Cherry G80-3000N RGB

Cherry G80-3000N RGB / RGB TKL

The Cherry G80-3000N RGB, released in September 2021, is a remake of the G80-3000 from the 1980s.

The Classic: Cherry G80-3000

The Cherry G80-3000 has a long history. Its first version was released in the end of the 1980s and it is still produced and sold today in the 2020s. Obviously, the keyboard received several updates over time, but at its core, it stayed the same. Now in 2021, Cherry makes an attempt to remake the classic with its new G80-3000N RGB.

Photo from a Cherry G80-3000 built in 1994 (source)

Cherry G80-3000N RGB – Building on the Legend?

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like the G80-3000N has much in common with its predecessor. While it is immediately obvious that the G80-3000 originates from way back, the new G80-3000N basically looks like every other modern keyboard. Lettering, colors, materials and housing changed. Also, some new features found its way into the keyboard, namely RGB lighting, n-key rollover and media control via function keys.

So, what is left from the original? For once, the keyboard still uses Cherry MX switches. Also the shape of the keycaps stayed the same. Cherry promises an original typing feel. Moreover, they say that the basic design language was inspired by the G80-3000. Time will tell, if that is enough to convince nostalgists. While the appearance changed quite a lot, most of the changes seem reasonable. For example, it is undeniable that the big housing of the G80-3000 was quite a waste of space.

Cherry G80-3000N RGB TKL – Tenkeyless Version

The Cherry G80-3000N is also available as a tenkeyless version (RGB TKL). By omitting the numpad, the keyboard requires much less space, while still offering basically the same feature set like its bigger brother.


Versions: Cherry G80-3000N RGB | Cherry G80-3000N RGB TKL

Tech Specs for Cherry G80-3000N RGB

Dimensions: 440 x 140 x 35 mm
Weight: 810 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Cable Length: 180 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: Yes
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: Cherry MX Silent Red
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable
Available since: Sep. 2021
Dimensions: 335 x 130 x 38 mm
Weight: 664 g
Connection: USB
Illumination: Yes (RGB)
Cable Length: 180 cm
Key Rollover: NKRO
Numpad: No
Macro Keys: No macro keys
Media Keys: Yes (integrated)
USB Passthrough: No USB Passthrough
Switches: Cherry MX Silent Red
Keycaps: Laser etched ABS keycaps
Extras: Fully programmable
Available since: Sep. 2021

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