I'm new here, was only using the DT wiki as useful resource before. Over at Reddit's /r/MK I have been told I have to post my find here:
I recently noticed that this Toshiba PA5101E keyboard (photo gallery) in my keyboard scrap yard^W^Wcollection can't be a rubber dome keyboard because it makes clicky noises (movie, 37 MB).
So I removed a key-cap and found what looks a lot like a red-colored Alps switch to me. Only that there never were any red Alps switches according to the Deskthority wiki. Alps SKCM Orange come close, but mine are clearly red and clearly clicky.
So I wondered if they could be some Alps clones, but the only clones with red stems I found are
- Matias switches which always seem to have clear switch housings while my keyboard has black housings, and
- Tai-Hao BSW 045WHN switches which have a red stem and black housing, but the housing looks different, especially with regards to labels and tabs on the side (see below).
- The PCB is labelled "ALPS 56AAA1092A".
- The switches only have two tabs on the side which is said to be relatively likely to be genuine Alps, especially on vintage keyboards.
- The board looks extremely similar to the Alps Bigfoot keyboard which is known to have been sold rebranded under many brands including Toshiba. It especially has the "characteristic function key reference strip ridge".
Anyone here has seen red Alps switches before? Anyone else has a Toshiba-branded Alps Bigfoot keyboard for comparison?
And how should I proceed? Should I just add these findings to the DT wiki? Or should I wait until someone else finds another such keyboard to get some statistical significance?
Here are a few of the pictures from my gallery inlined for convenience:
(In case you want to see and try out that keyboard in real-life: I intend to bring it to the 5th Swiss Mechanical Keyboard Enthusiasts Meetup today in Zurich. Have to go to bed now so I can be there in time for setting up the location. :-)