LAS VEGAS - Cherry is a well-known brand for mechanical keyboard aficionados. The popular German switch manufacturer, every once in a blue moon, produces its own top-of-the-line keyboard as they have done with the Cherry MX Board 6.0. The $219 keyboard combines Cherry's famed switches with a new proprietary technology that favors writers, programmers and other quick typists.
I went fingers-on with the MX Board 6.0 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, and my biggest regret for the show this year will be going home to New York without one of these devices in tow. The MX Board 6.0 is a luxurious machine with a sleek design and amazingly comfortable keys.
This full-size keyboard makes use of Cherry's quiet, low-actuation Red switches. With a silver base, red backlighting and large, comfortable black wrist rest, the MX Board 6.0 looks futuristic, but much more subdued than your average gaming keyboard. Typing on it is also a joy, although users who prefer clacky, resistant Cherry MX Blue keys (like me) will be a little disappointed to learn that there are no immediate plans for any non-Red switch types.
The big innovation for this keyboard is Cherry's new Realkey technology. Cherry engineers discussed this feature in incredible depth, but the upshot is that Realkey makes ghosting impossible and gives complete n-key rollover. In simple terms, this means that no matter how many keys you press simultaneously, the MX Board 6.0 will always be able to process your commands and get the letters up on your screen.
The MX Board 6.0 will be available in Spring 2015, and retail for $219: quite expensive for a keyboard. Cherry pointed out that Mercedes, Audi and BMW cars are expensive as well, but routinely lead the way in new features. At least your investment will last for a long time: although Cherry switches are certified for 50 million keystrokes, the company estimates that the product's true shelf life is closer to 100 million.