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Offline kbuild

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Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« on: Sat, 16 January 2021, 07:13:44 »
I decided to build a keyboard instead of buying one because I just can't find one that I truly like... So I delved deep into everything keyboard!

So far I've been using standard keycaps of Ducky Shine 3 and some new model of Shine (tried at a friend's). They're fine. But if I'm building a keyboard, I want to choose great keycaps, not fine keycaps.

What are my choices? I know that PBT is the material I should go for as opposed to ABS. I don't think there are any other materials that are any better?

I'm getting GMMK plate, so I only need keycaps and switches. That's the cheapest option and it seems to be well built. I'd prefer a bit different layout but that would raise the price by extra 150-200 because I'd need to get a casing, plate, etc separately. I'm going for their TKL option. I couldn't stand ISO format because of my typing style, so I'm going for ANSI.

I know there are different keycap profiles but I have no possibility to try them: OEM, Cherry, DSA, XDA, SA. But I really don't know which ones I should get and why - I've heard that SA is a good choice, and Cherry and OEM are the standard ones.

I'm going with clicky Kailh switches if it matters. And the GMMK plate will have LED, although I'm not 100% if I want to use it or not. I probably will because I like low lighting in my work room. Although high contrast keycaps might work too - I really love the old school keyboards. I haven't decided yet.

What are your suggestions? Any other materials? Which profile? Anything else that would help me choose keycaps?

Additionally, I've been having a hard time finding keycaps to buy within the EU (excluding UK) - customs add 50% to the price, and I'd prefer to not spend more than 50 on keycaps.
« Last Edit: Sat, 16 January 2021, 07:16:09 by kbuild »

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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 16 January 2021, 07:28:56 »
Candykeys.com is out of Frankfurt.

As for the rest, it's personal preference.  I prefer OEM or Cherry profile.  I only use PBT as I hate how ABS feels once it is shiny. 

FYI, Amazon in the US has a decent selection, you may find the same by you. 

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Offline rinkaan

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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 19 January 2021, 05:03:59 »
If you don't want to spend too much starting off and like the old school look, maybe u would like the retrovibe of durgod fusion in the Nintendo - esque red black cream colorway

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Offline rinkaan

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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 19 January 2021, 05:09:55 »
Maybe drop ALT if u want hotswap and a 65% layout.
Alternatively you can always buy kbdfans. They have various models that are more budget friendly.
Other Chinese vendors that carry xd65 are also options you can consider.

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Offline JohnWoodward

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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 29 January 2021, 04:03:22 »
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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 29 January 2021, 10:27:23 »
Candykeys has the EPBT Spectrum set ready to order. Base is 109.

Offline Rx003

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Re: Help me choose new keycaps + where to buy in EU?
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 19 February 2021, 02:02:31 »
Candykeys.com or best bet would be after market in reddit. In any cases good luck with this I hope you can get one!  :thumb: :thumb: