ABS or PBT?
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Ah the ancient keyboard argument what keycap material is better ABS or PBT. lets run through what makes each of these plastics special
ABS
  • cheaper
  • smooth
  • shiny (depending on the caps)
  • easily smudge able (depending on the quallity)
  • usually thinner

PBT
  • More expensive
  • textured
  • matte or semi matte
  • usually cannot smudge
  • generally thicker
Both PBT and ABS can have double-shot legends applied to them and both have been used in high quality sets.
Dasher and Dancer (ABS)

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Granite (PBT)

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So who wins? Well I sure don't know but you probably do and I want your opinions so please post which plastic is better AND what set you love most made from that plastic. :3
Or if you like POM caps that's cool too.
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Paperdragons
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Mar 26, 2020
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The funny part is most PBT sets are cheaper than all the new abs drops coming out. Can get a good pbt for 40$.
Mar 26, 2020
hyperlinked
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Dec 9, 2019
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Can PBT plastics be made translucent?
Dec 9, 2019
saltvalley
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Nov 11, 2019
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The expensive one wins.
Nov 11, 2019
slipjig555
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Aug 30, 2019
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I like the Aura/pudding style double-shot PBT keycaps. I wish someone would make a Dvorak set in OEM profile, or a DSA set though.
Aug 30, 2019
Theroc
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Jul 21, 2018
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Sigh. If I was forced to pick one or the other: PBT. That said, it really depends on who makes the Keycaps. Some random AliExpress PBT better than GMK ABS? I don't think so.
Jul 21, 2018
Hikashi1988
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Jul 21, 2018
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I would say it depends on the build quality. Cheap quality PBT < high quality ABS high quality PBT > normal ABS.
It's all boil down to personal preference and build quality of the keycaps.
Jul 21, 2018
sneakeyboard
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Jul 21, 2018
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I've only ever used SA Carbon, which is ABS, and I like it so far so I dunno what PBT is all about yet. Regardless of material, double-shot is a must.
If only PBTs were in SA, I'd try them out. I don't know of any but feel free to let me know if there's such a thing.
Jul 21, 2018
sneakeyboard
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Aug 30, 2019
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there is such a thing... D: I'll keep that in mind should I ever decide to buy more keycaps. I'm waiting on the laser set for the time being. That set looks pretty awesome, thanks.
Aug 30, 2019
Hateful
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Nov 18, 2019
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There are many SA PBT Sets
Nov 18, 2019
NoggiZen
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Jul 13, 2018
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You can not tell which metarial is better, cause it rly comes down to user preferences. So it is a matter of taste. For my part i dont care which material it is, as long as the caps havent printed legends.
Jul 13, 2018
akshat1984
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Jul 12, 2018
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So is it really worth getting a PBT keyboard over the ABS one for extra money?
Jul 12, 2018
AlphaAnt
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Jan 3, 2017
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Until I can get PBT backlit Pok3r keys with the Fn functionality on the front like the OEM keycaps, I'm fine with ABS.
Jan 3, 2017
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