What is the BEST PBT KEYCAP manufacturer?
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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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thumb_upKomplexx, XiK, and 6 others
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donutholer
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Feb 10, 2019
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probably dyesubs
Feb 10, 2019
bmilcs
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Dec 25, 2018
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What I'd ideally like to find is a EnjoyPBT/Gateron-quality PBT keycap that has a rougher, almost bumpy surface.
Dec 25, 2018
Young_Won
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Mar 19, 2018
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leopld PD
Mar 19, 2018
da-kid
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Apr 9, 2018
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Are u talkin bout leopold doubleshots?
Apr 9, 2018
Young_Won
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Apr 10, 2018
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YES : ) PD keycap mean is PBT Doubleshots.
Apr 10, 2018
Muiju
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Mar 14, 2018
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EnjoyPBT because KBDfans has the best customer service. They seem to aborb sound very well.
Mar 14, 2018
bmilcs
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Mar 17, 2018
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Doesn't sound like advertising at all.
Mar 17, 2018
Flowshi
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Jan 20, 2018
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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.
Jan 20, 2018
leomilo
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Jan 17, 2018
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Leopold pbt doubleshot keycaps are best in my opinion. The person who used it will know what I mean.
Jan 17, 2018
da-kid
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Apr 9, 2018
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I will try em soon. I’ve heard only good things about these caps. The only thing that it lacks imo, is compatibility
Apr 9, 2018
The-Slunk
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Jan 14, 2018
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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.
Jan 14, 2018
superdon
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Jan 14, 2018
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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.
Jan 14, 2018
bmilcs
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Mar 17, 2018
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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.
Mar 17, 2018
superdon
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Mar 18, 2018
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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.
Mar 18, 2018
bmilcs
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Sep 22, 2017
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Hot Dog! I can't believe this thread is still active. I started it, what seems like, years ago.
Sep 22, 2017
yanfali
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Sep 22, 2017
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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.
Sep 22, 2017
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