Having been involved in PC gaming since the mid-80’s, I have had years of experience using several different styles of keyboards and mice. I have watched keyboards go from being massive, off white behemoths, to slim, black, sexy things that have so many more features than they used to. The last keyboard I received to review was the Razer Chroma, one that has taken over as my default day to day and gaming keyboard, due to the features that it offers and how much I just love to type on it. The Razer Chroma was sleek, minimal in terms of size, and had multiple features attached to it, like lighting effects and programmable keys. So when I opened my next keyboard review, I was shocked at what I found. The Cherry MX G80-3000 keyboard is a throwback to my early days of PC gaming, and I’m not exactly sure if nestalgia, in this case, is a good thing.
Let’s start off with the good first, shall we? The Cherry MX G80-3000 is a fantastic keyboard to type on. The Cherry MX G80-3000 can come either in black or red switches, the one I received has red switches, and is completely silent. I found that the response times from keystroke to action was smooth and felt great. The Cherry MX G80-3000 is a mechanical keyboard that has a service life of about 50 million keystrokes, so it will last you a very long time. It comes USB 2.0 or PS/2 (via adaptor) ready. The Cherry MX G80-3000 weighs a solid 2 pounds and measures in at approximately 19.48′ x 10′ x 1.96′, so it’s a monster of a keyboard. And that’s it. That’s the whole lot for this keyboard. There really isn’t anything else to say about that.
You see, the Cherry MX G80-3000 does not light up, is not programmable, does not come with any additional software to add more functions to it. It is seriously just a huge, solid keyboard that looks like it escaped from the 80’s. The worst part? The cost. The Cherry MX G80-3000 will run you around $150.00. For comparison, the Razer Blackwidow Chroma will run you around $170.00 for so much more functionality. Now, I understand that there is great technology in the Cherry MX G80-3000 that makes it great to type on, but it’s not a gaming computer nor is it designed for the gamer. I can see this showing up in a laboratory somewhere, not attached to your high end gaming PC.
- Mechanical Black or Red stem MX Silent keyswitches are rated at 50 million actuations to withstand harsh environments and ensure long product lifetime
- Patented noise reduction using an integrated 2-component stem minimizes noise at top and bottom-out
- N-Key rollover: Simultaneous operations of up to 14 keys without any ghosting effects
- Self-cleaning contacts, dust and dirt resistant
- Full QWERTY key layout in full-size 18.5″ form factor
- USB 2.0 Interface or PS/2 with adapter
- 104 Keys
- PC & MAC compatible over USB
- Interface: USB 2.0 (PS/2 via adapter)
- Current Input: Typ. 15 mA
- Connecting Cable: approx. 1.75 m
- Weight: Approx. 935 g, 2.0 lbs. (without packaging)
- Dimensions: 470x195x44 mm, 18.5″×7.67″×1.73″
- Storage Temperature: -20°C to 60°C
- Operating Temperature: 0°C to 50°C
The Cherry MX G80-3000 is big, off-white, and is not backlit. It is strictly functional is aesthetic and design. This keyboard will not get you excited, unless you have a thing for large keyboards that look like they need to be hooked up to a Commodore 64.
This is the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. I would rather write a review for something that is so bad, that I have something to say about it. The Cherry MX G80-3000 is just a strictly, functional, silent, mechanical keyboard. In this day and age of gaming keyboards, you need to have something that draws the eye to you. Is the keyboard good looking? Does it have software that allows you to program macros? Is it backlit? Is it sleek and small, as to not take up too much space on your desktop? The Cherry MX G80-3000 answers all of these questions with a resounding “no”. What it does do is type, and that it does quite well. The Cherry MX G80-3000 is really nice to type on, and is something that I would use in my office at work when I worked in a lab. It is not something that I will use on my desk at home, for gaming or for writing. If the Cherry MX G80-3000 was priced more modestly, like about$70, I would have a little less trouble recommending it. However, at $150, you are so much better off spending that money on a more feature-rich mechanical gaming keyboard.
Cherry MX G80-3000 Review Score
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