyboard has roughly 65% of the keys a full-sized keyboard has, with a full-size keyboard with a US layout containing 104 keys including a number pad which many cannot live without, while a 65% will usually have 67 or 68 keys depending on the manufacturer.

What does 2.25 U keycap mean? ›

Remember these: 2u keycap is Backspace. 2.25u keycap is Left Shift or Enter. 2.75u is Right Shift.

What is the most common keycap profile? ›

Material: ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) are the two most common keycap materials. Generally speaking, PBT keycaps are more durable and expensive than ABS keycaps, which are more common and tend to be cheaper.

Is OK to remove keycaps with your hands? ›

To efficiently remove your keycaps, you'll need a keycap puller on-hand. You could use your fingers if you want, but it will be a slow and painful process. We recommend getting a wire keycap puller because they are less likely to scratch the sides of your keycaps.

How many keycaps does a 100% keyboard have? ›

Full-size (100%)

Full-size keyboards. These have 104, 105 or even 108 keys depending on whether you're talking about ANSI (USA), ISO (EU) or JIS (Japan) layouts. Generally the alphanumerics, navigational cluster and number pad are separated horizontally, with the F keys running along the top.

Does it matter what keycaps you buy? ›

Before purchasing your keycap set, it's important to make sure it's compatible with your keyboard's layout and design. If you have a full-sized keyboard, you want to make sure you have a keycap set that enough keys for your entire layout, including the number pad.

What is Clickiest keycaps? ›

The Best Clicky Switches For Your Keyboard
  • Kailh BOX White.
  • Kailh BOX Jade.
  • Kailh Speed Copper (Best for Gaming)
  • NovelKeys Sherbet.
  • Cherry MX Blue/White. Runner-Up: Cherry MX Blue Clones (Outemu, Gateron, etc)

How do you fit a keycap? ›

Pull the keycap out gently from the keyboard using the keycap puller. Push the replacement keycap firmly in place. Note: Some larger keycaps such as the Shift and Enter keys will require stabilizers for a steadier typing experience.

What are the most comfortable keycaps? ›

A Cherry keycap profile is often recognized as one of the most popular designs and best keycap profile. It is known for its comfortability. Engineered with a similar shape to OEM, Cherry keycaps are shorter in size.

Is 61 keys enough for pop? ›

A 61-key piano spans a range of five octaves. Most beginning piano pieces stay safely within a four-octave range. You can also play most pop music and even some classical music using a 61-key keyboard.

Does 88 keys include black? ›

Of the 88 keys found on a full-sized piano, there are 52 white keys and 36 black keys. The white keys are known as natural music notes, while the black keys are sharps and flats. Some of the black keys are also labelled on extended pianos to make it clear to the musician that it is extended.

Can I play all songs on a 61 key keyboard? ›

61 key pianos lack enough octaves to play standard piano repertoire. Anything beyond 5 octaves is going to be unplayable, so forget those Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Waltzes you dreamed of playing! Even with the option to transpose the instrument, there is only so much you can do at a time with a 61 key piano.

Do keycaps affect switch feel? ›

If you want highly customized keycaps, you should expect it to affect the overall keyboard feel. The sound/noise from the keyboard mainly depends on the switch type, but keycaps can affect the sound. ABS keycaps make more noise while typing than PBT keycaps.

Are heavier keycaps better? ›

Heavier keycaps will tend to dampen higher frequency sounds more, so if you want a deeper tone, then yes, a heavy keycap will give you less of the high pitch sound. SA profile caps are not easy to use orings with, though, since they have no crossbar supports.

Is Gateron or Cherry better? ›

As to the overall feel, Gateron switches are smoother and more natural to use than Cherry. The smoother keystroke means there is less friction and Gateron produces slightly less noise than Cherrys do. On top of that, Gateron has lately introduced several brand new switch series for customization.

Should I get 100% keyboard? ›

Full-Sized Keyboard (100%)

Full-sized keyboards are the go-to for people who need to do lots of data entry and require frequent use of the number pad. Full-sized keyboards are standard in offices and is what most people think of when they imagine a keyboard.

Is Ducky a good keyboard brand? ›

Overall, Ducky produces highly customizable keyboards, and you can purchase them in several color variants, giving your gaming setup a unique aesthetic. They have outstanding typing quality, which is great if you also want to use them for the office, and they're very well-made.

