The Best Budget Keycaps For Your Mechanical Keyboard

So you would like to buy some budget keycaps for your mechanical keyboard?

With the right set of keycaps, you can dress up your favorite mechanical keyboard. Here are our picks for the best budget keycaps. With a little research and a few tweaks, you can dress up your favorite mechanical keyboard with a new set of keycaps. These keycaps are made from durable, high quality materials and can be modified to fit any Cherry MX or other type of switch.

We can also categorize the best budget keycaps into two major categories: ABS and PBT. ABS is the cheaper alternative but it has a few disadvantages. It does not last as long as PBT and it wears down faster with frequent use. On the other hand, PBT lasts much longer than ABS and does not wear down as fast with frequent use.


If you've been browsing for keycaps, you've probably encountered many that are at least $50 USD or more. For a beginner, this can be more money than you'd be willing to spend for your first build. There are still plenty of keycaps that won't break the bank and are easily accessible on Amazon. YMDK offers budget keycaps specifically made for ortholinear keyboards like Planck and Preonic.

YMDK DSA Profile 9009 Keyset

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YMDK 125 Keys ANSI ISO Keyset

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KBDFans offers a bunch of great keycaps and here are PBT keycaps sets that are on the lower end under $100. Though a bit more expensive than the amazon keycaps above, they are a pretty good price for PBT keycaps.


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The latest version of the Planck keyboard supports hot swappable switches, LEDs, a small speaker and even rotary encoders. There are several offerings for baseplates: EOTW (easy on the wallet), hi-pro and low-pro. These keyboards usually come in as a kit with some light assembly required.

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The Preonic keyboard is the Planck's big brother with an extra row of keys for those really missing the number row or want more keys to customize. The newest version of the Preonic is almost identical the Planck in terms of features.

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