How to chose the right profile for your keyboard

Profile Picker

Chances are you already know exactly which keycap profile you need for your keyboard. But if you don't, this little tool might help you figure out which profile you have on your keyboard and if we make custom keycaps for it.

The interactive image to the right shows all the different keycap profiles that we make custom keycaps or keycap sets for. Parts of the image are clickable for more info.

Profile Picker
cherry keycapsOEM keycapsSA keycapsDSA keycapsCylindrical DishSpherical DishSculpted ProfilesUnsculpted Profiles

cherry keycaps

cherry keycap

  • bottom corners are pointy
  • low to medium-high profile keycaps
  • less tall than OEM keycaps
  • cylindrical dish
  • sculpted profile

OEM keycaps

OEM keycap

  • bottom corners are rounded
  • medium-high profile keycaps
  • slightly taller than cherry keycaps
  • cylindrical dish
  • sculpted profile

SA keycaps

SA keycap

  • bottom corners are halfway between pointy and rounded
  • ... maybe a bit more on the pointy side
  • highest profile keycaps
  • spherical dish
  • highly sculpted profile

DSA keycaps

DSA keycap

  • bottom corners are pointy
  • low profile keycaps
  • spherical dish
  • unsculpted profile

Cylindrical Dish

cherry and OEM keycaps have a cylindrical dish on top of the keycap

cherry keycapOEM keycap

Spherical Dish

SA and DSA keycaps have a spherical dish on top of the keycap

cherry keycapOEM keycap

Sculpted Profiles

sculpted profile

The majority of desktop-keyboards / keycap sets have a sculpted (or sculptured, or curved) profile simulating a curved backplate that some older keyboards like the infamous IBM Model F and Model M used to have. Having a sculpted profile means the tops of the keycaps are angled towards your fingertips which helps with ergonomics.

Unsculpted Profiles

sculpted profile

Unsculpted (or flat) keyboard profiles are mainly used in applications where space is a limiting factor. Almost all laptop keyboards have flat and very low profile keycaps (sometimes called Chiclets if they are "island"-keycaps). Most portable keyboards also use a flat profile. The most popular unsculpted profile is DSA. Another example of a flat profile would be an "All Row 3" SA keycaps.