Cherry MX is an uncommon keyboard for me. Until recently, Cherry MX is a name that I familiarize with mechanical keyboard switches and shamefully, I was unaware that they made keyboards. I’m late to the party and this review. I know, but since I’ve reacquainted myself with PC master race I’ve come across a ton of new keyboards. I’ve used some really good ones from a variety of brands. Logitech, Corsair, Razer, etc. All of them were great keyboards but out of all of those keyboards no keyboard gave me a smoother more natural feeling than using the MX 6.0 keyboard.
Design & Function
The Cherry MX 6.0 board is super clean. It’s a full size keyboard with a powder coated aluminum finish. The keys sit perfectly in the chassis and when you connect it, the keyboard lights up in all red. Unfortunately, if you’re looking for another color within the RGB spectrum, forget it. Red is all you get. It isn’t an eyesore though. Once you plug up the keyboard you’ll see how the color scheme works well together. The MX 6.0 is sturdy yet quite light for a keyboard of its size but sit it on your desk and it doesn’t move. There’s a super grippy wrist rest that you can magnetically attach to the underside of the keyboard with the Cherry MX logo that gives you the ability to type comfortably without slipping around and without your wrists aching after a long typing session. All things considered the MX 6.0 is a nice addition to your desk. It’s minimalism with function. I guess that’s why it’s such an attractive keyboard to me.
The MX 6.0 can act like two different types of keyboards. You can use it as an everyday keyboard or you can use it for gaming. I use it everyday for everything. On the keyboard itself there is a little cherry key just above the number keys. The use of this key determines how the keyboard will react to your touches while setting up the keyboard for gaming or normal use. You have “Office” mode and “Performance” mode. In Office mode the Windows key will be lit and usable and the keyboard will function as if you’re typing or just working. Key presses are registered with pinpoint accuracy as Cherry MX calls this RealKey Technology and this is great for fast typing people like myself. Basically what it means is no matter how many keys you press and even if you press a bunch of them simultaneously, each key will register and you’ll see that corresponding character, letter or number on the screen and in the order that it was pushed. Fancy. Office mode on this keyboard is really just regular or standard keyboard. Performance mode is where things change quite a bit. This mode is strictly for gaming in mind. In this mode, the keys that are necessary to perform well are available and those that aren’t applicable are not. The Windows Key is disabled in this mode as is CTRL-ALT-DEL, ALT-TAB and I believe ALT-F4. There are possibly others but these were the functions that I noticed pretty quickly. The keys are adjusted to function in more of a real-time setting. As you push it, it happens which is essential for fast paced gameplay especially if you’re playing popular FPS shooters like PUBG or CS:GO. Just remember that the Cherry key on the keyboard is a toggle so make sure you toggle it back to Office mode when you’re done gaming. I’ve forgotten to do this my first few times with this keyboard and I thought it malfunctioned. Don’t be like me.
If there are a few things about this keyboard that you can chalk up to negatives it would first be that there isn’t an accompanying software that will give you a different choice of color in the lighting for your keyboard. While this isn’t at all a deal breaker for me some folks who game like the flair of a full RGB keyboard as opposed to all red all the time. Some custom setups have color schemes in mind and this just may not work for you. Although you can totally remove the lighting on the MX 6.0 or dim it, it’s just not the same as being able to change it. Macro keys is another negative in that you can’t program any macros on this keyboard. While I personally don’t always use macros, hardcore gamers will find this to be problematic with the inability to program these special functions into their keyboard or program certain key lighting exclusive to how said person plays their games.
Keyboards don’t always require a great deal of depth in explanation when you are trying to make up your mind about whether you want to buy it let alone use it everyday. It’s a look, feel and function thing. Either you’ll like the feel of it or you won’t. The Cherry MX 6.0 keyboard offers all of positives. It’s not new in that its their most up to date keyboard but it’s easily one of the best keyboards that I’ve ever used. Mechanical keyboards can be noisy and clicky. While this keyboard makes some noise, it’s not annoying. The MX 6.0 has a perfect travel so all of the keys drop smoothly and you can see it as you type. Real key technology helps that along. Gaming is smooth as well. Some gamers may want a more tactile feel on their keys but I doubt they would have an issue with the feel of this keyboard. The clean look of the MX 6.0 to me is it’s standout feature. That aluminum and powder coating look very modern on a desk and it’s aesthetically pleasing. The wrist rest is second to none in the durability and comfort it provides. This is a keyboard that feels like it’s worth the money you’ll pay for it. I have no problem in recommending this keyboard to anyone. Do yourself a favor, step outside of your norms in terms of the keyboards you’re used and get one of these. You won’t regret it.