The mouse and keyboard operate wirelessly and are therefore equipped with rechargeable batteries to ensure long and trouble-free operation. Cherry does not provide any information on the capacities of the batteries installed. In the test the running times turned out to be more than sufficient. We didn’t get the battery empty during several weeks of daily use.
If mouse and keyboard are connected via Bluetooth, Windows 10 displays the current battery status. Thanks to this display, the user will not suddenly be surprised by an empty battery, but can react in time and recharge the battery. By the way, this is quite simply possible via the included microUSB cable and can also be done during use. However, the fact that only one cable is included in the set is a big drawback. The keyboard and mouse can never be charged at the same time, which in case of doubt can lead to temporary unusability of the set. This may be a scenario that is almost unlikely to occur in practice, but Cherry could have easily counteracted it by adding a second cable.
Also negative is the fact that it is a microUSB cable and not a USB-C cable. The use of the newer standard would have been expected as it has some advantages.
The desktop set can be operated in two ways. A connection via Bluetooth can be established in a completely uncomplicated way. No additional receiver is required for this – the Bluetooth function of the PC simply has to be turned on and a connection can be established at the click of a mouse. In the test, this type of connection worked absolutely without any problems.
If you want to operate several devices with the desktop set, if you have a PC without Bluetooth connectivity or if you simply don’t want to use Bluetooth, you can still be happy with the desktop set. Cherry includes a 2.4 GHz radio receiver with the set, which can be used like a USB stick. It can also be used to establish a connection between the receiver, mouse and keyboard. Also this possibility of connection worked perfectly in the test. If it is not used, it simply disappears into the underside of the mouse and is held there magnetically.
In both cases, however, an encrypted connection is established, which is certainly a great advantage, since the entries cannot be read out in this way.