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The Cherry KW 9100 Slim is a full-sized Bluetooth Mac keyboard that claims to be a low-budget alternative to a Magic Keyboard.
In reality it is not. We think it’s a regular mid-priced plastic keyboard with decent quality.
The KW 9100 is very light at about 1.5 pounds, the heaviest component being the aluminum back panel inside the keyboard. But with its status as a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad, it’s a pain to transport in a laptop bag alongside a MacBook, and it barely fits in our largest laptop bag.
Unlike the Cherry KC 6000C for Mac, the 9100 has Bluetooth capabilities that make it more tolerable for use with modern Macs. The 2-in-1 transmission with Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz RF modes can be adjusted at the touch of a switch, allowing for connection to multiple devices at the same time, a plus for multi-device productivity and convenience.
As for battery life, the 650 mAh lithium-ion battery provides a good lifespan. The included USB-A to USB-C charging cable is serviceable, but we would have preferred USB-C to USB-C given the realities of modern devices. Setting up the RF mode requires a wired connection, making it useful for people working with PCs and Macs.
Again comparing to the similar chassis of the KC 6000C, the plastic keys and scissor switch require a little more force compared to the Mac and most mechanical keys, making it difficult to adjust to for those used to typing on these types of keyboards. We often found that this design choice makes typing a bit more difficult, interrupting focus during long typing sessions.
However, this is a matter of preference and past experience. To add, this keyboard is for typists and productivity focused, as the feel of the keys makes gaming more uncomfortable than typing already is.
The magnetic stand for elevated typing and the quiet switches are welcome features, but this doesn’t make up for the general unsettled feel of the keyboard.
Should you buy the Cherry KW 9100 Slim?
If you’re in desperate need of a mid-range, full-size wireless Mac keyboard, and are comfortable with high-pressure plastic keys, then the Slim might be for you. At about half the price of a full-size Magic Keyboard, the 9100 delivers a decent experience, and its practical features complement its irritating typing experience.
- Light, thin
- 2-in-1 transmission comfort
- Decent value for build quality
- Unpleasant typing experience
- Limited portability
Thin keyboards are nice, and the wireless connection is good, here. But above all, a keyboard must be comfortable. While we’ll grant that this keyboard may be comfortable for some, it won’t be for most.
The Cherry KW 9100 Slim is available on Amazon for $59.99.