Alps Appreciation

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swampangel

28 Oct 2019, 02:55

I got an AEK (M0115) from ebay and the rotated f-row switches have these funky top housings:

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I feel like I've seen a photo of these before, but I can't find it. Anyone have a link to more info?

mcmaxmcmc

28 Oct 2019, 03:14

swampangel wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 02:55
I got an AEK (M0115) from ebay and the rotated f-row switches have these funky top housings:

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I feel like I've seen a photo of these before, but I can't find it. Anyone have a link to more info?
Okay, what the fuck is this? :o

Just... what the fuck.... I've never seen anything like it! :shock:

This is some serious new material right here! Make a dedicated post about it or something! Please!

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PlacaFromHell

28 Oct 2019, 03:16

mcmaxmcmc wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:14
swampangel wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 02:55
I got an AEK (M0115) from ebay and the rotated f-row switches have these funky top housings:

Image

I feel like I've seen a photo of these before, but I can't find it. Anyone have a link to more info?
Okay, what the fuck is this? :o

Just... what the fuck.... I've never seen anything like it! :shock:

This is some serious new material right here! Make a dedicated post about it or something! Please!
Actually, Apple Standard Keyboard's have this kind of switches under the power button.

mcmaxmcmc

28 Oct 2019, 03:57

PlacaFromHell wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:16
mcmaxmcmc wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:14
swampangel wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 02:55
I got an AEK (M0115) from ebay and the rotated f-row switches have these funky top housings:

Image

I feel like I've seen a photo of these before, but I can't find it. Anyone have a link to more info?
Okay, what the fuck is this? :o

Just... what the fuck.... I've never seen anything like it! :shock:

This is some serious new material right here! Make a dedicated post about it or something! Please!
Actually, Apple Standard Keyboard's have this kind of switches under the power button.
Not from the ones I've gotten so far... and so do like 99% of others. Seems to be a very rare thing.

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PlacaFromHell

28 Oct 2019, 04:12

mcmaxmcmc wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:57
PlacaFromHell wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:16
mcmaxmcmc wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:14


Okay, what the fuck is this? :o

Just... what the fuck.... I've never seen anything like it! :shock:

This is some serious new material right here! Make a dedicated post about it or something! Please!
Actually, Apple Standard Keyboard's have this kind of switches under the power button.
Not from the ones I've gotten so far... and so do like 99% of others. Seems to be a very rare thing.
I got one with that kind of switch in it, but unfortunately I sold it the last year.

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Elrick

28 Oct 2019, 05:42

PlacaFromHell wrote:
28 Oct 2019, 03:16
Actually, Apple Standard Keyboard's have this kind of switches under the power button.
Yeah I remembered it's their version of a Dust/Grime-Proof switch, utilizing the humble ALPs designed switch.

It actually worked quite well. As long as the switch is placed vertically so as to allow all fluids or dirt to fall off around the design.

Apple did do that type of design in the early days when it came to anything at all. Compared to now, where they do nothing at all except extort the gullible, out of their hard earned money.

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abrahamstechnology

28 Oct 2019, 11:57

Do those clip on? Maybe we can 3D print some to protect Alps switches for the future.

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E3E

28 Oct 2019, 12:09

This is only intended for caps with long stems. Yes, they clip on, but trying to recreate these would lead to some disappointment, as standard caps will not be able to reach a full-travel bottom out on these guards.

I figure it's partly for stability, partly for dust protection, considering the stems and high skirting on Row 0 AEK/M0116 caps.

For what it's worth: I've never seen these on any Apple Standard Keyboards or AEKs that I've owned. I've had over a dozen of them and the only time I've ever seen one of these was from a friend who had found one on his M0116.

Ultimately, they really don't add much, which is one reason I'd imagine they weren't seen more often.

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swampangel

28 Oct 2019, 13:25

Thanks everyone :) Sounds like I should take one apart and take a few more photos.

DaOver

04 Nov 2019, 11:19

What is this:
https://kprepublic.com/products/outemu- ... 9482701917
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Outemu ALPS?
Were they making switches for Matias but now selling them with their name on it?

EDIT: Turns out this are just Matias ALPS.

4sStylZ

07 Nov 2019, 13:33

Hi there,

I have ordered a M0116 and M0118 for 65€ the two. I think it’s a nice deal and I was thinking to make some custom 60% with them buuuuut… they are 14,5 unit long : What a dumbass I am :p

So. I wonder what can be interesting to do with them.

1. Wait and buy two kits https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=101024.0 wich will be priced for 400€ but…
2. Make a stupid custom from them : Cutting original plate, handwiring and place them in a 60% plate with something like two led bar on the the side for using the plate.
3. Sell them.
4. Please tell me that there is others option. I can’t buy 800€ parts for two keyboards. I am pretty sure that I can probably make some interesting 60% custom if I change some parts / caps. The thing is that I love the M0116 Apple layout and don’t want to butcher it.

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abrahamstechnology

07 Nov 2019, 14:56

4sStylZ wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 13:33
Hi there,

I have ordered a M0116 and M0118 for 65€ the two. I think it’s a nice deal and I was thinking to make some custom 60% with them buuuuut… they are 14,5 unit long : What a dumbass I am :p

So. I wonder what can be interesting to do with them.

1. Wait and buy two kits https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=101024.0 wich will be priced for 400€ but…
2. Make a stupid custom from them : Cutting original plate, handwiring and place them in a 60% plate with something like two led bar on the the side for using the plate.
3. Sell them.
4. Please tell me that there is others option. I can’t buy 800€ parts for two keyboards. I am pretty sure that I can probably make some interesting 60% custom if I change some parts / caps. The thing is that I love the M0116 Apple layout and don’t want to butcher it.
Just use them as-is.

4sStylZ

07 Nov 2019, 15:40

I prefer more smaller form factor. A size close to 60%, ortho if possible :)

For example my daily is a XD75 with a typematrix Bépo layout (Return / Backspace on the middle of the board)

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swampangel

07 Nov 2019, 20:28

4sStylZ wrote:
07 Nov 2019, 13:33
I have ordered a M0116 and M0118 for 65€ the two. I think it’s a nice deal and I was thinking to make some custom 60% with them buuuuut… they are 14,5 unit long : What a dumbass I am :p

2. Make a stupid custom from them : Cutting original plate, handwiring and place them in a 60% plate with something like two led bar on the the side for using the plate.
The curved profile of the keycaps is going to make a lot of 60% cases look a little off even before accounting for the spare 0.5u :| Maybe an AEK64 case, but imo you'd be best off either building your own 14.5u case or waiting for the ASK55.

I have to ask, why two? I'd probably customize the one with the preferred layout (or nicer switches) and leave the other one stock (other than cleaning) either to save or sell.

4sStylZ

07 Nov 2019, 21:52

Hmmm really two pricey. I have a AEK64 on a standard case the keycap curve isn't an issue for me.

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TheInverseKey

08 Nov 2019, 05:24

Just created a duck Orion V3 with Amber Alps. They are the better switch I think due to the level of tactility and sound over Blue Alps.

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Mattr567

Yesterday, 08:54

RGB off ;)

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Muirium
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Yesterday, 11:01

Ooh! HHKB style right Shift makes that one tasty little keyboard. I’d stumble a bit on quite what to do about \ but a spot of TMK programmability would make that near enough perfect.

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