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Is it worth investing 35$ in PBT keycaps?

post #1 of 13
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Hi!
I would like to order the KBC Pure keyboard and I can't decide if it is worth to pay more (around 35$) for the PBT cap version or just take the ABS version for 99$? I know that is is possible to buy PBT caps later if the ABS ones will need replacement.

what are your opinions? what is the difference between the two kinds anyway, is it noticeable?

thanks!
post #2 of 13
It's really hard to tell. Mostly pbt keycaps sounds & feel more solid than abs in general.
If you tried pbts before. Again a personal preference.
You gonna buy other set of keycaps later anyway, so either way is fine with you.
We all have more sets of keycaps than actual keyboards biggrin.gif
Edited by qcktthfm1 - 3/29/13 at 10:14pm
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post #3 of 13
I'd definitely go for the PBT set, if you get the ABS version then you'll need PBT keycaps in a few months (from my experience) and then you'd end up spending more than $35 on a set of PBT keycaps.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
ok... thanks
and what do you think about the Pure keyboard anyway?
post #5 of 13
Quality similar to kbt Race, mediocre entry level mech board.
When you buy Pure, you're buying for the size. Great for carrying around with tablet or laptops.
You'll amaze how comfortable to game with a small size keyboard.
But I need Function keys in BF3 & Tera, that's why I brought Race.
Drop by geekhack groupbuy or classified section sometimes, you'll find what you want very easy biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 13
You won't need pbt keycaps but they can be nice. It's personal preference. Pbt will stand up to the test of time better though.
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post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
the only thing that is bothering me is the PBT vs ABS issue, how quick will the abs keycaps will start to become shiny, are they really that un-durable?
if ABS is not really an Issue than I will might get a Filco MJ2 TKL Ninja, because I need to engrave two more languages on my keycaps.
post #8 of 13
My most used ABS keycaps turned shiny in around 3 months IIRC, and I have the Filco MJ2 Ninja.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
can you post a picture?
and are you going to purchase new ones? or a pbt set?
post #10 of 13
When I got the ABS keycaps from WASD:



Now it looks like:



I'll be getting a PBT set next.
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