Can keycaps go on any switch?

Keycaps are generally compatible with different switches, but there are a few important factors to consider:

  1. Stem Compatibility: The keycap must fit the stem of the switch. The most common stem type is the cross-shaped stem used by Cherry MX switches and their clones (like Gateron, Kailh, etc.). Keycaps designed for Cherry MX switches will fit any switch with the same stem design. Other stem types, like those used by some older membrane keyboards or proprietary switches, will not be compatible with Cherry MX keycaps.
  2. Size and Layout: Keycap sets are designed for specific keyboard layouts (e.g., ANSI, ISO) and sizes (e.g., full-size, TKL, 60%). Make sure the keycap set you choose matches the layout and size of your keyboard. For instance, a keycap set for a full-size keyboard may not have the right keys for a 60% keyboard.

  3. Keycap Profile: Keycaps come in different profiles, such as OEM, Cherry, SA, DSA, etc. While the stem fit might be correct, the feel and height of the keycaps can differ. Mixing keycap profiles can result in an uneven typing experience. (Photo Credit: WhatGeek)

  4. Special Keys: Some keyboards have non-standard bottom rows or other non-standard key sizes. Ensure that the keycap set includes the appropriate sizes for these keys if your keyboard has a non-standard layout.

In summary, as long as the keycaps are designed for the same stem type and the layout and size match your keyboard, they should be compatible with your switches.

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