Which switches are best for gaming? ›

If you have a switch that feels too heavy, it can become really fatiguing on your fingers after long gaming sessions and keystrokes might feel slow.
  1. Gateron Lekker Switch. Switch type: Linear. ...
  2. OmniPoint Adjustable Switch. ...
  3. Razer Optical Red. ...
  4. Kailh Speed Silver. ...
  5. Cherry MX Speed Silvers. ...
  6. Gateron Red. ...
  7. Cherry MX Red.
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Why do you need 88 keys? ›

So, why do pianos have 88 keys? Pianos have 88 keys because composers wanted to expand the range of their music. Adding more piano keys removed the limits on what kind of music could be performed on the instrument. 88 keys have been the standard since Steinway built theirs in the 1880s.

Is 88 keys full size? ›

Though 88-keys is the full size for pianos, you can get away with a 61 or even a 76-key model of keyboard as a smaller alternative. It's a good idea to choose a model with plenty of sounds, and a great piano sound as a baseline. You should also consider the MIDI capabilities.

How many keys is 40%? ›

40% keyboards typically have 45-50 keys. The most notable characteristic of such keyboards is that they lack both the number row and the function row which allows for more desk space at the cost of requiring the use of often 2 or more Fn keys or equivalents to enter some characters.

How many keys does a 85% keyboard have? ›

87 Key (TENKEYLESS) Standard QWERTY layout (ANSI)

What is the key from 0 to 9 called? ›

Numeric keypad.

The numeric keypad is handy for entering numbers quickly. The keys are grouped together in a block like a conventional calculator or adding machine.

Is 60 keyboard good for gaming? ›

Ah 60% keyboards, this tiny form factor is fantastic for gaming. Its small size with leaves more room for gaming mice to move on your desk, which is especially important if you use low sensitivity for FPS games.

Is Tkl better for gaming? ›

The tenkeyless design is absolutely amazing for gaming, doing away with the numpad give your mouse a lot more room to maneuver and you get little use out of numpad in most gaming situations. This best list will look very similar to our best overall keyboard list as many of those keyboards have a TKL size.

Are 65 keyboards good for gaming? ›

A great 65% keyboard for gaming is going to feel great to type and game on, no questions asked, no rattling, no creaking, no wobbliness at all. It will offer a lot of great switch options and will allow for customization that lets gamers game how they wish.

What makes a good gaming keyboard? ›

If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, focus on durability and performance features like ABS or metal construction, 6-Key Rollover (or higher) for anti-ghosting, and switches rated for 10+ million keystrokes. Features like backlighting and macro keys are nice to have, but not at the expense of performance.

Are thicker keycaps quieter? ›

Thick ABS keycaps produce a softer, quieter sound that a lot of people find pleasing.

Is Cherry the best keycap profile? ›

Cherry profile keycaps are the most comfortable design on the market. They are shorter than the OEM keycaps, but they have a similar structure. Cherry keycaps satisfy all tastes, no matter if used for gaming or typing purposes, mostly because they are comfortable to use.

Does keycap profile affect sound? ›

The most common type out there is OEM which almost all gaming keyboards use, It's a very standard profile and easy to find keycaps in. Different profiles affect the sound that your keyboard makes, so go watch Squashy Boy's video to hear the difference.

Can you take the keycaps on any keyboard? ›

Removing your keycaps is a super simple process that anybody can do! Just follow the simple steps laid out in this guide and you'll remove them in no time. We highly recommend getting a wire keycap puller as it's the easiest to use and won't damage your keycaps like a plastic one will.

Does every keycap fit on every switch? ›

Different companies use different mechanical switches to build their keyboard, and not every switch is compatible with every type of keycap. The most common type of keycaps are for Cherry MX switches, but some companies like Razer have their own colors and names for their switches.

Can you replace keycaps on any keyboard? ›

If you're new to world of mechanical keyboards, you might not know that—like putting new tires on a car—you can swap the keys, or keycaps, on your keyboard.

Can you pull keycaps without a puller? ›

To cover keycaps, use a twisted paper clip or a credit card. You can also use things such as a house key, a knife, or if you have an outdated PC chassis, you can use a PV porthole. The intention is to apply the same pressure in the upward direction on the opposite side of the key.

Should I use a keycap puller? ›

If you can get your fingers between the keys, you can pull them with your fingers. Also, you could use an instrument like a small screwdriver or paper clip. You can even use a binder clip. However, we strongly recommend using a keycap puller to ensure that you don't damage your keyboard or any of its components.

How many switches are needed for a 100% keyboard? ›

Full Size | 100% Keyboards

They have the standard traditional keys, a row of function keys, arrow keys and a full-size number pad. A standard full-size keyboard will usually either have 104 keys or 108 keys including some extra media function keys.

How long is a 6.25 U spacebar? ›

【COMPATIBILITY】This Spacebar is 6.25U,length is about 4.6 inch.


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