With all due respect to Coolio and his love of West coast parties, there ain\’t no party like an RGB party because…well, I\’m not sure why it\’s become such a popular staple of PC gaming hardware. But it has, and G.Skill\’s new Crystal Crown keycaps are ready to crash the party.
The keycaps sport a dual-layer design with a black or white coating on the top half with a bold sans serif font, and a transparent bottom half to \”enhance the luminosity\” of RGB and regular LED backlights on mechanical keyboards.
\”Compatible with mechanical key switches with cross-shaped MX style stems and designed with a carefully selected font lettering for high legibility, the Crystal Crown keycap set upgrades the experience and feel of a professional mechanical keyboard,\” G.Skill says.
Many mechanical keyboards employ cross-shaped stems, like Cherry MX and various alternative brands. For example, my daily typer is a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate (2014) that employs Razer\’s own Green switches, which also stick with the cross-shaped stem form factor.
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The bigger question I have is what type of plastic is G.Skill using, and initially I thought it might be double-shot PBT, as they appear somewhat similar to HyperX\’s Pudding keycaps, as found on its Alloy Elite 2 keyboard (and offered as a standalone upgrade kit). But after reaching out to G.Skill, I was told \”the up-side is ABS, while the transparent layer is PC [polycarbonate].\” Apparently polycarbonate is the go-to plastic for clear keycaps, or so Google tells me.
In any event, G.Skill\’s Crystal Crown keycaps are relatively affordable for what they areâ€”Amazon has both the black and white versions listed for $20, which is around $5 less than the standalone Pudding keycaps.
We\’ve got a set paired up with G.Skill\’s affordable, and impossibly bright white LED-lit KM360 board, and now we have to wear shades while we type.