Alps SKCL Compact

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Alps SKCL Compact
IBM 5140 091.jpg
Manufacturer Alps Electric
Discontinued Yes
Switch type Linear
Sense method Metal leaf
Keycap mount Alps mount
Switch mount Plate mount

Alps SKCL Compact is a provisional name for a companion switch to the Alps SKCL/SKCM series. The part number is not known, nor is whether it was classed as part of the SKCL/SKCM series; by 1994, it was no longer listed in the Alps catalogue.


The switch has a reduced front-to-back depth of around two-thirds of that of a full-sized switch, leading to the misnomer of "half-Alps". The switch shell has room only for a standard design switchplate, and the slider is offset to the back of the switch. As result, this is a linear switch only.

The switch is not keycap-compatible with normal Alps switches.[1]

The switch is used in keyboards with reduced-size function keys.



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Deskthority — Costar CSK-1101P: Compact Layout, Omron Switches
  2. Flickr — Macintosh Portable Keyboard with Keys Removed
  3. ちゃたりたいね — IBM 5140 Convertible Dated 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  4. Atelier Silencium — 試作室 Dated 2003-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  5. Geekhack — SHARP X68000 keyboard converter Dated 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  6. Deskthority — Xerox with Tactile Green Alps