Mechanical keyboards are the most exciting PC accessory available, because you can fully customize both the feel of your keyboard keys and the look of their caps. If your mechanical keyboard uses either Cherry MX keys or keys of another brand with the same stem profile (such as Kailh, Gateron, Outemu, Razer or Zealio), you will find a wide selection of Cherry MX key caps to complement it.
Here are some of our favorite custom key sets available for Cherry MX keyboards.
1. Drop + MiTo XDA Canvas Keycaps
The XDA Canvas capsules come from one of the many popular Drop + MiTo collaborations that were originally featured on the Drop website. This is good news for enthusiasts as it is still available on Amazon in kits of 64, 79, 94 and 114 keys. These keys have a minimalist yet powerful aesthetic, which revolves around the keys’ XDA profile.
2. HyperX Pudding Keycaps
If you want to take the RGB backlighting of your keyboard to the next level, HyperX Pudding keys are a great way to increase their brightness while improving your typing experience. These caps are made of double-sided PBT, which is far more durable than the ABS material most caps are made of. It also has translucent sides and legends so that the LEDs on your keyboard can shine in all directions.
3. Ducky White & Gray Dye-Sub Keycaps
Ducky is one of the best known names in mechanical keyboards, so it’s no surprise that their White & Gray Dye-Sub keystrokes offer a premium typing experience. The legends on the dye-sublimated PBT key caps are smoother and more durable, while the key caps are as thick as the double-shot PBT key caps. This is a minor difference, but no less important for enthusiasts.
4. YMDK Carbon Keycaps
YMDK Carbon keys are a stylish set of PBT keys that give your Cherry MX keyboard a retro look with modern performance. One of the most striking features of this keyboard is its font, which is crisp and extra-large. The large size of the top print makes these keys easy to read at night, even if they are not equipped with light-emitting diodes.
5. HK Gaming Pudding Keycaps
If the HK Gaming Pudding capsules look familiar to you, it is probably because they are a clone of the very expensive HyperX Pudding capsules that we reviewed above. The main difference is that they have a slightly lower price and a slightly lower manufacturing quality. These keys are still made from thick double-shot PBT but they are cut a little less cleanly at the bottom. This is not the kind of defect that shows up once the keys are installed, but if you are a perfectionist, you will sometimes get grated.