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I recently got the Cherry MX board Silent keyboard and wanted to share my experience. But first a little background. Cherry is a German company that produces high-end mechanical keyboards. Their mechanical switches - the technology under the keys -are considered first rate world wide.
The Cherry MX Silent (mine came in black) is a standard office keyboard. It has everything you would expect for a keyboard designed to be used in an office environment where the user is really doing a lot of typing. Standard keyboard layout, 12 function keys above, numeric keypad to the right, cursor keys, insert/delete etc. The only lights on the keyboard indicate the various locks - Number, Caps and Scroll. Perhaps unsurprisingly there is no media keys. And it isn't wireless, it is a wired USB keyboard.
In use it works as advertised, significantly quieter than my Dell keyboard it replaced. Quiet - but not totally silent. As I type this I still can hear the keys being depressed, although its not a lot of sound. The one exception was the space bar, it was a bit louder the other keys. Not sure if that's normal or just this particular keyboard.
Unlike some keyboards where you only push them slightly to register a key, because these keys use mechanical switches this requires the keys to be completely pressed down when typing. That's not a flaw either - I rarely get repeating keys now. However, it took some adjustment as at first I sometimes didn't depress the key sufficiently and words had missing letters. But you adjust to that quickly.
Bottom line this is an excellent office keyboard and one I can easily recommend. But I think they really should consider media keys in the next model - I often listen to music while working as many others do. And at the price of $149 they should probably be included.
You can find it at Amazon here.
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