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The beautiful, bold Cherry MX Board 3.0S is a mechanical keyboard with one special feature: it won’t drive everyone crazy. It uses Gold Crosspoint precision switches for all keys which are clicky without being overtly loud and the entire package is solidly built and extremely responsive.

The $90 keyboard has n-key rollover and anti-ghosting that allows for precision gaming and general control. As a fan of 10-keyless keyboards, this is definitely on the big side by I was pleasantly surprised when I found the main key section was nicely laid out and easy to navigate. Changing from a compact keyboard was seamless and the keys themselves have all the spring and return of Cherry’s “louder” switches but with none of the noise.

The keyboard is aimed at Windows users but it works fine with Mac OS. You can control each key separately but by tapping the function and F12 key you can easily cycle through various pre-set color combinations including a simple AWSD highlight mode and even a high-tech mode that “ripples” the keys when you tap them. You have much more granular control using Cherry’s own apps and there’s even a Cherry button that will bring up the Cherry website.

Cherry is well known for its excellent switch quality and this keyboard is part of its new hardware line focused on performance and gaming. This keyboard is surprisingly solid and on par with similar offerings from Das Keyboard and the like. At $90 this is a bit pricey but you’re definitely going to appreciate the quality and switch sound if you’ve used similar metal-backed keyboards with much louder switches.

Is this for everyone? If you’re looking for an IBM-style mechanical keyboard this is exactly what you want. Because modern mechanical keyboards sound like a package of fireworks going off, especially in Zoom calls, this is much softer and much more pleasant. I, personally, enjoy the sound and key quality on the Cherry MX Board 3.0S and this could become my daily driver, even over similarly outfitted “louder” keyboards.


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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