Alps SKCM Cream Damped
|Family||Alps SKCL/SKCM series|
|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 cream Alps ("ivory" 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.
It appears that SKCM Cream Damped was followed by SKCM White Damped, which appears to be the same switch but with the slits removed and no pigmentation added to the slider.
It appears that the tactile leaf was modified during its production run, with the hole removed, and small indentations introduced.