Keycaps are a critical element in the overall feel, performance, and aesthetics of your mechanical keyboard. Three popular printing methods dominate the market: Double Shot, Dye Sublimation, and Lasered. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of each to help you make an informed choice.
Double Shot Keycaps
Double shot keycaps are manufactured through a process where two separate plastics are injection molded to create the keycap. These keycaps are highly durable and the legends will never fade.
Dye Sublimation Keycaps
Dye Sublimation involves heating a dye and allowing it to permeate the keycap surface, resulting in smooth texture and durable legends. These keycaps typically offer vibrant color options.
Lasered keycaps use lasers to engrave the legends onto the keycaps. While cost-effective, the legends may fade over time.
- Durability: Double Shot > Dye Sublimation > Lasered
- Color Vibrancy: Dye Sublimation > Double Shot > Lasered
- Cost: Lasered < Dye Sublimation < Double Shot
Each keycap printing method comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the best option depends on your personal needs and preferences, whether it's durability, color vibrancy, or cost-effectiveness.