Nowadays Cherry is known primarily for its mechanical switches for keyboards, but the company also manufactures its own range of peripherals and accessories as well, some of which are unique. This week Cherry introduced its MC 4900 mouse that features an integrated fingerprint reader compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Hello aiming individuals and organizations concerned about security that want to take advantage of easy biometric authentication.

The Cherry MC 4900 (JM-A4900) is an ambidextrous mouse for office and other business environments. The pointing device does not feature the extravagant design or tailored ergonomics found on premium and gaming mice, but it still features rubberized side panels and a wide scroll wheel for added comfort. The Cherry MC 4900 uses an optical sensor with a sampling rate of 1375 DPI, which is nearly in line with the performance offered premium office/professional mice by other manufacturers (e.g., Logitech's MX Master has a 1600-DPI sensor). But while performance is important, is not the key feature of the product.

The main advantage of the Cherry MC 4900 over competing mice is the integrated Crossmatch TouchChip TCS2 fingerprint sensor that uses capacitive sensing technology. The sensor has a 508 DPI resolution and can capture fingerprints ta a rate of 12 FPS. The TouchChip TCS2 supports AES128 to encrypt fingerprint data when it is transferred over the USB bus, but it is unknown whether Crossmatch's software uses secure environments such as those enabled by the Intel SGX and Microsoft Windows 10 VBS to process fingerprint data.

Cherry’s MC 4900 mouse is compatible with Windows Hello and Windows Biometric Framework, but there is an SDK that can enable the biometric authentication on other platforms, including Apple’s MacOS or Linux.

Cherry said that the MC4900 mouse is available now with silver or black finish from select retailers at a recommended retail price of €110/$130/£100.

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  • ddrіver - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    I actually spend just a few minutes a day being a dick to these guys. But I'm pretty sure most of those guys are pussies. With all that hiding from providing a real argument. Happy? Reply
  • renegade800x - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    I agree with most of the points you make, I still wish they had at least 4 programmable buttons. I keep my G602's side buttons set to Copy, Paste, Enter, Backspace, DPI Shift and Show desktop. Very useful way to set a gaming mouse for using in office situations.
    What do you reckon is the difference between a gaming optical sensor such as the 2500DPI sensor in the G602 and as you call it, a "professional level optical sensor"? Would you say a professional level optical sensor is in any way different than a gaming optical sensor?
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  • ddrіver - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    Does your G602 have a premium fingerprint reader in it? Was that G602 given to you as standard company mouse? The most popular mice issued as standard by most companies are simple 2 buttons + scroll affairs, with a run of the mill optical sensor.
    A professional sensor is vastly different than a gaming sensor. The professional one is designed to give professionals what they need to work. A gaming sensor is designed to give you some big numbers so gamers can tattoo them an their e-peen.
    That's why people making a living with this can work with 1500DPI but most gamers need 15000DPI. Like having a 4K res on a 5" screen and insisting you can make a difference.

    Isn't this like complaining that server machines are crap because they're noisy and you need a rack-mount? I can't help notice everybody thinks that if a product is not for them then it's probably a failure. Like somebody who was asking a while ago why pay over $2000 on a Lenovo Carbon X1 when you can buy "an Acer gaming laptop for $800".
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  • renegade800x - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    Hell no, they would have me use a wired 3 buttons POS but I'm not having it, I bring my G602 from home. In terms of sensor, was asking about accuracy - is a professional sensor better or worse than a gaming sensor?
    The DPI issue.. I use the G602 on my home laptop @ 1600DPI on a 4k screen and 800DPI at work on a Full HD monitor. It depends on how big the screen resolution is, if you have a 4k screen and a 800DPI mouse & you don't like moving the mouse all the way across the mousepad to reach the other side of the screen then look for higher DPI mice.
    I have to admit though, I don't know how one would use 15k DPI even on a 8k screen.
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  • Hurr Durr - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    What is a professional sensor anyway? The closest I can think up from the top of my head would be that darkfield thing Logitech uses in their business mice, and it just as well can be installed into a gaming mouse, DPI and acceleration specs allow it. Reply
  • ddrіver - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    It's like most professional things: not focusing on paper specs but enough to do the job well. This is what really confuses most people.

    "why is this 1500DPI mouse so expensive when my gaming mouse has 15000DPI?"
    "Why is that 4K professional camera so expensive when my $300 phone can film 4K?"
    "Why is that mouse (that includes a FIPS 201 PIV certified fingerprint sensor with encryption) so expensive when I can get a gadgety token and a wireless gaming mouse for the same price on Amazon?"
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  • WorldWithoutMadness - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    $110...
    Oh lord. Nowadays phone have FP, why can't microsoft utilize that using API, let's say connect it via usb or bluetooth?
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  • ddrіver - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    So instead of buying a $100 mouse with a very good fingerprint sensor integrated you advocate buying $500 insecure smartphones, connecting them to your secure business desktops (because you don't really need such a mouse if security isn't important), and use them as fingerprint readers. Oh, over bluetooth to make sure it's impossible for anyone to intercept it. That's ingenious...

    One of your parents was a melon, right?
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  • sonny73n - Sunday, December 03, 2017 - link

    @ddriver
    The comment section was nice and peaceful while you were gone. What brings you and your trash talk back here?

    Btw this mouse is one overpriced garbage.
    Reply
  • ddrіver - Monday, December 04, 2017 - link

    If you wanted peace and quiet you'd be reading a book now. But here you are, passing valuable judgement based on 3 pics of a product you don't need or understand.

    Are you one of those guys who thinks the iPhone X is garbage because he's seen a picture showing it's made of glass and it's also very expensive? Yeah, they definitely won't sell any now that you said it's garbage.
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