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Cherry MX Board 5.0 Mechanical Keyboard Review

By Chad Sebring from Jun 15, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Cherry

Final Thoughts


If you are looking for a Cherry MX based keyboard, why not go to the source for your mechanical keyboard needs? Cherry has proven itself that while not billing their product for any specific task, they have come up with a delightful solution to sit at your desk. Whether at work, whether at home, for either productivity or gaming, there is little to keep you away from buying the Cherry MX Board 5.0. We like the lack of software; we do not miss the Macros, we like thing simple. Even so, the build quality and use of high-end materials and technologies put a keyboard such as this in a different bracket. Many keyboards we see do not go to this extreme when developing a keyboard, and many will charge you the same if not more for a similar looking design.




The feature set is enjoyable to the masses as well. The keyboard is backlit, and many shy away from RGB products anyways, so here is another option outside of that spectrum. There are a couple of modes to select, and many levels of intensity to fit the room it is used in, and you can even turn them off when they are not needed. The MX Board ships with anti-ghosting and NKRO by default, so no matter how fast or how clumsy you are, every press will be registered. With all of the effort, Cherry has put into this design; we cannot think of any solid reasons to shame this product for. Everything works, as intended, and that is all we can ask of a product.



Many may cringe at a price involved with obtaining the MX Board 5.0, but let us try to add some perspective. Any other maker out there would likely offer a standard mechanical keyboard with nothing fancy about it at $99.99. Now, add in the fact that there is LED backlighting, with mode and intensity adjustment. Also keep in mind, that when you by that average $100 keyboard, it comes with painted ABS plastic keycaps. Add in a custom set of ABS double shot keycaps will cost the average customer roughly $50, and it all starts to make much more sense. Yes, Cherry is charging a premium price for the feature set and what you get for the money, but the product is -premium too, and well worth the investment. This Cherry MX Board 5.0 may not have been in your mind at all, but Cherry delivered the goods, and is a keyboard that will stay in our recommendations for quite some time to come.






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Product Summary Breakdown

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Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: Cherry has done it again! Our experience with them may be limited, but they never fail to impress. The feature set is somewhat limited, but for what you get, you will be hard pressed to find better value than what can be had in the MX Board 5.0!

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