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Offline monday

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alps key caps?
« on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 05:29:05 »
so I have a bad looking set of alps key caps but I want a new one for when my key board is done..... Im cutting it down to 75%. any one know where I can buy one?


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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 05:40:50 »
Your best bet is getting them off some old keyboard (I personaly really like font on Apple keyboard, for example Apple extended keyboard) or start a alps key caps group buy here (SP can make them http://keycapsdirect.com/).

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 09:29:43 »
Apple keys are very nice but do not integrate with anybody else's.

The Dell AT10x family has conventional layout but are not anything special.

Old boards like Northgate and Focus have great keys, but are so pricey that you would want to use the board itself anyway.
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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 09:36:09 »
I bought a Dell AT101W just for the caps but if youre making a 75% board like the Race layout, you might have a hard time with the oddly spaced keys like the short right shift

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 18:11:45 »
na im just cutting it down :D so no odd keys

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 18:18:43 »
this is what it is looking like right now lots to go

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« Reply #6 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 18:28:56 »
I've had pretty good luck getting Magitronic (Focus) keyboards for around $20-$30 each, including shipping. 

Lately I've been hunting old Toshiba laptops for their Alps-compatible keycaps.  Some pretty neat color combinations, and the limited selection of modifiers wouldn't be as much of an issue if you're going for a 75% layout.  The beauty of these key caps is that they're all doubleshots, from what I've found so far.  Some have pad-printed secondary legends, like on the fronts of the keys.

The article that led me to the Toshiba source: http://deskthority.net/photos-videos-f8/toshiba-t3100-t5200-t4711.html  From the article:

"From what I found on all the Toshiba T-series laptops, the following have ALPS compatible keycaps. T1200, T2100, T3100, T3200, T5100, T5200"

I haven't found any of the pictured graphite/orange modifiers, but I have almost complete sets in a nice cream-coffee color, and a set in gray w/graphite modifiers.




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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 20:46:39 »
this is what it is looking like right now lots to go
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You are cutting a Leading Edge DC-3014 down into 60% form factor.  I'm horrified and amazed at the same time.  Such a rare board...T__T
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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 23:36:21 »
this is what it is looking like right now lots to go
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You are cutting a Leading Edge DC-3014 down into 60% form factor.  I'm horrified and amazed at the same time.  Such a rare board...T__T
....... I didnt know its rare.... but yeah! I am... its the best KB I have ever typed on but I dont want to use it with a 10key.... so yeah im doing it........ best part got it for 1.50$ in the back of a shut down swap meet :D

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 07 April 2013, 23:57:02 »
I've had pretty good luck getting Magitronic (Focus) keyboards for around $20-$30 each, including shipping. 

Lately I've been hunting old Toshiba laptops for their Alps-compatible keycaps.  Some pretty neat color combinations, and the limited selection of modifiers wouldn't be as much of an issue if you're going for a 75% layout.  The beauty of these key caps is that they're all doubleshots, from what I've found so far.  Some have pad-printed secondary legends, like on the fronts of the keys.

The article that led me to the Toshiba source: http://deskthority.net/photos-videos-f8/toshiba-t3100-t5200-t4711.html  From the article:

"From what I found on all the Toshiba T-series laptops, the following have ALPS compatible keycaps. T1200, T2100, T3100, T3200, T5100, T5200"

I haven't found any of the pictured graphite/orange modifiers, but I have almost complete sets in a nice cream-coffee color, and a set in gray w/graphite modifiers.




omg thats soooo cool I love them thanks. ima start looking.

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 08 April 2013, 00:24:15 »
I've got a Focus FK2001 with doubleshot caps & white alps that I wouldn't mind selling.


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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 08 April 2013, 00:31:02 »
I've got a Focus FK2001 with doubleshot caps & white alps that I wouldn't mind selling.

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oh that looks nice! depending on how much you are thinking of selling it for I might be interested... just not the same layout of my KB. KD

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Re: alps key caps?
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 08 April 2013, 00:50:06 »
I've got a Focus FK2001 with doubleshot caps & white alps that I wouldn't mind selling.

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oh that looks nice! depending on how much you are thinking of selling it for I might be interested... just not the same layout of my KB. KD

Whoops, didn't notice that the layout was different. Anyway, I sent you a PM.