Cherry MX Board 3.0

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$160 • • Score: 4/5

Cherry pro­vides the me­chan­i­cal key­board com­po­nents for many brands, of­fer­ing four switch types with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics. For ex­am­ple, Black pro­vides a “lin­ear” feel with a stiffer spring; Red is de­signed for fast re­ac­tions (mak­ing it pop­u­lar for gamers); Brown has a more tac­tile feel that typ­ists should love; while Blue is for lovers of old-style IBM key­boards with a loud click.

The MX Board 3.0 can be sup­plied with all four dif­fer­ent switches – Cherry sent us the MX Red key­board for re­view – but which­ever you choose, don’t ex­pect a lot of RGB colour. This is a busi­ness-like slab, with the only colour sup­plied by a back­lit Cherry logo at the top of the key­board and red LED sta­tus lights for the Win­dows and lock keys.

You can cus­tomise the 12 func­tion keys us­ing Cherry’s clunky KeyMan soft­ware. This didn’t recog­nise Chrome or Edge as browsers when we set F1 as a web­site short­cut, in­stead prompt­ing us to use Fire­fox or IE. But, once you get over the in­ter­face, there are abun­dant op­tions such as text macros and key se­quences (com­plete with the num­ber of mil­lisec­onds you pause be­tween char­ac­ters).

As a key­board? Nat­u­rally, it’s great. A steel plate and Cherry’s prom­ise of 50 mil­lion key presses for each key mean it should work just as well in ve years as it does the day you buy it – con­sid­er­ing that longevity, its price is some­thing of a bar­gain.

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