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Cherry announces new budget mechanical keyboard

Cherry announces new budget mechanical keyboard

With the Cherry MX G80-3850, mechancal keyboards have reached a new price low.

Cherry, of Cherry keyboard switch fame, has announced the MX G80-3850, a new budget mechanical gaming keyboard that's currently available for a mere £65 at the Gadget Show Live.

The new keyboard uses a full suite of Cherry red key switches for a lightweight action and long key life. It also features a button for quickly disabling the Windows key to prevent accidentally exiting a game while playing, and the USB cable is removable.

Also available are replacement clear keys, along with a key removal tool, for easily modifying the look of the keyboard.

The keyboard is clearly a budget design with a very lightweight, flexible feel to the chassis - almost disconcertingly so - but given it's generally the keys of a keyboard that go first we're sure it'll stand up to normal typing duties for plenty of time. There are also few extras with no backlighting or multimedia keys.

Newly launched, there are only a few handfuls of the keyboards currently available in the UK, and all of them are being sold at the Gadget Show Live for a discounted price of £65. But, shortly stock will be readily available from normal distributors with an MSRP of £79.99.

We'll be sure to get one of these new keyboards in for a full review as soon as possible but in the mean time let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Mankz 2nd April 2013, 17:10 Quote
Should read "Get £15 OFF at Gadget Show Live"..
KidMod-Southpaw 2nd April 2013, 17:33 Quote
The caps look awfully low profile. I wonder how that's going to pan out.
Shirty 2nd April 2013, 17:33 Quote
Just get a Ducky DK2108 for £70 instead. Better looking, cheaper and also available in red, black, blue or brown switches.

By the sound of it built a lot better too. If I sound like an evangelist, it's because of all the brands I've owned (most of them now to be truthful) Ducky are the best.
Gareth Halfacree 2nd April 2013, 17:35 Quote
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Just get a Ducky DK2108 for £70 instead. Better looking, cheaper and also available in red, black, blue or brown switches.
I'm still waiting for a keyboard to hit the UK with Cherry MX Green switches; supposedly the closest thing to IBM's wonderful buckling springs in a microswitch. (Yes, I know you can still buy buckling spring keyboards - but by *god* they're ugly. Whatever happened to the clean lines of the Model F?)
Shirty 2nd April 2013, 17:47 Quote
It'll happen, they're becoming reasonably widely available in the US since CM Storm started using them.
KidMod-Southpaw 2nd April 2013, 17:48 Quote
Didn't Ducky make a greens board?
Shirty 2nd April 2013, 17:50 Quote
DK9008G2 Pro was available in greens for a spell over the pond

A beautiful thing it was too.
DBA 2nd April 2013, 18:16 Quote
But greens are sooo heavy..

It looks like it's just a G80-3800 with 4 extra keys and a detachable cable. Tbh, I think it will serve anyone just as well as any other mechanical board. It's got a nifty software too. A shame the caps lock switch is placed oddly, making it hard to change the key cap.
InSanCen 3rd April 2013, 00:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Just get a Ducky DK2108 for £70 instead. Better looking, cheaper and also available in red, black, blue or brown switches.
I'm still waiting for a keyboard to hit the UK with Cherry MX Green switches; supposedly the closest thing to IBM's wonderful buckling springs in a microswitch. (Yes, I know you can still buy buckling spring keyboards - but by *god* they're ugly. Whatever happened to the clean lines of the Model F?)

This man has sense.

Until I try Greens, You can pry my Buckling springs (Model M's, Model F AT and M13) out of my cold, dead hands.

Even then, I may not want to stop using them, depending on the key feel.

Regards the board, I can get a K60 for less than that. I can also get far better on the used market.
Shirty 3rd April 2013, 00:31 Quote
If you can get hold of a couple of old Cherry G80-3000s, one with blues and one with blacks, you know you can combine the stems from the blues with the springs from the blacks to make a board with "ghetto greens"? You could probably achieve this for under £50 if you got lucky on a few auctions...
Xir 3rd April 2013, 07:51 Quote
well, the G80-3000 is still sold new, so...

