Alps SKCM Cream Damped

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Alps SKCM Cream Damped
Alps SKCM Cream Damped -- top.jpg
Manufacturer Alps Electric
Family Alps SKCL/SKCM series
Product code SKCMBB
Discontinued 1994 or later
Precedes Alps SKCM White Damped
Switch type Tactile, damped
Sense method Metal leaf
Actuation force 70 gf
Keycap mount Alps mount
Switch mount Plate mount

Alps SKCM Cream Damped, or damped tactile Cream Alps / "Ivory" Alps (according to the Alps 1994 catalogue), is a damped tactile switch in the Alps SKCL/SKCM series. It should not be mistaken for the earlier Alps SKCM Cream, which was not damped. If the switch has no Alps logo on the top then it is likely to be the latter.


Damped Cream Alps switches have small black rubber dampers fitted into grooves on either side of the slider; these quieten the switch by cushioning the impact of the slider against the inside of the switch both when bottoming out and on its return. The damper does not reach to the bottom of the slider, so the stops moulded into the base of the shell have been widened to accommodate.

Variants of the switch exist both with slits and without, with slits being the significantly more common variety. The model was followed by SKCM White Damped, which differs in that the sliders are made from a different plastic and the switch weighting is slightly heavier, though is otherwise identical to damped Cream without slits.

It appears that the tactile leaf was modified during its production run, with the hole removed, and small indentations introduced. Initally, they used either very similar, or exacly the same tactile leaves as Alps SKCM Salmon. They were replaced later by the kind most commonly found in Alps SKCM Black and Alps SKCM White Damped switches.

Early switches were lubricated.


Known variants include:

Switchplate Color Switchplate Length Alps Logo Generation
White Short Logo Pine (with slits)
White Short Logo Bamboo (without slits)



See also