Non-mechanical keyboards have a place, the world needs more than just hardcore gaming focused board designs. That said, I really couldn’t get on with this set. The action on the keyboard was positive enough but, when typing sentences, we found that our error ratio had increased. You’d expect this in the first couple of hours with a new keyboard, but not after a week.
The mouse itself just feels too small. Its profile is low enough, that when your hand falls into its natural position, your palm is still 1-2cm above the mouse itself. This means you are supporting the weight of your hand all the time.
Encryption is cool, but how many of us are making trades etc on our standard rig? That said, having 128-bit AES could be a real selling point for some organisations.
Overall, Cherry has gone for an understated look with this functional bundle and it certainly looks up-market.
Unless you’re buying a lot of Microsoft/Logitech bundles for office use, we’re not convinced about sets.
Experienced users spend a lifetime finding a keyboard that they like and a mouse that suits their hand size/shape. With a budget of £43, you have a range of options with cables attached, but far fewer when you factor in the convenience of wireless.
For a pro-user who wants a little gaming on the side, then this set is worth considering. However, it’s far better suited someone with smaller hands.
Cherry has put a lot of effort into the design of this set and the £43 price tag is fitting given the build quality, styling and encryption capability. But at this price point, I would live with wires and choose a back-lit product with more responsive keys and a quicker mouse.
- Solid build quality
- Great wireless range
- Long rechargeable battery life
- Laser etching will last
- 128-bit AES encryption
- Mouse and keyboard are on the small side
- Mouse weight not suited to gamers
- Priced higher than entry level Logitech and Microsoft wireless options
- Not back-lit
KitGuru says: High quality wireless keyboard and mouse set for design-conscious professionals. As long as they have smaller than average hands.