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.
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.
Tech Specs for Cherry G80-3000N RGB
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