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POM Jelly Keycaps​ Review

Keycaps By: Escape Keyboard
Photos taken in House by alex

Score

Comfort
95%
Design
90%
Packaging
90%

Intro

The first time I actually tried POM keycaps was at a meet up back in January in Toronto. I was immediately aware of the extremely smooth texture and almost “wax-like” feel of them.  While they sounded great, to be completely honest, I wasn’t 100% sold on them at that time.

Fast forward to present day.  Escape Keyboard contacted me regarding some POM keycap sets he had been working on. He explained to me some of the science behind POM vs other popular materials and sent out a kit.  To be clear, this is not a paid review but the samples were sent out to me by esckeyboard.com and do not affect my opinions on the product.

About the Caps

They are OEM profile keycaps made of POM. What is POM? Polyoxymethylene (POM), also known as acetal, polyacetal, and polyformaldehyde, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts requiring high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability.  Low friction is key really, especially when used in part like switches. But what about keycaps?
 
Well, POM is also a lot denser than ABS thus it offers a different typing experience. The walls of these caps are noticeably thinner than PBT or ABS from popular companies, but don’t have any negatives effects that I’ve come across in my everyday use of the caps.  Due to the thinner walls, it is also easier to see shine through from RGB or and sort of under-glow. This is a moot point for me as I rarely use backlighting on my keyboards, but some people may appreciate this or dislike this.
 
One huge key point about these POM caps vs the ones I’ve tried back at the meetup is the texture. It has a very fine texture on the top of the keycap to reduce some of that waxy soap like feeling in which disliked.
How do these sound compared to ABS or PBT?

To put it simply, they sound fantastic and offer a very rigid typing experience pair with a good board. The sound profile is a slight bit deeper than the ABS caps, and more along the lines of PBT caps.  I’ll have a sound test soon to demonstrate.

Final thoughts?

The variety of pastel like colors sold me originally and the fact they are a unique material when compared to the vast majority of other offerings being ABS or PBT.  The POM caps are definitely going to stay on my board.  I personally vouched for the rainbow color, but they offer some other colors as well. Note these have no legends currently and are offered as blanks.

Another note of interest was the packaging. It was simple, compact, and labeled. Which helped with the installation with blanks, which can be annoying at times. 

All in all it’s a great offering from Escape Keyboards and it’s a huge win in my books.

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