Cherry is best known as the most ambitious keyboard switch creators, small switches that stay behind every key on your favorite input device. They are less known for actually making their edges, which is why the Cherry KC 4500 Ergo is so interesting.
This full-size keyboard, as you can see above, is designed for ergonomically luxury. The keyboard is 18.70 x 8.53 x 1.39 inside and not rewinded.
The chiclet-style buttons have the same key to the MacBook keys and are completely silent. The depth is satisfying but everything has a little mushy feel, which you might want if you were trying to reduce the weight on your hands. While it’s not my favorite style, it’s definitely easy on the fingers and very quiet.
The key replacement is a rubber dome, which means it’s not traditionally mechanical. This style is very similar to the replacement of most laptop keyboards, which should make the transition from MacBook smooth.
Now with the bad news. The keyboard has no N-key rollover which means you can hold down a few buttons at a time. On most repair keyboards, you can easily grasp all four lines - say, “qwer” - and then tap “ty” both at the same time and get “qwerty.” In my experiment, this keyboard supports up to four keys at once, and not very well. Don’t expect to do any hardcore game or swipe your fingers in a hard typing jag and you’ll be fine.
While this model is not for everyone, it is definitely worth a look compared to similar offerings like Microsoft's $ 39 model and Logitech's K350 Wireless Wave Keyboard for $ 59.
The 4500 Ergo is definitely built for luxury. If you’ve been hitting with a mechanical keyboard at any time, this $ 45 keyboard is like giving your carpal tunnel a day of spa. The built-in wrist rest is soft and comfortable, the design is beautiful, and the switches, though not the familiar heads from Cherry, are better than most laptop keyboards. If you think of it as a way to take a break from standard keyboards, the 4500 Ergo is perfect.