SteelSeries PrismCaps Pudding Keycap Review

So you’ve been introduced to the wonderful world of mechanical keyboards and are wondering what can be done about that atrocious beige keycaps that comes with your keyboard. Even if you bought a keyboard with Cherry MX switches, white keycaps are still the standard in most cases. That’s why we’re back with another review, this time of a keycap set from SteelSeries. The new PrismCaps Pudding Collection features a classic white top and bottom with a thick black border, the same concept as the famous Pudding Collection from the brand.

I’m a big fan of keycaps. I’ve been using them since I was in grade school, and I have no plans to stop. I find that they can really make or break a keyboard in a matter of seconds. If it’s something cheap, it can be a big pain to clean. If it’s something expensive, you can’t miss it. It’s an important feeling to have, to be able to look at something you paid a lot of money for and know you won’t be breaking it.

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There is a new trend in the world of mechanical keyboards, the so-called pudding keys, which invade not a niche, but a much broader trend that has never seen society raise a storm, but rather a light drizzle. Pudding keyboards are keyboards with a translucent base that allows the RBG light to pass through the key, putting more light on each key and creating a sort of pudding effect for the RBG glow on the keyboard. Steelseries has joined this trend with PrismCaps, a set of pudding-shaped keys that fit universally on most mechanical keyboards. I bought my set at Best Buy for $29.99 and received it about five days after I ordered it, as it was out of stock locally. SteelSeries has nothing to do with this article.

Installation and first look

After opening the box, I took the included keyboard cover puller (as I do with almost all plastic cover pullers) and removed all keys from the keyboard except the side macro keys, which are not included (a unique feature of the Corsair K95). Then I installed each key by gently pressing it, and voila, after about 20 minutes of very therapeutic work, I had a brand new coat of paint on my keyboard. By therapy, I mean it was very relaxing. Carefully remove one key at a time. You don’t want to rush it, because you don’t want to damage the plastic stabilizers on the big keys.

You also don’t want the key to get scattered around the room if you pull too hard. Relax, take each key one at a time and store them safely in a Ziploc bag or in the box the PrismCaps came in. The first thing I will say is that they were very beautiful. I chose white keys for my black keyboard, and the contrast and RGB backlighting are great. The pudding effect is highly visible and increases the RGB keyboard level by at least 50%, an arbitrary and unscientific figure. Okay. My keyboard, the Corsair K95, does not have a smooth RGB on it like the promotional photo above. The original spacebar replacement was actually fine, and I didn’t have that one key with a dim backlight.

tactile sense

The finger feel is a bit worse than the high-end keys on the Corsair K95. It’s not very noticeable, but the feel is different, and the K95’s spacebar doesn’t have the same tactile design. Speaking of interruption, that was the only real downside to this series. The light on my keyboard only comes on via the switch in the middle of the key, which means the pudding effect on the space bar is completely negated. Of course, we put in the space bar from the K95 (which I love) and voila, the keyboard is even better than before. Which was a downside, but quickly made me love the aesthetic more because it toned down the bottom row a bit. Another feature is that the keys are very comfortable.

When I say light trap, I mean very light. These are still high-quality dual keys that are perfect for typing or gaming. As with the K95, I would have liked alternatives to the WASD and maybe random keys for the macro keys or just emoji for the other keys to get the full pudding effect, but overall I liked it.

Key assembly

The default setting did not work for my spacebar, alt, window and right mouse button. It doesn’t matter! It comes with accessories in different sizes that fit perfectly! If you’re worried about this, you should buy these keys from a reliable seller that allows returns, but I think their full replacement set should meet the needs of most gamers with standard-sized keyboards.

Final thoughts

That’s all there is. If you want to get more RGB out of your keyboard, you should definitely choose this option. I really love this effect, the keys figuratively look like little puddings that shine really nicely. The preset space bar and black metal base of the keyboard contrast nicely with the white keys. I really like the unique look of the keyboard and set. At $29.99, and probably even less if you consider that SteelSeries occasionally offers coupons at 10% off, and retailers love those discounts, this is an easy buy for an easy upgrade if you have a mechanical keyboard or one with mechanical switches. I think these keys will work anywhere that has a plastic cross-shaped part for the switch, but you can certainly remove the key and check it before you buy or contact customer service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pudding keycaps good?

Today we will be showing you a new set of keycaps that has been in the SteelSeries Prism line for a couple months now: a set called the Pudding Keycaps. These are essentially a set of PBT keycaps with a super cool texture on them and a color on the keycaps that has been in the SteelSeries color spectrum for years now: the color of pink. SteelSeries recently released a variety of new Pudding Keycaps for their full-sized keyboards (the Kletter and Spectrum). These keycaps are the company’s first silicone-based offerings, and they are molded to mimic the soft, squishy feel found in pudding.

What is the best material for keycaps?

My goal for this review was not to justify which material is better, but to find out which material is the best for mechanical keyboards. Using the same methodology we have used in the past, we tested all of the common materials to find the best keycaps. We are often asked what are the best keycaps out there, and we always recommend looking at keycaps that have been proven to be the best. The SteelSeries PrismCaps Pudding keycap are one such keycap, and they are the best in class to be a stand-out in a sea of other keycaps.

Why are PBT keycaps better?

PBT (PBT stands for Polybutylene Terephthalate – Polyester) is a very popular choice for keycaps manufacturers for their durability. PBT keycaps are often used for gaming keyboards, since they withstand intense use and have a relatively long lifespan. The SteelSeries PrismCaps Pudding Keycap is the latest keycap from SteelSeries. It’s a variant of their popular Pudding keycap, with a default color of Pudding and a translucent color, Blueberry, that is available either as a replacement or as a bundle. It’s considered by many to be one of the most comfortable keycaps out there, and it’s an overall excellent keycap. But even though it is a Pudding keycap, the Pudding is an odd keycap. In Pudding, the base and the stem are one single color, but the corners are a different color. This isn’t particularly noticeable in most cases, but it’s something to

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