Motorola AlphaMate Keyboard. Anyone know what switch it uses?

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20 Nov 2019, 15:46

I'm new to posting here, but i've read a lot of the posts. So anyway, I've seen a lot of these Motorola Alphamate keyboards on eBay, and was wondering if anyone knew what type of switch they use.

Heres a link to one on eBay: ... SwI~BbolZa
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20 Nov 2019, 15:48

It could use Cherry MX back's as Motorola keyboards use Cherry MX blacks a lot of the time in their keyboards. Then again one of the keycaps have faded so it may not be Cherry as a lot of the time terminal keyboards with cherry switches have double shot keycaps which don't fade. It could also possibly be Foam and foil switches. In my opinion.

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20 Nov 2019, 19:10

Not really a fan of MX blacks and I've heard that foam and foil's don't feel all that great either so I'll hold off on purchasing, I'm hoping I can find stuff locally, but I haven't had any luck so far.


21 Nov 2019, 14:12

off topic but who thought that arrow key placement made any sense at all :lol:

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21 Nov 2019, 19:58

Who knows? Now you need two hands in separate corners of the keyboard. This would be interesting to try to play games on...


22 Nov 2019, 00:16

Depending on what the intended purpose of this was, the arrow placement might not have been so much of an issue. In many applications (eg. a command line), the functions of the horizontal and vertical arrows are almost unconnected and they won't generally be being used much at the same time.

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