Cherry MX Board 3.0
$160 • www.cherry.de • 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.