The Cherry KC 4500 Ergonomic Keyboard From Cherry MX
The Cherry KC 4500 Ergonomic keyboard is one of the most popular keyboards on the market today. Many people have purchased this keyboard for use at work, at home, or as a gaming keyboard. The key components of this keyboard are well built and are considered among the finest Cherry MX mechanical keyboards available on the market today. This Cherry review will focus on the pros & cons of the keyboard.
The travel distance provided by the Cherry MX key switch is larger than that of a normal Cherry laptop keypad. This travel distance gives more room to your fingers to type and less to reposition your wrists after typing. Some people may find this to be an advantage, but some will prefer the smaller travel distance of a normal Cherry laptop keypad. When typing quickly, this extra travel distance may actually decrease your accuracy. If you are used to fast paced actions, the extra travel distance may actually inhibit your speed somewhat.
One of the best aspects of the Cherry KC 4500 Ergo is its full macro capability. Unlike many other keyboards that limit the amount of macros you can run at once, all of the keys on the 4500 Ergo are able to be pressed in a single movement. This allows for much more complex and specialized key actions, allowing you to create different actions for each keystroke.
However, the additional macro capabilities of the Cherry KC 4500 Ergo are not unlimited. Just like most keyboards with ergonomic functions, they also have a maximum travel distance (the distance from the key to the rest of the keyboard). This travel distance makes sure that your wrists are never placed in a position where your fingers will tire or rest on a loose key. If you use your keyboard at this level, the extra macro keys that the Cherry KC Four500 Ergo provides will really benefit you.
Another great feature of the Cherry KC Four500 Ergo’s macro capabilities is that all five of the functions of the keyboard are easily accessed by pressing the same key. This means that you do not have to move your fingers to target each function separately. The travel distance of these keys makes them very responsive, meaning that you will always hit the function that you want without having to worry about moving your hands around to get to it. In fact, it is probably a lot easier than hitting all five functions at once with most normal keyboards.
Perhaps the most important feature of the Cherry KC Four500 Ergo’s macro capabilities is that it has the exact same travel distance as many of the other high-end Cherry MX keys. This means that you will not have to make up new keys to help your hands feel comfortable. If you spend any time typing on the computer, you know how frustrating it can be to reach the bottom keys without hitting anything. While the majority of keys on normal keyboards are quite tactile, the travel distance on some of the higher-end models of keyboards can be quite short, forcing you to place your hands on many different places on the keyboard to get to the exact same key. With the KC Four500 Ergo, you can rest assured knowing that the travel distance is exactly the same as on all of the other keyboards in the range.
One of the biggest complaints about ergonomic keyboards is that they are not very comfortable to use for extended periods of time. The Cherry KC Four500 Ergo is different because you can just use it whenever you feel the need to type. After all, the entire keyboard has been designed with your comfort in mind. There are several features on this keyboard that will also help you enjoy more comfortable use of this keyboard. For example, there are inclinations to reduce the amount of pressure that you exert on the keys so that you do not hurt yourself while typing.
Other ergonomic features of the keyboard include an integrated keyboard tray. This trait helps you to type without having to rest your wrists on the desk while you are working on the keyboard. Another interesting feature of the keyboard is the placement of the macro keys, which are designed to be used together with the function keys for maximum macro usage and efficiency. Finally, the travel distance on the keys is a little longer than that of standard keyboards so that you can comfortably reach for the diodes on the keys without having to rest your fingers on them.