There is a lot that we liked with the Cherry MX-Board 3.0. Quite a lot, actually. First of all, we liked the simplicity of the design. There are two ways to look at that. One of them is that simplicity could mean its size and stature compared to most others, but it can also apply to its gaming nature and offerings without adding rows upon rows of extra keys to deal with. The size and slim-lined approach to this design makes the board easy to move around, and, of course, the keyboard is easier to travel with than many other mechanical keyboards, even without being a TKL design.
The lower key cap makes the keys more approachable and also seemed to not affect my speed or accuracy. Also, since I am used to Cherry MX Greens and their loud audible click and heavy force required for use, these Cherry MX Red switches were more pleasurable to my ears, but I do still prefer a tactile switch over a liner one. The bonus here is that options are available in switches, so you can get exactly what your fingers require to work at their most comfortable levels.
To be really honest, there isn't that much we did not like about the Cherry MX-Board 3.0. There was the lack of the rubber caps for the extendable feet, but a simple request to Cherry would get a set sent to us. Since I prefer to type on my lap anyways, the lack of caps was overshadowed by the large red "feet" that can be applied to the bottom. They definitely keep this keyboard in place on my lap, and it's near impossible to slide on a desktop with so much surface area making contact. If there is one thing that does stick out, it is that the steel plate inside is thinner than most, and the entire keyboard will flex and twist a bit.
While most users will not wrench on their keyboards on purpose, traveling or accidental drop-age may be a bit more damaging than if you were to drop a Cooler Master tank of a keyboard. With that out of the way, all we have left to include in the decisions and award to come is the software, and even here, while somewhat simplistic in its design, it allows users to not only have a nice typing keyboard on their desk, but also the ability to set it up as a gaming keyboard and enjoy the abilities entailed with Macros and such options.
Cherry has definitely shown us two things here. They produced a more ergonomic and easier to use mechanical keyboard with the low profile keycaps and the lowered overall height of this MX-Board 3.0. While not a gaming keyboard in the traditional sense of that word today, Cherry is able to offer users the best of both world's via the KeyMan software.
The pricing is also reasonable for what you get; in fact, I would have expected the price to be a bit more just based on the name recognition, but that just isn't the case here. You get exactly what you pay for in this design: a simpler way of looking at a gaming mechanical keyboard, one that eliminates the lighting and extra keys that may confuse some buyers, and a sleek and slim black frame that did not require the mandatory use of a wrist rest, although one is available to purchase. Cherry has impressed me with the MX-Board 3.0, and we think it is easy for the typists out there to see the benefits in this design, even if the gamers find it a little too plain to use.
PRICING: You can find the Cherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Cherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard retails for $97.00 at Amazon.
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- Page 4 [Cherry MX-Board 3.0 Mechanical Keyboard]
- Page 5 [MX-Board 3.0 Continued]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [Inside the MX-Board 3.0]
- Page 8 [Software]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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