The vast majority of computer users today attach importance not only to functionality, but also to the appearance of the devices used. So it is not surprising that more and more attention is being paid to the design coordination between the individual components. Sets consisting of mouse and keyboard are therefore enjoying increasing popularity – here the manufacturer has already taken care to design two devices in such a way that they are perfectly matched to each other. Furthermore, equipment grouped in such sets may also be expected to harmonise at a technical level.
The product “DW 9000 SLIM” from Cherry, which we tested, is a similar set.
Design and Workmanship
The name of the product does not come by chance. Cherry obviously attaches great importance to making both set components, but above all the keyboard, as flat as possible. The extremely thin construction is of course not only practical, but also important from a design point of view. In combination with the copper or bronze colour elements and the otherwise very simple design of the mouse and keyboard, the pronounced thinness ensures a very modern look. On the desk, the mouse and keyboard, which are optically perfectly matched, are real eye-catchers in the positive sense.
On a more practical level, Cherry wants to enable fatigue-free working thanks to its flat design. More about this will follow later. A big point of attack for flat keyboards is the usually hardly given stability and torsional stiffness. However, the keyboard included in the DW-9000 set is a notable exception in this respect. Cherry uses a metal plate as the base for the keyboard, which ensures sufficient stability and torsional rigidity despite its minimal thickness. This circumstance represents a major plus point and demonstrates the overall very good workmanship.
The keyboard stands absolutely securely on the desk and blends in very well with its surroundings. If required, it can also be set up steeper thanks to the four rubber feet supplied. At this point, however, it should be noted that you cannot switch between the two installation modes more frequently in this way. The keyboard can either be changed with the rubber feet – i.e. permanently set up steeply – or without them and thus permanently lying flat. A folding mechanism would be more practical, but would have torpedoed the overall concept based on flat and thin construction, so the decision is understandable. Nevertheless, there certainly would have been more flexible and elegant solutions – e.g. magnetic or screw-on feet would have been options.
Overall, however, we are very satisfied with both the design and the workmanship and can praise Cherry very much.