We have to agree with Cherry – the MX Board 6.0 is a pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment meant for gam­ing.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

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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

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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).

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