Cherry MX Board 5.0 Mechanical Keyboard
At this end of the keyboard, we can see the two halves of the frame, the bottom of which is angled in and has a notch to access the foot at the back comfortably. On top of the top component of the frame, Cherry added a silver trim layer, which does dress up the visual appeal.
The seventy-four keys on the left of the MX Board 5.0 are what we expect to see in a QWERTY layout. The font used is a bit different than most, and we do like the bump-out along the front edge for the Cherry name and logo.
The F-keys offer some of the multimedia functionality in the first group. While holding the function key, you can press F1 to mute the PC, use F2 to lower the volume or use F3 to raise it.
Still holding the function key down, pressing F5 will turn the LEDs on and off. F6 will dim the white LEDs in ten levels from brightest to dimmest. F7 reverses that action and allows you to raise the brightness of the LEDs.
F12 is the last of the standard keys with offer dual functionality. When pressed, this key allows the user to switch between solid LED display of light, to a fade out and fade back in mode, and a pattern which rests with dim LEDs and blinks every one or two seconds.
The right end of the keyboard shows us the command keys, and the abbreviated text used on them, and below that the frame is angled towards the arrow keys. The number pad is all there and even has arrow icons for gaming. At the top are four extra buttons, the first for lock-out mode, while the following three work the tracks being played on the PC.
The right side of the MX Board 5.0 is a mirror image of what we saw at the other end. The only difference now is that the foot has been extended, and the keys are presented more ergonomically.
The cable comes out of the bottom of the keyboard and extends out the back to the right of center. The 1.8 meters of cable is covered in braided cloth, and the connection is normally shaped but does say cherry on it to make it easy to find.
Under the MX Board 5.0, we see eight red feet supporting it. All of the feet are rounded, even the feet when collapsed match the shape. Along the front edge, you can see the notches the wrist rest attaches too, and the pair of feet under the wrist rest and the feet at the back of the keyboard can be raised at once, making the keyboard hover roughly a half of an inch above the desk.
The flip out feet are structurally made of plastic, and this simply implemented design is as sturdy as can be. The outside of the feet are covered in red rubber, and with the notches on the side of the keyboard, you can lift the back and swing the feet down, rather than having to flip the keyboard or fumble by feel for them.
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