Alps SKCM Black

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Alps SKCM Black
Alps SKCM Black -- infobox.jpg
Manufacturer Alps Electric
Family Alps SKCL/SKCM series
Product code SKCMAP
Supersedes Alps SKCM Salmon
Switch type Tactile
Sense method Metal leaf
Actuation force 70 gf
Keycap mount Alps mount
Switch mount Plate mount

Alps SKCM Black, or complicated black Alps, is a tactile switch in the Alps SKCL/SKCM series. Complicated black Alps is well-known for its use in the Dell AT101 series of keyboards.

Opinions on complicated black Alps switches varies. The force curve is unclean,[1] lending the switch a rough feel that leads many to pan the switch.


Known variants include:

Switchplate Alps logo Slits
White, short Logo With slits ("pine")
White, short Logo No slits ("bamboo")




  1. Atelier Silencium — ALPS Dated 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  2. Geekhack — Alps Appreciation Thread Posted 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  3. Flickr — NEXT KeyBoard Retrieved 2015-07-21.