At this point, we’ve been able to get our hands and fingertips on a large quantity of mechanical keyboards. Each has brought some unique aspect, level of flash, or innovative new feature to the table—and that’s no different with the Cherry MX Board 5.0.
Cherry, for what it’s worth, has long been considered the leader in this space when it comes to mechanical keyboard switches. They’ve set the standard for keyboard switches, and their name has become something akin to the Band-Aid or Jacuzzi at this point. You can assume with great deal of certainty that whatever keyboard you happen to have on the desk there in front of you has switches that were made by Cherry. So, reviewing a keyboard that employs those same switches and is developed by the company behind them, you expect it to perform at or above standard. It’s like Google’s Pixel phone in that, Android is developed by Google, and the Pixel phone is, in their vision, the perfect device to help drive the perfect Android experience.
That’s absolutely the case with the MX Board 5.0 from Cherry.
Cherry’s MX switches are known for their durability, accuracy, and all around excellent performance. The MX Board 5.0 is the realization of the perfect vessel for the user to experience Cherry’s MX switches in the ideal mechanical keyboard. Utilizing the popular MX Silent Red switches (in the model we reviewed), the linear mechanical switch has a very tactile feel, and the dampening solution ensures that you won’t actively annoy fellow office mates with an extremely clicky sound. The board is also available with MX Red, MX Brown, MX Blue, and MX Black options.
But this is a keyboard that’s designed for the elite gamer. And that’s expressed not only through the keys themselves, but the construction of the keyboard as a whole. The keycaps have an abrasion-resistant double shot PBT that prevent any sort of smearing effect or that shiny coat that you’d typically notice develop over time as you use a keyboard. The sturdy materials that make up the rest of the keyboard provide a durable, strong feel that is a very definitive step up from other keyboards that we’ve come across in the $150 price range. A nice touch, too, is the spacious wrist rest that attaches to the bottom of the keyboard and extends beyond the edges, providing the user with plenty of wrist real estate. A fun twist with the wrist rest—and the keyboard itself—is the height adjustment mechanisms, which allow you to prop up the product in a variety of different ways in order to find the position that’s most comfortable for you.
If there’s a single complaint that a gamer would have with the MX Board 5.0 is that it’s not as flashy as some of the other gaming keyboard you can find on the market. The white backlighting can be adjusted in terms of how bright it shines, and there are a few other lighting effects that can be implemented. But this isn’t a keyboard with LEDs that can display hundreds of thousands of different color combinations. That’s not something I look for in a keyboard, but the gaming community can be pretty particular when it comes to the features they look for in their peripherals.
One additional unique touch to the MX Board 5.0 is that Cherry worked with German company Typemates to develop an exclusive “CHERRY gaming font” that is implemented on this keyboard. The futuristic looking letters and symbols provide a modern look that is quite accurately unique and customized for the MX Board 5.0
In all, this is another highly successful gaming keyboard developed by the same company that has a stronghold on the mechanical keyboard switch market. The experience of using this keyboard is top-notch, as is the build quality of the product itself.