|Model no.||MX 3000|
|Layouts||Standard ISO and ANSI / 101-105 keys|
|Interface||AT and PS/2, later versions have USB/PS/2 combo.|
|Years of production||1988–present|
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The Cherry G80-3000 is a series of PCB-mounted full-size Cherry MX keyboards manufactured by Cherry. First introduced in 1988, it is one of the oldest keyboard series still in production. It shares the same case design as the Cherry MY switch G81-3000 and the rubber dome G83-3000, with which it can be easily mistaken.
The first version of the keyboard was first released in 1988, and it has had many revisions.
In many ways it was reminiscent of the IBM Enhanced Keyboard, in layout, with keycaps in a cream and grey colour scheme and with a coiled cable with a DIN plug. Earlier models had n-key rollover, and until the mid-1990s a PC/XT switch could be found. The Cherry MX switches and the keyboard controller occupied a large circuit board that filled both the breadth and depth of the keyboard's case. The key caps were in doubleshot thick ABS. The key caps on the bottom row were then of Cherry's "Row A" which was higher and more angled than the row above it. At this point, the letter code in the article number was three letters long.
In 1990 to 1992, Cherry produced keyboards with keycaps in thick PBT, with dye-sublimated legends. These keycaps from the Cherry G80-3000 are considered by many to be the highest-quality keycaps that Cherry has produced and fetch a high price on the second-hand market.
After a while, dye-sublimation of PBT keys was abandoned for cheaper laser etching, but the PBT keys were still thick. At this point, the letter code in the article number grew to five letters.
The biggest change in the keyboard's history came in 1996 with the introduction of Windows keys. The keyboard remained largely the same on the outside but underwent a lot of internal changes. The internal PCB was divided into two smaller boards: one for the key switches and one for the controller, where the same type of controller was also used for several other keyboards with the same layout: the G81-3000, G83-3000 and the G83-6000. The case's walls became thinner, and the LED window cover was removed in favour of three little LED windows. The PCB supports on the inside of the case were also changed, making the old PCB incompatible with the new case (and vice versa). The four 1.5 unit modifier keys on the bottom row were changed to seven 1.25 units in the lower Row B profile. While the Space bar was shortened from 7 to 6.25 units, the position of the key switch remained the same. Keycaps in PBT became thinner, but the quality of the laser-etching improved. The PS/2 connector replaced the AT connector.
Since the 2000s, doubleshots on G80-3000 became quite rare and since the end of 2010, Cherry stopped production of any doubleshot key caps. Since the mid-1990 lasered key board legends appeared and became dominant by the 2000s. Black key caps Keyboards are no longer made in cream/grey colour scheme. A "hellgrau" (all light grey) colour was introduced and replaced the cream/grey colour scheme. Nowadays, keyboards have a USB and PS/2 combo: the connector is USB but the keyboard can talk PS/2 with a passive adapter. The USB controller identifies itself as a "G83 (RS 6000) Keyboard"
The FCC ID of GDD5YOG80-3000 was also used for later production runs of the G80-1000.
The second version of the Das Keyboard (not the one currently offered) was a rebranded black G80-3000 with Cherry MX Blue switches, blank POM keycaps and the logo "Das Keyboard" in large bold white letters where the Cherry logo would have been.
Double-shot keys can be slightly darker than on Cherry-branded G80-3000 models, G80-3077, Also, it come with a industrial grey case.
Article number G80-3011 was used for G80 (MX Black) internals inside the normally MY switch Olivetti KBD 2812. Such keyboards still have G81-3000 in the FCC ID, suggesting that these were non-standard assemblies.
Modifier keys have white legends on sky blue. Other keys have dark blue legends on light grey.
All the Double-shot keys are white. Unix layout. And the stepped control key is pad-printed.
The G80-3000 is available with different switches, layouts and colours. Modern G80-3000 keyboards have article numbers in the following format:
- Keycap printing, typically L for lasered
- Switch (P = Cherry MX Black, Q = Cherry MX Clear, S = Cherry MX Blue)
- Connector, typically C for combination PS/2 + USB connector
- Layout (EU = US ANSI with Euro sign, GB = UK ISO, DE = German ISO, etc.)
- Colour (0 = white, 2 = black)