Room for improvement
My first mechanical keyboard was a Vortex Tab 90M, which is my daily driver. Entered this drop because of that excellent unit, and wanted a lighter, smaller board for the home office. The Tab 90M is one solid, heavy beast.
On the positive side:
The Cypher is indeed lighter, and although a plastic case feels relatively solid. Were I ever in the need to travel with a keyboard, this would be a better companion.
My Tab has Cherry Brown switches, and this Cypher has Silent Blacks. A bit more resistance, but quiet - another bonus for the home office. I like both, and am maybe more used to the feedback of browns now, but for silent switches these feel nice. A bit of cushion at the bottom.
Choice of split space bar was an experiment with a nice outcome. My typing stype only uses the right side of the bar, so for now as a heavy Vim user I remapped it to ESC in a layer. Kind of a nice option.
Supplied cable is quality, and the additional colored modifier keys are a welcome include. I have no plans to swap out the caps, and a bit of color option is nice.
There are some cons:
To program the split spacebar the firmware needed an update. The only problem here is the firmware updater is Windows only, so if you have a Mac or are running Linux, prepare to fire up a Windows VM. This is an unnecessary pain.
As mentioned below, the USB-C port has some wiggle. No connection loss, but time will tell. (Edit: I just noticed my Tab 90M has a similar USB-C wobble, which I had not noticed reading another review here. Maybe not an issue.)
There is some variation in alignment of the number row keys that does not affect typing, but as I'm comparing this the excellent 90M its worth a mention.
The rubber feet are not of equal height, resulting in a small bit of rocking between the upper left and lower right corners. This can be addressed without the hassle of returning, but is a notable flaw for a board of the price.
In the end the Tab will remain my daily driver, and the Cypher my off hours board when I need quiet typing.