Cherry don't really go into key-technology on their keyboard website...shame
Shirty 3rd April 2013, 09:01 Quote
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True, but buying two new boards to emulate one would cost more than importing one with the correct switches.
Gareth Halfacree 3rd April 2013, 10:06 Quote
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Until I try Greens, You can pry my Buckling springs (Model M's, Model F AT and M13) out of my cold, dead hands.
Word. I picked up a Model M from the marketplace for £25 a while back, but I just can't get used to it - compared to the Model F, it just feels 'mushy.' If that's the finger-feel the Cherry MX Greens emulate, I don't want 'em.

It's a real shame, because I'd *love* a new keyboard: it's not until you have a keyboard with no dedicated cursor keys that you realise how much software isn't programmed to look to the keypad cursor keys for direction. Add into that such fun activities as having to plug a separate keyboard in each time I want to flash the BIOS (it's hard to press F12 to get into EZFlash when your keyboard only goes up to F10) and it's clear the Model F is a pain in the backside - but I just can't bring myself to use anything else, not with the amount of typing I do. I used to get carpal tunnel and RSI-like symptoms, and since switching to the Model F quite some years ago I haven't had a single problem.
InSanCen 3rd April 2013, 10:47 Quote
I rotate my boards (currently using an AT101W, blacks and the M13 is up next when I get twinges), to stop the symptoms You describe, but probably 80% of my usage is on Buckling springs. The Model F AT is by far the best in terms of feel, but it also has the highest Spousal Annoyance factor, she hates the "ping", so it doesn't stay on the desk for very long.

PS:- a customer of mine loves your co-authored Pi book.

If You fancy giving a new home to that unused, unloved Model M... ;-)
Gareth Halfacree 3rd April 2013, 14:43 Quote
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PS:- a customer of mine loves your co-authored Pi book.
Glad to hear it!
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If You fancy giving a new home to that unused, unloved Model M... ;-)
I'm keeping it as an emergency spare in case my Model F ever dies, but it needs a bit of work: several keys aren't responding. It's on the "to do" pile, alongside the Microvitek Cub monitor, the ZX81 with the missing ULA, the Master System I was going to mod for composite output...
blackerthanblack 4th April 2013, 12:36 Quote
With all the different key types, does anyone have suggestions as to the best way to get a feel for the most suitable type for an individual?
I would like to get an idea of the type I might prefer, but I'm not shelling out lots of cash just to try them. Would a decent PC vendor let me try them out, or should I just get some cheaper used units to try?
Shirty 4th April 2013, 12:45 Quote
I'd advise starting with Cherry MX brown switches.

There was a thread in the marketplace where a switch tester was being passed around to allow people to try out the different switches, but I can't find it at the minute.

EDIT: Found it!
blackerthanblack 4th April 2013, 13:52 Quote
Thanks for that, I'll put myself in line (after work, of course - seems to be getting in the way of more interesting things)
Shirty 4th April 2013, 13:56 Quote
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Don't hold your breath until we've established where they are ;)
SazBard 4th April 2013, 21:30 Quote
I don't really consider a £65 keyboard to be a 'budget' item, people do their weekly shopping for less, you are aware of this aren't you? The way you wrote the article was like it came straight from the marketing dept of Cherry...
pantalaimon 4th April 2013, 22:03 Quote
Asda are selling SteelSeries 6GV2s for £50 but they appear to be sold out at the moment.
Shirty 4th April 2013, 22:33 Quote
I think the 6Gv2 is a slightly false economy, almost a mechanical for the sake if being a mechanical if you will and not a particularly well made or nice to type or game on. For less than £20 more you can get a much better keyboard for your money. I'd prefer a good rubber dome tbh ;)

Also I think MX blacks are a terrible choice for a first mech, but opinions are like arseholes and mine is no more valid than anyone else's.
InSanCen 7th April 2013, 00:28 Quote
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Glad to hear it!

I'm keeping it as an emergency spare in case my Model F ever dies, but it needs a bit of work: several keys aren't responding. It's on the "to do" pile, alongside the Microvitek Cub monitor, the ZX81 with the missing ULA, the Master System I was going to mod for composite output...

If you need keycaps, PM me, I have most as spares. Can't help if the membrane has died though, I used my last one a year or so ago.
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