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I thought the texture was more reliant on the mold. Example. The keys on my KBT are super slick ABS, and the double shot I got are well-textured ABS

I think this is true. Having tried 3 types of PBT keycaps, they all had a different surface texture, which makes me believe this is more of a result of how it is manufactured than it has to do with the material it is made from. However, the PBT keycaps out there tend to have a rougher surface texture (those by KBC and Vortex do, while the "imsto thick" ones are more smooth).

This is what WASD had to say about it on their blog (when they were still planning to add PBT keycaps to their product line up)
With PBT, you can expect a much more durable finish on the texture of the key. ABS plastic has poorer wear properties which is why they are known to "shine" after heavy use. PBT isn't indestructible, but has better wear properties and will resist "shine" much longer than ABS. Contrary to popular belief, the "roughness" or texture of the key has nothing to do with the material used. Texture is created by the injection mold used to create the product.

Personally I do not care that much about the difference in feel. PBT does feel a little stiffer than ABS, like it is made of a material that is harder and less pliable. I would not say it feels objectively better. The reason why I use PBT is mostly because I like the look of light colored keycaps and my keyboard sits next to a window. With PBT there will be no discoloration from exposure to sunlight. Other than that it has also been my experience that there is considerably less "shine". However, keycaps will shine eventually, it just takes a little longer. If you really hate how that looks then I recommend to go with a color keycap where it is not as noticeable (mostly, not black).
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Thanks, that's some good info there. I will stick with ABS until I get a lot more money on my hands. thumb.gif thanks guys! +1
Edited by phillyd - 11/29/13 at 1:53am
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So I'm at Best Buy and am currently contemplating if I want to spend the $110 on a 180GB Intel 530. Yes or no? But also, they have some mechanical keyboards on display in the games department. I gotta say, I can only feel the Browns' actuating when I go slowly. There's nothing there when I mash it. It isn't plugged into anything so I can't say for sure, but it just doesn't really feel tactile. Clears it is if I want feedback and the people around not murdering me.
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So I'm at Best Buy and am currently contemplating if I want to spend the $110 on a 180GB Intel 530. Yes or no? But also, they have some mechanical keyboards on display in the games department. I gotta say, I can only feel the Browns' actuating when I go slowly. There's nothing there when I mash it. It isn't plugged into anything so I can't say for sure, but it just doesn't really feel tactile. Clears it is if I want feedback and the people around not murdering me.
110 for 180gb doesn't seem all that great of a deal to me. And yeah, browns don't seem to do much if you are typing fast and pressing down hard.
 
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Christmas avatar is back, nice. It's better than you might think. It's between a 960GB M500's typical sale price and MSRP. Anyway, I'll take Jailhouse Blues if I'm on a budget and want quiet. Stock Blue have more feedback. Why doesn't Cherry replace the Browns with official Ergo Clears? They just feel a bit squishy. Not as bad as rubber domes by any means, but compared to my and Best Buy's Blues.
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Because everyone has different tastes and gamers prefer Browns cuz they're told to.
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They're not hardcore like me. Browns are too mainstream.
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They're not hardcore like me. Browns are too mainstream.
Same. I really don't like browns at all. Just the sort of "Reds with sand throw all over it" feeling i get everytime i feel a red.
Till' now i still can't tell a dome from a red. Kill me please mad.gif
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Domes are bit tactile though. They have a specific point where they collapse and then complete a circuit. They suck, but they have more feedback then Browns somehow.
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Domes are bit tactile though. They have a specific point where they collapse and then complete a circuit. They suck, but they have more feedback then Browns somehow.
Definitely. they feel like crap but they definitely have more feedback
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