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View Full Discussion Since my Granite set with ergodox modifiers won't be shipping til about a month after my ergodox, I was planning on using my DSA Dolch keycaps. However, I know I will need modifiers for non-alphanumerics. If I bought an ergodox modifier set from http://pimpmykeyboard.com/dsa-pbt-abs-blank-keycap-sets/ should I try to get ABS? I'm assuming the PBT keycaps would be slightly different? Also, would the height be the same as the Dolch set? I'd assume so considering their profile, but still.
PBT and ABS are two different types of plastic. PBT is a bit stronger and will stand up to wear for longer, but has a tendency to warp while cooling. ABS is very slightly softer, and will take on a kind of shine over time, but tends to hold it's shape better while cooling. Overall, there will be very little initial noticeable difference, unless your sense of touch is highly sensitive, and you have the two side by side. Dolsch is an ABS set, so I'd stick with that for consistency. Height wise, there will be only slight differences, the keys will come out of identical molds.
You'll hear other keyboard enthusiasts saying that PBT is clearly superior and such, but I've got the two side by side and can barely tell the difference, other than they sound different when I spill them out on the table. I definitely wouldn't say that one feels clearly better. At this point, the PBT vs ABS thing seems to be taking on something of a religious fervor, and I'd discount the lot of it. Either way, under normal use (for a programmer), the keycaps will outlive the switches they sit on by years.
Thanks! Yeah, I like my other PBT sets I just wanted to make sure the keys would be fairly consistent with the Dolch set.