Originally Posted by cp2010
Lastly, I just want to say that the G80-3494 keyboard has a somewhat cheap feel to it. Though the key action is fine, the keyboard is very light. In comparison, the Steelseries 7G weight x5 the weight of one of these cherry boards. Also the keycaps are not as good as the Steelseries ones, they are too slippery and are somewhat low profile. This is probably a personal preference. I now have filco keycaps on the G80 keyboard and it works pretty well (though the 7G's keycaps were the best of the bunch but I had to return the whole thing).
Lightness has been a major complaint of Cherry-made KBs because Cherry has its own unique way to mount the switches directly to the PCB. Other OEM companies include Costar (maker of Filco and Das) have a metal plate mounted between the switches and the PCB, which added some weight and sturdiness to the KB. I'm not sure why OEM companies chose to mount it that way because the switches they ordered from Cherry weren't the same as ones Cherry uses for making its own KBs. A patent issue perhaps.
As for the keycaps, the Steelseries ones are made of ABS which are inferior to the POM or PBT ones made by Cherry. However, better keycap quality doesn't necessarily reflect on its feel of touch. It's again up to the personal preference.