We have to agree with Cherry – the MX Board 6.0 is a precision instrument meant for gaming.
Cord Length 2m // Features Cherry RealKey technology, 100% anti-ghosting, 12 function keys, backlighting dimmer // Weight 1.35kg // Warranty 2-years // Contact Cudo Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd // Telephone (03) 2148 1177 // URL www.cherry.de
NOVEMBER 2015 In the world of competitive gaming, especially in FPS titles like Counter-Strike, every millisecond counts, which is why you'll need mice and keyboards with fast response times. For the latter, their ability to read signals determines just how fast you'll be able to give instructions via the keyboard. In this review, we take a look at the Cherry MX Board 6.0, which is marketed as a ‘precision instrument' and is ‘faster than any other'.
Starting first with the aesthetics, the MX Board 6.0 uses an aluminum housing and clean-cut lines all over. This results in a very simple yet elegant look, unlike some other keyboards that look more like an airplane control panel, rather than a keyboard. That's a plus in our books. Furthermore, the aluminum has a sanded finishing, cementing the keyboard's very premium build. To top it all off, this keyboard also comes with a detachable palm rest with a rubberized surface.
Now for the features of the MX Board 6.0 – for starters, it uses Cherry MX Red keys, so those who love tactile feedback will likely be slightly disappointed. What's more interesting though, is the company's RealKey (RK) technology.
For the uninitiated, RK technology is all about signal processing. Most keyboards digitally scan for keypresses, but with RK technology, all the keys are connected to an analog controller that monitors for keypresses in real time. The result? Faster transmission of the signals and 100-percent anti-ghosting. Basically, you can press all the keys at once, and all of them will be registered.
As with most modern keyboards, the MX Board 6.0 also has backlighting, though the only option is the color red. However, the function keys (Windows, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Numpad Lock) also light up in blue when they're active. There's only one mode, and the only form of control you have over the lighting is how bright you want it to be (it's pretty bright!).
More importantly though, is how this keyboard performs. To judge this, we booted up a typing game first, before moving on to Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms, a free-to-play shooter on Steam. After several hours into these games, we have to say that this keyboard truly is impressive. The travel distance of the keys is great, so there's no strain on the fingers even after hours of gaming. When it comes to how sensitive it is, you'll only need a slight amount of pressure for a key to register.
The MX Board 6.0 has Cherry MX Red keys, each lit up by a red LED (red and blue for the function keys).