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How do dampened ALPS feel? I have a love for ALPS switches but have never had the chance to use dampened ALPS before. How do they compare to to a complicated white (non dampened)? It seems like putting a piece of rubber on it would give it an odd feeling.
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Like Alps but without the hard bottoming out. Feels quite a bit different.
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They feel mushy due to the rubber absorbing the feel of bottoming out. Because Alps switches bottom out easily, and because even they aren't particularly tactile, the Cream switches feel almost like rubber domes.

Some have modded the dampened sliders into clicky switches, again I find this just makes them feel mushy.
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How do dampened ALPS feel? I have a love for ALPS switches but have never had the chance to use dampened ALPS before. How do they compare to to a complicated white (non dampened)? It seems like putting a piece of rubber on it would give it an odd feeling.
They feel very nice, almost on par to cherry ergo clears/beige, but you will miss the hard sound they made when bottoming out.

Btw they are nice because can be easily undampened, and with a suitable donor board made ckicky

You can have a similar effect with the o-ring modded cherrys.
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So for a guy who likes that very tactile rugged feel of ALPS it wouldnt be beneficial to replace XMs with dampened ALPS?
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So for a guy who likes that very tactile rugged feel of ALPS it wouldnt be beneficial to replace XMs with dampened ALPS?

Never touched an XM switch, will happen quickly (i hope), then I'll be more precise.
post #7 of 13
If you take the dampeners off Cream Alps, what you are left with is effectively Black Alps, which are much cheaper/easier to find than the Creams to begin with.
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post #8 of 13
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If you take the dampeners off Cream Alps, what you are left with is effectively Black Alps, which are much cheaper/easier to find than the Creams to begin with.
If they are the same, spring, leaf and all, they are softer than model M's keys
post #9 of 13
Well, that depends on what you mean by "Soft". Any Black Alps I've tried bottoms out hard with little tactility, and any Cream Alps I've tried bottoms out in a mushy with with little tactility.Bit of a lose-lose situation.

If you're talking about bottoming out, then yeah, the Cream Alps don't bottom out as hard, I just don't think that balances out what is otherwise a rather mediocre switch.
Edited by ch_123 - 7/28/11 at 3:05pm
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post #10 of 13
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Well, that depends on what you mean by "Soft"
Well I've just switch-o-metered them and BS always "wins", in turn the Alps switch wins always v.s. blue and v.s. most (but not all) of my ergo clears (tolerances).

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I've tried bottoms out in a mushy with with little tactility.
Little tactility... no, more or less the same tactility as ergo clears aka little less than blues.

Mushy, absolutely not, I cant find a better word than "dampened", and doesn't mean that I'll keep the switch dampened. I have to decide, surely I haven't dampened my cherry boards, but dampening them reduces a little the keytravel while the alps will keep roughly the same one, no matter if dampened or undampened.
Edited by The Solutor - 7/28/11 at 6:13pm
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