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timmehhd
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Sep 15, 2016
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And I saw previous comments but didn't quite understand, so would standard Cherry MX key caps work since I got mx Browns? (New to mechs)
Sep 15, 2016
IainDonald
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Sep 15, 2016
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Yes, Cherry MX key caps are compatible with all Cherry MX and Gateron switches.
Sep 15, 2016
timmehhd
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Sep 15, 2016
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Thanks for replying, but I saw something about the lshift key being a different size or something?
Sep 15, 2016
moukimokyu
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Sep 15, 2016
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This board, on the last two rows to accommodate the arrow keys, has a non-standard layout. (A standard layout for 60% is what the Pok3r has https://www.massdrop.com/buy/vortex-poker-iii-compact-keyboard). However, the keycaps aren't non-standard sizes themselves (i.e. you should be able to replace them fairly easily with a bit of hunting and ingenuity). Places like WASD Keyboards will sell you specific ABS keycaps printed or blank (http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products.html), or you can mix and match the default caps with another set, or buy two of the same set but one with blanks so you can sub in the outliers etc (it's like a problem-solving exercise which is probably why I don't mind it that much lol). When popular Signature Plastics keycap sets get sold here on Massdrop, like Granite or Dolch DSA, getting an extra pack or two of non-standard modifiers and blanks should fulfil compatibility, though you'll have to double-check dimensions to be certain. You also have to take row height into consideration when buying keycaps of OEM, DCS, SA and Cherry profile - the two rows affected are the same height, Row 4 (Row 1 at WASD keyboards: https://deskthority.net/wiki/Keyboard_profile), unless you're okay with some keys being different heights than the ones next to them (some people are, and that's fine). DSA from Signature Plastics is a flat profile where all the keycaps are the same height which makes it much easier to use on non-standard layout boards.
1u represents the size of a regular keycap like F or J. A reminder that both rows are Row 4 height (referred to as Row 1 for WASD profile, Row B for Cherry profile):
SECOND LAST ROW: Right shift is 2u (standard is 2.25u). You can replace it with the 0/Ins key from a full 104/108 keyboard set (bottom row of the numberpad) which is also 2u, and the correct row height to boot. Followed by 13x1u. BOTTOM ROW: 3x standard 1.25u, spacebar is standard 6.25u, then 5x1u
So you will need a 2u for the right shift and 4 extra 1u keycaps for left Shift, PN, FN and left Ctrl (disregarding arrow keys which are standard in full-size keycap sets), all of Row 4 height, to complete the board.
(I apologise if this is too long or too much to mull over just before the end of the drop, but I wanted it to be fairly exhaustive :D)
Sep 15, 2016
timmehhd
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Sep 15, 2016
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Thanks for the long and detailed response! I dropped out cause the stagger on the last row was just ultimately unappealing to me.
Sep 15, 2016
Max_McCall
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Sep 19, 2016
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do you have the right and left shifts mixed up
Sep 19, 2016
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