Summary: Be careful when using the catalog. Some specs are wrong.
Pros: I emailed Cherry company and recieved a reply almost immediately, that the 4100 series of keyboards use ML and not MX switches. The catalog is wrong when it says 50 million activations, it reads 20 million on the spec sheet on next page. ML are different sized and I don't think the keycaps are interchangeable. It is still a great keyboard for those looking for a compact non lit keyboard, but if you want to customize, the options are limited.
Awesome quality, Low sound even though it is mechanical, Space saver......
19 July 2011
Summary: I've used G84-4100(Old model) for a long time. and i purchased 2 (new model) more. Because i thought that i am going to be with this keyboard for my remain life New model removed few keys so it has more rooms on bottom key column. But It still has few problem that specially right shift, Back space, enter keys are so small. but it is okay when you used to. At the first time i just bought it as small sized keyboard for my business trip.
Summary: I purchased one of these for somebody else who didn't quite have enough space for a 'full size' keyboard. Nice quality product, substantial build quality, with a slightly 'springy' key action,not as 'fast' and responsive as the logitech keyboards. For continuous use throughout the day, this wouldn't be my choice.
Summary: If the keys were illuminated then this keyboard would be perfect because then the fading of the key labels would not come into play. I suppose if you're the type that NEVER looks at the keys it might not matter to you that the keys fade, but I still subtracted one egg for that. I periodically research whether Cherry makes a mini keyboard like this with illuminated keys (and for replacement keycaps).
Pros: Excellent tactile feel! At first the keys were a little too hard to press but once I got used to them, I found I like this keyboard better than any other keyboard I've used. I hate mushy keys and this keyboard's keys are not that. I have had my keyboards (at home and at work) for a couple of years and the keys still feel like brand new. This keyboard really encouraged me to concentrate when I was first starting to use it and it has paid off - I didn't do any official ...
Cons: It can seem loud at times. The labeling on the keys is cheap and have faded away on my most used keys! I got mine somewhat cheaper but there's no way that they should fade on a keyboard this expensive. I have had a keyboard that cost almost one tenth as much and the labeling on the keys did not fade. It is certainly a fine keyboard but I sure wish it cost less!
Summary: I use this keyboard everyday, 8 hours a day. It is very nice. The keys are easy to press. All of the keys are easy to use except that the ~ and ` keys are in an odd place, but I learned to used with with out much trouble. I use it on a Linux system so I am not sure if Windows users will miss the menu and window buttons. I use the keys so much that the letters rub off, but I have this problem with all keyboards.
Summary: Very nice product, though hard to see why Cherry charge so much for a keyboard which has effectively had things removed, not bolted on! Be wary of the claim that it is PS/2. It is USB, so don't think you have to buy an adapter, as I did.
Summary: This keyboard is the perfect size for a small desk. The keys are pretty much normal size, and the only thing different from a regular size keyboard is that the number pad is absent and the pg dn etc. keys are rearranged to take up less space. If you don't need a number pad, as I don't, this is a wonderful keyboard. I've been using it now for three weeks, and I'm so glad I found it.
Summary: Ignore the other slightly disinterested review. These are the best thing for your desk; beautiful key action; you can shove them out of the way when you have other stuff to do; and if you use illustrator, and need to use lots of key shortcuts, you can cover the whole keyboard with one hand, and mouse away with the other. Brilliantly fast, brillaintly convienient. Get rid of that sunken aircraft carrier bunging up your desk; get one of these.