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Global Statistics

All countries
196,035,575
Confirmed
Updated on 28/07/2021 9:50 am
All countries
175,998,028
Recovered
Updated on 28/07/2021 9:50 am
All countries
4,194,208
Deaths
Updated on 28/07/2021 9:50 am

A Solid Entry-Level Keyboard and Mouse Set – Review Geek

Classification:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolutely hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta warm garbage
  • 3 – Strongly flawed design
  • 4 – Some pros, many cons
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Cool, but not the best in its class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Nirvana of the absolute design

Price: $ 49.99 (MSRP)

Cameron summerson

When you think of Cherry, you most likely think of mechanical keyboards. While this is what the company is best known for, it is not all it does. The Cherry Gentix Desk set is one example, and it’s a great budget for anyone looking to buy a new wireless keyboard and mouse.

This is what we like

  • Good value
  • Software to customize additional buttons
  • Excellent multimedia controls on the keyboard

And what we don’t do

  • The mouse feels cheap
  • No backlight

For just $ 50, I wasn’t expecting much from the Gentix desktop set. Switching from my beloved Logitech MX Keys and MX Master 3 wasn’t something I really expected, but I was pleasantly surprised once I started using the Gentix set. While a direct comparison to a $ 200-plus configuration wouldn’t be fair, the price of this set is not indicative of its quality. In fact, it has some great features than I do. prefer about my Logi setup.

The keyboard and mouse are designed to work together, both are wireless with a shared receiver (no Bluetooth, sorry), and are battery powered. Cherry says you can expect about three years of use from the included AAA batteries (two per device), which honestly isn’t too bad! I have to charge my MX keys at least once a week, which is 156 times less efficient or something like that.

But yes, that is the essence. Now let’s talk about the details.

Cherry Gentix keyboard: a decent keyboard with killer multimedia controls

The Gentix keyboard and mouse set
Cameron summerson

If I said I’m a keyboard snob, I’d be lying. The only thing I know about keyboards is what I. not like: mechanical keyboards. This is contrary to most other writers I know, but I just can’t do long trips, loud noises, and all the other nonsense people seem to love (??) about mechs. That’s the main reason I was interested in the Gentix set in the first place, and while the keyboard isn’t a low-profile, short-travel keyboard like I’m used to, it still feels pretty good for typing.

It has quite a bit of travel, which is a departure from most other non-mechanical keyboards I’ve used in recent years that seem to go for the shortest travel possible. While there is a period of adjustment if you are used to a lower profile switch, it is not bad. Switching to Gentix from my MX keys or even the keyboard on my Surface Laptop 3 was essentially painless.

A close-up of the additional keys on the Gentix keyboard
Cameron summerson

The Gentix keyboard uses a standard 104-key layout, complete with a 10-key numeric keypad. It also has 10 additional keys for Windows lock, browser, email, calculator, and multimedia controls. The latter is actually my favorite feature of the Gentix keyboard – the multimedia keys are at the bottom, below the standard keys. This allows these keys to have a different layout than you’d find on most keyboards, leading to more intuitive controls in my opinion. I wish all keyboards used this layout for multimedia controls.

The volume control buttons on the Gentix keyboardGentix keyboard multimedia controls

However, if you’re not a fan of these extra keys, Cherry offers a customization tool called Cherry keys. This allows you to change the default function of not only the additional keys, but also the entire row F1-12. With Cherry Keys, you can configure keys to do things like run a program, open a file, modify a system setting (like lock the screen), use a macro, and more. It is not endless, but it is quite versatile and unexpected at this price.

On the downside, this keyboard lacks some sort of backlighting, which isn’t uncommon, but it’s still a bummer. I don’t know why backlighting is always so important to me when I touch typeface, but it is. It’s like my brain can’t function if it knows the keys aren’t on. Brains are weird, man. Unfortunately, the text on the keys it is pretty bright white so it stands out. In a well-lit room, that’s only as good as the backlight. I think. Maybe. Close enough anyway.

Cherry Keys software for Windows
Cherry Keys allows you to reassign certain functions

Lastly, let’s talk about the quality of the build. It’s okay? I’m not expecting $ 200 keyboard quality from a $ 50 keyboard set (and neither should you), but it still feels solid for this price. It doesn’t feel “cheap” by my standards, not to the point where I actively think “wow, this sure feels cheap” every time I type it. The mouse, on the other hand …

Cherry Gentix Mouse: a cheap mouse with some cool tricks

Cherry Gentix Mouse
Cameron summerson

While I may not be very picky on keyboards, I think I’m more particular on mice. Mostly because I have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis so my thumb drives me walnuts when I use a non-ergonomic mouse. I tried to put that aside when I tested the Gentix mouse, but it is difficult because this mouse is not very ergonomic at all.

It’s not uncomfortable though, and it does have some cool features. But it also feels pretty cheap, especially compared to the keyboard. There’s a fine line between “wow, this is a light mouse!” and “wow, this mouse feels like it was found in the less than a dollar container at the local grocery store.” This mouse leans a lot towards the last statement, although it is not Quite there. But yeah, it feels pretty cheap.

The Cherry Gentix mouse with a focus on the DPI button
The DPI button allows you to go from 1,000 to 2,000 (and vice versa) instantly. Cameron summerson

Despite the low-end build, it’s not bad to use. There are six buttons that feel good and click this little guy: left, right, forward, back, scroll wheel, and a DPI switch. The latter is something you didn’t expect to see in a mouse at this price point (are you noticing the trend here?) And it’s a very nice touch. You can easily switch between 1000 and 2000 DPI with the click of a button. I like this because it makes it easy to switch between daily tasks and those that require more precision. (Like editing all the dust from the review images of all the black devices that are heavily tampered with. Cough).

Like the keyboard, the Gentix mouse also works with Cherry Keys software to reprogram the scroll wheel click and thumb forward / back buttons. The DPI switch cannot be reprogrammed, which is a shame for those who don’t need this feature. It would be useful to have an additional button that could do whatever you want without sacrificing the other expected functionality of a mouse.

Cherry Keys software shows option to reprogram Gentix mouse buttons

The mouse has interesting foam padding on both sides where the thumb and ring finger would normally rest. At first I thought this seemed like a cheap and tacky addition, but after using the mouse for a while, I started to like it. It’s a smooth but textured area that makes using the mouse more comfortable, or at least more pleasant to the touch.

The bottom of the mouse is where you’ll find the bay for the pair of AAA batteries, and there’s also a convenient little garage for the 2.4GHz USB dongle that connects everything, making at least the mouse a decent option for traveling as well. I don’t see anyone taking the keyboard on the go (although I suppose you could?), As it is too bulky. The mouse would not be a bad choice if you want to live that mouse life. That would really test its durability, heh.

Conclusion: not a bad deal for a complicated place

Look, here’s the thing, if you only have $ 50 to spend and you need a new mouse and keyboard, you could do a lot worse than the Cherry Gentix desktop set. It’s definitely worth the asking price (and a bit more), especially with useful features like well-placed media controls on the keyboard and customizable buttons on both devices. The mouse feels decidedly cheap, but hey, at this price, the corners have to get somewhere.

Classification: 8/10

Price: $ 49.99 (MSRP)

This is what we like

  • Good value
  • Software to customize additional buttons
  • Excellent multimedia controls on the keyboard

And what we don’t do

  • The mouse feels cheap
  • No backlight

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