Mildly interesting Silitek Alps Mount Dome with Slider


05 Sep 2020, 07:46

I found this rather mundane looking keyboard at a local charity shop for 2US. I was originally going to pass it by, but it felt like a dome with slider so I pulled a cap and surprisingly] it is Alps mount sliders.
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It also has a weird built in trackpad with some odd buttons for the mouse put into the space of the split.
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If these buttons control the mouse click it will make for a terrible experience. They are just very custom keycaps on the sliders. The bind terrible.
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They seem to be quite similar to other silitek sliders from what I recall of them. I haven't looked at my other board in ages. The interesting part is that they're Alps mount. I can't say that I've ever seen that before.
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Here are the sliders.
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Here are the sliders with a cap from my good ol' Dell AT101W
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Here's the other way around.
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Here's the main controller PCB confirming what we already knew and that it was made by Silitek.
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Here's the back label.
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This was interesting to me. I'm not sure what this button is for on this particular keyboard. The only keyboards I know that use this button is apple keyboards and this one for sure isn't for an Apple. It connects in with PS/2 and RS-232. If anyone here knows what this button if for please do let me know. It doesn't do anything on my Linux machine.
Cheers Mates,
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