ALPS keyboard clickdamp Mod
I modified my Dell AT-101W keyboard to really clicky ALPS switches with rubber dampers. Only the main area has been modified. The future goal is a keyboard that consists only of a main area. For now the existing AT-101W will do it.
I cannibalized two other keyboards:
Apple Extended Keyboard II
I found the AEKII at ebay and got it for 1 Euro. It has a german layout, so I could not use the keycaps for the ANSI-layouted target keyboard.
The AEKII has non-clicky ALPS switches with rubber dampers, which I like. They don't click, what I miss.
I got the focus FK-2002 as a gift from my brother-in-law Daniel. It lacks the body, but it is fully functional.
The focus FK-2002 has white clicky ALPS switches, which I like. They have no rubber dampers, so they give a cheap release sound.
The original Dell AT-101W has black non-clicky ALPS switches. They feel OK, but they sound poor.
I removed the keycaps and disassembled the keys of the 3 keyboards.
All parts were cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner
I assembled the clickdamp keyswitch from:
- the leafs from the FK-2002 keyboard
- the springs from the AEKII keyboard
- the button from the AEKII
- the upper frame from the AEKII