In this post, it will showcase the keycaps that are designed to be compatible with 2 popular low profile key switches in the market, Gateron Low Profile v1/v2 and Kailh Choc v1.
It's important to note that the stem of Gateron Low Profile and Kailh Choc v1 key switches are different, which means that their keycaps cannot be interchanged.
The keycaps used in this showcases
Gateron Low Profile Key Switches
Kailh Choc v1 Key Switches
Please note that this post only showcases a selection of keycaps compatible with low profile key switches. Other options such as the NUPHY nSA keycaps, Chicago Stenographer keycaps, and more also exist.
Different angle of views of the keycaps
The surface of the keycaps
While all keycaps are made of PBT, the DSA, CFX, and MBK keycaps have a textured surface, while the XVX Skyline and SMOLO keycaps have a smoother finish.
The shape and size of the keycaps
The base of the XVX Skyline and SMOLO keycaps are noticeably larger than the top/typing area, whereas the CFX and MBK keycaps have a less pronounced size difference.
Base - XVX Skyline (around 18.0mm x 18.0mm) and SMOLO (around 18.4mm x 18.4mm)
Typing Surface - XVX Skyline (around 15.2mm x 15.2mm) and SMOLO (around 15.9mm x 15.9mm)
Compared to the XVX Skyline and SMOLO, the CFX and MBK keycaps are noticeably smaller in size, making them ideal for use in keyboards designed with Choc spacing.
CFX keycaps (around 16.6mm x 16.6mm)
MBK keycaps (16.5mm x 17.4mm)
A little bit about the size of the key switches
According the data sheet, both of Gateron Low Profile v2.0 and Kailh Choc v1 key switches are 15.0mm x 15.0mm in size. However, the overall housing of Gateron Low Profile key switch is taller than Kailh Choc v1 key switch.
Using SMOLO keycaps on Gateron Low Profile Key Switches and MBK keycaps on Kailh Choc v1 Key Switches
On a switch plate - the Gateron Low Profile v2.0 key switch is slightly taller than the Kailh Choc v1 key switch
Once the keycaps are installed, it becomes apparent that the overall height of the Gateron low profile key switch with keycaps is greater than that of the Kailh Choc v1 key switch with keycaps.
After assembling keycaps on keyboard - the final product
Please let me know if you would like to include any specific low profile keycaps in testing. :)