IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

User avatar
olePigeon

25 Jul 2019, 06:32

Well then, looks like I have a few more switches to buy and stock up on incase anyone needs some.

If the tall one is indeed a magnetic or hall effect, that'd be nifty. I'll get one and dissect it, see what's inside. It has that clip on it and it does lock like a capslock. I wonder if I remove the clip if it'll work like a regular switch. I guess I'll have to find out.

Thanks for all the help. I'm having fun looking through all these things.

User avatar
Noobmaen

25 Jul 2019, 13:53

I think it's ITW magnetic valve high profile

Furieux Furet

28 Jul 2019, 10:51

Hi everyone,

For my first post here, I have a question regarding an old Pendar keyboard from the 90' with the following key switch:
switch-pandar-keyboard.jpg
switch-pandar-keyboard.jpg (68.54 KiB) Viewed 1048 times
It’s the first time I see such a mechanical switch (loud and mostly linear by the way). Did you recognize it?

User avatar
Muirium
µ

28 Jul 2019, 13:23

Clare Pendar made plenty of their own switches:

wiki/Category:Clare-Pendar_switches

And indeed:

wiki/Category:Clare/Pendar_switches

I’m only very vaguely aware of them myself. Could be you’ve discovered something undocumented.

4sStylZ

09 Aug 2019, 11:17

Hi,

What is the cherry mount switch on the right who seem’s to bi scissor / butterfly : Image

User avatar
Muirium
µ

09 Aug 2019, 12:25

Cherry mount? The switch on the right with the pale blue stem certainly wouldn’t take Cherry MX caps.

The keyboard is clearly some new thing with the modding market in mind: detachable switches via plate cutouts and PCB support. The three switches actually installed are all modern looking, like something from Gateron and friends. That third switch looks like it could be their answer to Cherry ML. (A question few asked!)

As your image is sourced from https://mykeyboard.eu/ I’d take a good look around there.

User avatar
kbdfr
The Tiproman

09 Aug 2019, 15:27

Muirium wrote:
09 Aug 2019, 12:25
Cherry mount? The switch on the right with the pale blue stem certainly wouldn’t take Cherry MX caps. […]
Perhaps "Cherry mount" was intended to refer to the bottom of the switch :lol:

User avatar
Muirium
µ

09 Aug 2019, 17:03

Yes, that was my implication, too! I just fancied a nitpick. The concept of switches which are MX PCB compatible yet cap incompatible seems downright daft to me. Caps are so much more important. A low profile switch can work within that constraint. Think of Cherry’s own M84 for instance!

User avatar
2ter

13 Aug 2019, 19:47

from some old calculator thing i found in the trash:
IMG_20190813_190715.jpg
IMG_20190813_190715.jpg (512.81 KiB) Viewed 789 times

ollir

22 Sep 2019, 21:37

Image

What are these?
They look like blue Alps to me, but then they don't. I'm no expert on identifying different Alps switches, but the blue Alps should have a slit, right?

source:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33056367437.html

Lbibass

22 Sep 2019, 22:24

ollir wrote:
22 Sep 2019, 21:37
Image

What are these?
They look like blue Alps to me, but then they don't. I'm no expert on identifying different Alps switches, but the blue Alps should have a slit, right?

source:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33056367437.html

FD and the folded metal pin for one of the contacts means it is an alps clone.


And you hit it on the head with the lacking slits.

User avatar
Chyros

22 Sep 2019, 23:12

IIRC they are grey Alps (simplified). The lighting just makes them look blue. These pop up from time to time for this reason ;) .

User avatar
zrrion

22 Sep 2019, 23:55

They aren't terrible switches IMO, but they suffer from being in a switch family with way better switches in it, so they are bad vs alps, but good vs MX.

User avatar
TheInverseKey

23 Sep 2019, 02:49

Image

Can anyone tell me what these are?

deafrog

23 Sep 2019, 21:33

Good afternoon guys. I need help with identification of these switches. Any ideas?

Image

Findecanor

23 Sep 2019, 22:05

I think that could be alps.tw Type OD1.
Last edited by Findecanor on 28 Sep 2019, 23:36, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
swampangel

23 Sep 2019, 22:06


User avatar
TheInverseKey

28 Sep 2019, 22:58

TheInverseKey wrote:
23 Sep 2019, 02:49
Image

Can anyone tell me what these are?
Back with a teardown of these switches any ideas? Album linked below.

https://imgur.com/a/7MhsJyd

Morron

14 Oct 2019, 01:59

Image Could anyone tell me what these switches are? They sit on a nokia / ICL keyboard if that helps!

Findecanor

14 Oct 2019, 08:41

So you are that guy bidding on that ICL keyboard I am looking at, huh? I had been hoping that it would go under the radar...
They are called Ericsson switches. The keyboards were made in Bräkne-Hoby at a factory first owned by Facit, then bought by Ericsson Data. It merged into Nokia Data which was later purchased by ICL. ICL was later absorbed into Fujitsu.

In that stabiliser arrangement, one of the switches is a dummy.

Post Reply

Return to “Keyboards”