Custom Keycaps are a rather overlooked feature that many mechanical keyboards allow for. Have you ever raged so hard while PC Gaming that you double fist slammed your keyboard? I bet you’ve experienced at least one time where one of your keyboard’s keys (or Keycaps) flew right off. Yeah, those are the Keycaps I’m referring to. You can replace them with really cool unique and premium ones as opposed to just sticking with the factory Keycaps. There are a couple reasons you might want to consider picking up a set of them.

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive guide on the concept of custom keycaps, rather a summary of their benefits and a few recommendations.The goal is for you to decide whether they belong in your gaming setup, and introduce you to the concept of them.

Custom Keycaps
Custom Keycaps by /u/Vizuka

Custom Keycaps look Awesome

Keycaps can play a very unique role in the color aesthetics of your gaming setup. Where a typical mechanical keyboard is usually all black, custom keycaps come in a wide range of colors. Looking at the keyboard above, you can see black/white monochrome colors logically placed and a splash of red for the WASD gaming keys. It makes your keyboard stand out, and turns it into the aesthetic cornerstone piece of your Battlestation. I will be showcasing more keycaps below, so I can assure you that your thirst for seeing more of these things will be satiated.

Custom Keycaps have Functional Benefits

While you might think they solely serve an aesthetic purpose, keycaps can also play a functional role in the way you game and type.

Briefly mentioned above, some keycaps will be themed such that they will accent frequently used keys. The WASD and arrow keys are most prominently accented since they are often used for gaming. A quick visual reference to these keys if you accidentally move your hand out of place makes it much easier to get back in the game!

Another benefit is that keycaps can come in a variety of different materials. Most mechanical keyboards will have a smooth, glossy finish which is easy for your fingers to slip away from. If you opt to purchase your own set of keycaps, it may be worth while to pick up rubber ones. Rubber keycaps provide more traction which might improve your typing speed and accuracy, which can be important for those of you who need to type a lot.

Recommendations

The recommendations below are the one’s that I believe to be the both popular and highly rated. If you’re thinking about getting some custom keycaps for yourself, take a look! I understand that you might have a certain color scheme for your setup, so you might need to shop around to find the right ones for you. If you find one that you like, ensure that it is compatible with your keyboard!

HyperX Double Shot PBT Keycaps

These keycaps work with various brands of mechanical keyboards other than their own. They are of the Black & White Pudding variety, with a solid matte black top and translucent base for RGB display. These also come in a white variety, if that tickles your fancy.

If you want to research these keycaps further, you can check them out here. It will be worthwhile to browse the reviews to ensure that this is compatible with your current keyboard.

YMDK DSA Blank PBT Keycaps

This is a nifty one. If you believe you have obtained true keyboard mastery you might want to take a look at these. These keycaps come in a couple different color profiles, and have no indication of lettering on them. I feel pretty good about my keyboard capabilities, but I do like to take a look at my keys on occasion so I don’t personally use them. Note that it comes with an accent color for some of the more important keys such as WASD and arrow keys.

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at these keycaps, you can check them out here. Again, be sure to take a look at reviews to ensure they fit the profile of your own keyboard.

Corsair Gaming PBT Double Shot Keycaps

I’m biased, but I own a Corsair branded mechanical keyboard. I have the Corsair K70 RGB with cherry brown MX keys (Masterrace btw) which I’ve been using for about four years now. If I were to get keycaps, it would be these sexy ones right here. They’re essentially the white equivalent of the stock black ones that come with most Corsair keyboards. Some of you might gawk and the white-on-black appearance, but I find it to be especially nice looking.

If you’d like to learn more about these keycaps, you can check them out here. If you own a Corsair mechanical keyboard I have a hunch that these will work just fine on that. You will need to look into whether these will fit other keyboards, however.

Tai Hao Gaming Backlit Custom Keycaps

These custom keycaps are oriented more towards the functional gamer. They come in a set of 18, as opposed to the full sets I listed above. But that doesn’t matter for these particular keys because they are meant to stand out from your current ones. They come in the most commonly used gaming keys, including W, A, S, D, Q, E, R, and F. They also include numbers 1 through 6 and all of the arrow keys. Their rubberized texture will allow you to easily identify where your hand placement should be and whether you’re hitting the right keys. They also come in ten different colors, so you can pick and choose your favorite!

If you want a complete overhaul of your current ones then you might want to look into other options. But if you’re interested in optimizing the way you game, you can check these out here. The best part is that these are rather standardized keys, so you don’t really need to be concerned about keyboard compatibility. Of course, it’s still worth it to be completely sure it will work with yours.

Final Thoughts

Custom keycaps are a cheap and simple way to make your keyboard really stand out in your gaming setup. They can have a very appealing aesthetic appeal, and can also provide for additional friction or texture to improve the way you game. If you’re looking for a nice addition to your gaming setup, it might be worth while for you to seriously consider getting yourself a set!

As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or comment below.

Cheers!