Jul 3, 201611213 views

What is the BEST PBT KEYCAP manufacturer?

In light of receiving my first proper ABS set, I am sorely disappointed. The profile, the material, and the feel of the individual keys doesn't do anything for me.
So, In your humble opinion, what is the best PBT Keycap manufacturer?
If the rumors hold any weight, EnjoyPBT and IMSTO are essentially Gateron PBT keycaps, with dyesubs completed by each company respectively. BSP is supposedly the king of PBT.
What do you guys think? Please list the PBT you have tried and which you find to be the best?
Me?
1. Gateron by miles
2. SA DSA (meh, honestly enjoyed #3 more but the "quality" is better)
3. Vortex

<3 Gateron PBT & Cherry profile.
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leopld PD
Young_Won
Are u talkin bout leopold doubleshots?
da-kid
YES : ) PD keycap mean is PBT Doubleshots.
EnjoyPBT because KBDfans has the best customer service. They seem to aborb sound very well.
Muiju
Doesn't sound like advertising at all.
So far I have used Vortex, Varmilo/Leopold and KType PBTs (probably Tai-Hoa) caps.

Varmilo are by far the best. Dunno what it is excactly, but I just love them. The font is timeless and they have a nice texture, sound and feel. I wish they would make double shots.

My Vortex are laser engraved. They are fine for their price, less/ no texture, very smooth, use them at work, pretty loud, but so far noone comlained.

KType caps are well, somethere in the middle, pretty rough texture, bit to much for my taste. I dont like the font and some of the modifier icons, but probably the best shine through PBT available.
Leopold pbt doubleshot keycaps are best in my opinion. The person who used it will know what I mean.
leomilo
I will try em soon. I’ve heard only good things about these caps. The only thing that it lacks imo, is compatibility
The PBT caps that came with my varmilo (dye-subbed gray) are still the best feeling caps I own, and I own GMK, Maxkey, and SP. Can't speak for the Gaterons though.
Much time has passed since my last post and I now have four Gateron/EnjoyPBT blank keysets: Black, Dark Gray, Milk White, and Ghost White. They're now my favorite because OEM profile was muffling Zealios' wonderful tactility. Like Pokemon, get'em all and mix to fit your taste and mood. You need labels? Write on them with Shapie. You can remove them with soap & water. I used isopropyl alcohol without problems.
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superdon
OP HERE. Second this.
My collection grew by 1 a few days ago: Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey. CYMK blanks and dyesubs too. Ultimately, I want the milk and white as well... in addition to a dyesub set ... or 8.
bmilcs
Where did you get the Light Grey? Neither mechanicalkeyboards.com nor kbdfans had them last time I checked. Meanwhile, I'm thinking about ordering extra Black and Milk White keysets because they look so good.
Hot Dog! I can't believe this thread is still active. I started it, what seems like, years ago.
Anyone try any of the keyreative sets on zfrontier? Their pretty much all PBT with dye sub legends. I've been tempted to order a set.
Why not make a poll of this? I'd like to see the results!
I have two blank Gateron/EnjoyPBT keysets. They are indeed thick and well made but top surface felt rougher and sounds flimsier than I expected.

My best keyset is PBT OEM Profile that came with Poker 3. Same thickness but top surface texture feels smoother, allowing my fingers to glide more easily. I prefer OEM over Cherry due to extra height and weight so end result is very pleasing. Disclaimer: I do not know if keysets Vortex sells is of same quality as one that ships with Poker 3 or not.
superdon
> My best keyset is PBT OEM Profile that came with Poker 3

Now I can't await to finally get the Pok3r from MD's last drop in my hands... ;-)
I've a lot of PBT key caps. But my favorite caps are those from Leopold and the old Ducky caps. They are thick PBT caps.
For me I'd have to go with Gateron/enjoyPBT for my fav PBT sets. I have a blue/red Hangul & black/red Hangul set that I absolutely love. Leopold's stock PBT caps would get my runner up since, well, pad printing. :( The older Vortex PBT caps are pretty nice too but they have changed their moulds since I have gotten my Vortex shine through set. My set has very similar thickness to my ePBT sets but the newer vortex PBT sets I have seen have a thickness closer to Tai-Hao's PBT sets.

OG Cherry is most likely the best but I have yet to actually get my hands on a set of them. BSP is another manufacturer that I always hear people praising, but just like OG Cherry they are very hard to find. The last one I'll mention is NKPC which is a more affordable & readily available option, but has a pretty high quality from what I hear.
Rob27shred
I asked BSP about doing some custom ISO keyset for me, but they stopped doing dyesubs several years ago.
They can sell only blank PBT caps.