Alps SKCM Brown

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Alps SKCM Brown
Alps SKCM Brown -- infobox.jpg
Manufacturer Alps Electric
Family Alps SKCL/SKCM series
Precedes Alps SKCM Green
Switch type Tactile
Sense method Metal leaf
Keycap mount Alps mount
Switch mount Plate mount

Alps SKCM Brown, or tactile brown Alps, is a tactile switch in the complicated Alps SKCL/SKCM series.

Tactile brown Alps is the original tactile switch in the SKCM series. Tactility was introduced by placing a second, modified switchplate actuator leaf onto a dummy block on the opposite side of the switch. This arrangement has been reported to have a superior feel to the later design.[Citation needed] Tactile brown Alps has also been found with standard tactile leaves.[1]

The feel of tactile brown Alps has been reported to be similar to the officially documented force curve of Alps SKCM Green switches, which have a tactile leaf of a shape quite close to that of tactile brown Alps.[2] It is possible therefore that tactile green is the successor to tactile brown.

Linear brown switches also exist; these can (typically?) be identified by an LED cutout in the upper shell.


Early type

Early SKCM Brown switches with a modified actuator leaf for tactile feel.



  1. KBDMania — 알프스 스위치 분해와 결합, 윤활 방법입니다. (Korean only) Dated 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  2. Geekhack — Tactile Green Alps? Dated 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. Deskthority — The Mrinterface Switch Sample Bag (p. 8)
  4. Reddit — Does anyone know what this switch is called? Dated 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-07-31.