Hosiden switch

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Hosiden switch
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Manufacturer Hosiden
Sense method Metal leaf
Keycap mount Alps mount

The Hosiden switch is presently the only known keyboard switch from Hosiden Corporation. It has characteristics that are a hybrid of Cherry MX and Mitsumi standard mechanical:

  • Alps-mount slider
  • Cherry MX–style shell with LED recess
  • Mitsumi-style contact module

Although it resembles an Alps clone, it is not compatible with Alps SKCL/SKCM switches. It does not appear to be Cherry-compatible either, although interestingly the term "HOSIDEN" appears on a Chicony KB-5161A mounting plate found in a KB-5181 keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches.[1]

The base of the switch bears Hosiden's logo.


  • Panasonic AG-A850[2]
  • Royal Alpha 100 keyboard[3]
  • SNE GINGA-286L[4]


  1. KBtalKing — ▲▲▲ARC KB-5181特規cherry青軸▲▲▲ (Chinese only) Dated 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  2. Deskthority — Panasonic AG-A850 ALPS Mount, Complicated, Linear
  3. Geekhack — [FS] Executone Wyse WY60, Royal Alpha 100 keyboard Posted 2014-11-16. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  4. MouseFan — SNE GINGA-286L (Japanese only) Dated 2004-11-14. Retrieved 2015-07-27.