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I love how the white keycaps look on a black keyboard, but I was curious if the keycaps get dirty really fast? And if they do, does the grime wash off easily or is it impossible to get the dirt off short of an acid bath or something? I'm primarily trying to pick up a WASD keyboard in all white keycaps.

Does the quality/type of keycaps matter? Does WASD use quality keycaps?

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If you keep your hands clean most of the time or wash them before start using your keyboard then it shouldn't be a problem.

As for material of the keycap, PBT > ABS.
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post #3 of 7
Just to add context to reaper's comment, WASD uses ABS keycaps, PBT keycaps can be found on geekhack. In short, PBT is considered better because it does not lose it's texture at quickly, and is more resilient, though there are others that are better versed in this topic then I am. I personally just bought a set of white PBT keycaps, so dunno how long they'll last
post #4 of 7
I've been using a white keyboard for several years now. While I do keep my hands as clean as possible when using the computer, the keys have yellowed over time.

If you take the key caps off and give them a little wash in warm soapy water I've found you can get some of the grime off, but ultimately they will again yellow over time. Black keyboard on the other hand will not show signs of dirt as much.

Ultimately it does come down to how clean you feel you are around your PC and with your PC parts, but I've owned a couple white keyboards and a couple white coloured mobiles, in all cases over time the plastics in use will yellow regardless of how clean you try to keep them. When they are brand new or newly cleaned though they look amazing!
post #5 of 7
I think jchon is worried that the keycaps will get stained which ofcourse they wont as they are of a solid material. The only thing that will happen over time is that the keys will lose some texture and get a bit shiny
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Originally Posted by HaiiYaa;15445363 
I think jchon is worried that the keycaps will get stained which ofcourse they wont as they are of a solid material. The only thing that will happen over time is that the keys will lose some texture and get a bit shiny

I can only say from the keyboards I've used, but in all cases over time the white / beige keys have shown a yellowing, the black keys as you rightly pointed out do lose some texture and go slightly shiny.

I actually quite like the shiny effect...

I also found the following info on this website that the OP might find useful:
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Key Materials and Key Wear

PS, PC and PVC (Polystyrene, Polycarbonate, Polyvinyl Chloride). Common and cheap. This is a lighter less durable plastic that tends to be vulnerable to solvents. Most keyboards shipping today including Logitech, Microsoft, etc. use some variant of this for their casings and keys.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). It's commonly used for older keyboard casings. It's a comparatively soft material compared to some modern plastics but is resistant to breakage. Topre casings are made of ABS and probably most IBM Model M's are as well. Although I am not sure I suspect Filco/Rosewill/Das keys are made of ABS.

PBT (Polybutylene Terephtalate). PBT is a common choice for modern Cherry keycaps and is what IBM/Lexmark/Unicomp and Topre uses. It should not yellow as much as ABS over time.

POM (Polyoxymethyleneor better known by the brand name "Delrin"). An abrasion-resistant and low-friction material, this found use in older black Cherry G80 keycaps. However it is expensive and not common in other keyboards.
post #7 of 7
PBT keycaps I believe are more resistant to color changes. I could be wrong on that, but they are better as Reaper said. You want to look for PBT keycaps instead of ABS for overall quality. I can't tell you how much better PBT are than ABS. The ABS are so much more slick than than PBT caps, and they effect your typing a lot compared to PBT. I am not sure of WASD's current stock or exact ambitions, but I would suspect that later they carry PBT caps along with their ABS caps. The PBT would be more expensive, but worth the upgrade for people most people out there.
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