KAT profile keycaps series

Keyreative All Touch

  • Keyreative’s First self developed new profile mechanical keyboard keycaps Ergonomics After analysing Cherry, SA, DSA profiles, and proposing dozens of new profiles, KeyCreative finally came up with the new MiniSA (KAT) profile. It’s adapted the slope design from Cherry but increased row height, especially for R5 and changed the slope degree for each row. (Pic 1.1&1.2)

Pic 1.1 : Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile, Black: KAT profile

Pic1.2 :Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile, Black: KAT profile


3D Printed Sampling:

  • Function row (ESC row): as the farthest row from the home row, KeyCreative applies an inclined design to provide a welcoming feeling to fingers. It allows faster triggering, which is significant for gamers as it improve efficiency and reduces stresses to fingers. (Pic 2)

Pic2:Function Row Comparison

  •  Ctrl key: is the highly frequently used key on board. However, it’s relatively harder to reach due the keyboard layout. From the survey, we learnt that most users use either ①little finger or ②the top part of the palm for the key. (Pic 3).

Pic 3 :  KAT profile allows more precious triggering and lower chance of misuse. (Pic 4)

Adjustment for Ctrl for both triggering methods 

Pic 4

  • Unified spacing between rows: Different from Cherry and SA profile, KAT keeps same distance among the rows. This allows user to adapt to the new profile easier and start to enjoy faster. (Pic 5)

Pic 5 :Pink: Cherry profile; Blue: SA profile; Black: KAT profile;

Unified spacing, similar as Cherry profile

Keycap Structure

  • Thanks to the near vertical design, the thickness is increased to maximum at 1.658mm. (Pic 6.1) Judging from the sampling we made, it’s achievable. The thickness for final product will be 1.65 ±0.1 mm.

Pic 6.1

Pic 6.2

  • Adapting the high profile from SA caps, added inspiration from sharp cat claws (Pic 7.1), KAT uses sharper edges on the sides. (Pic 7.2)

Pic 7.1

Pic 7.2

  • 87 degrees on the bottom part of the cap is used, combing with the 1.65mm thickness, it gives a unique chattering sound while typing. (Pic 8) 87-degree sides for the unique chattering sound

Pic 8

  • Special treatment used to allow smooth surface on PBT keycaps. The “rough” surface on PBT keycaps is designed to hide scratches occur during manufacturing. The special treatment allows smooth surface on caps but lowers first pass yield and increases cost.

Pic 9

  • More micro adjustment, e.g. clear but not sharp fillet corners, high profile keycap with dye sub processes. More experiences to be discovered by users.

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