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Cherry Gentix Wireless Desktop: Happy Hands: Page 3 of 3

The budget-friendly ergonomic wireless keyboard and mouse combo offers durability, performance, and design. By Matt Whitlock

There’s a lot happening on the sides, and not all of it great. The rubber side panels float like an island surrounded by a gray moat. The texture on the rubber is rougher than it needs to be for a good grip, and the sides of my fingers tended to rest uncomfortably in the crevasse between the rubber and outer shell. Once you have a mouse with side navigation buttons you’ll never want to go without, and I’m glad Cherry opted to include them. They do require a little more travel than necessary to activate, but there are sharp edges on the gap between them. Between that and the textured rubber grip, my thumb felt a little raw after a long workday.

The only absent feature some may care about is Bluetooth support, which would make it more convenient to take on the go and use with devices that require adapters to expose a USB port. Some other kits in this price range support it, but if forced to choose I’d sacrifice Bluetooth for the higher-quality keyboard and extra mouse features.

Overall Opinion

I was hopeful that Cherry’s Gentix Wireless Desktop would be a solid keyboard and mouse upgrade for an entry-level user, but set my expectations accordingly given the $50 MSRP. Frankly, I set them too low. Admittedly, it took a little time to adjust coming from a keyboard and mouse that cost four times as much, but it never felt like I stepped back into the entry level. My hands were still happy. The keyboard is great, period. The mouse isn’t perfection, but it’s feature packed and performs well. At this price, it’s an incredible value.

Your customers deserve happy hands too. Consider making this the “cherry” on top of every entry/midlevel hardware sundae you sell.

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Matt Whitlock is online director and technical editor for ChannelProSMB.com.

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