Thin power buttons?

Harnser

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I'm in the early planning stages of a SFF scratch-built HTPC case, and have been looking for power buttons to keep with the overall design aesthtic.

Originally I wanted a touch-activated button like the XBOX 360 Slim had, but capacitance buttons can't be bought pre-made so I gave up on that :)

I want a metal-finish button like this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-039-DT maybe with LED lighting (it would be useful to know the machine is on), however I cannot track down less deep buttons, as the case is small and this sticks into space reserved for the SSD.

Why are most 12V momentary switch buttons an inch/inch-and-a-half (25mm-35mm) in length? Is there a source of shorter ones? I've seen a couple on aliexpress etc but not here in Europe.

There are alternative tactile switches like http://www.rapidonline.com/electronic-components/3ctl6s-ip67-tactile-switch-80565 but they're really ugly in comparison and not waht I'd want mounted on the front of my case.
 

Mohonri

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How DIY are you willing to go? And how thin do you need it to be?
 

Harnser

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I can't do the metal turning to get a nice metallic button, but I can disassemble an existing one. So happy to consider building a button from components. Given I don't really want much travel on the button (more "touch on", not "push on") that could work too.

As to thickness - 10-15mm would be good.
 

Jorona

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What about a mouse switch, like an Omron?


 
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