Alps SKCM Amber
|Family||Alps SKCL/SKCM series|
|Sense method||Metal leaf|
|Keycap mount||Alps mount|
|Switch mount||Plate mount|
Alps SKCM Amber, or Amber Alps / Taxi Yellow Alps, is a clicky switch in the complicated Alps SKCL/SKCM series.
Amber Alps switches are a fairly unusual model of Alps switch, that so far appears to have only been used in a single keyboard, that of the memory expansion Apple IIc. Based on this, the switch appears to have been produced from 1986 to 1988. The amber color earned them the moniker of "NYC Taxi Yellow" or simply "Taxi Yellow", though this same color has also been used for linear switches. The slider color is very similar to that of Amber Omron B3G-S series switches, but not quite as saturated.
It appears that the switches are considerably higher weighted than normal switches, coming in at somewhere between 80 and 100 gf. Variation in characteristics due to age must be considered however, before this is taken as fact.
The switchplate has so far been found to be grey full-height. The bottom of the click leaf is not folded inwards as with other Alps switches. The slits are the shorter revised design. There is no logo on the upper shell.
Known variants include:
|Switchplate Color||Switchplate Length||Alps Logo||Generation|
|Black||Long||No Logo||Pine (with slits)|
|Grey||Long||No Logo||Pine (with slits)|
The following switches were sourced from eBlueJay seller Apple2OnlineStore and are believed to have been taken from an Apple IIc keyboard.
Colour comparison with typical Alps SKCL Yellow (left)
Colour comparison with Amber Omron B3G-S series
Internals viewed from below, and comparison with Alps SKCM White