We here at TechPowerUp have covered Cherry-branded keyboards before, including three from the MX lineup of mechanical keyboards which use their own Cherry MX mechanical switches. In the time since, Cherry Americas has distanced itself further from Cherry MX as a business unit, with the former effectively taking over all pre-assembled products and the latter sticking to DIY and switches. Cherry Americas' interests have been predominantly in the retail sector, serving up point-of-sales units rather than keyboards, but that has not stopped them from putting out more entries in the MX Board lineup. Today, we take a look at the latest entry, the MX Board 1.0 which comes in different options depending on your region.
The Americas get the TKL backlit version of the Cherry MX Board 1.0, and that happens to be what I have here as well. So do be aware that you may see something else—a full-size MX Board 1.0, perhaps, or even one without any backlighting at all. The MX Board 1.0 TKL does not necessarily mean much in the numbered scheme of things if you were expecting, say, an MX Board 2.0 or 3.0 to have more features. Indeed, at this rate, the numbers mean nothing, and it will be helpful for Cherry once they run out of single-digit numbers to use. The TKL in the name does mean that this particular version adopts a tenkeyless form factor, which aims to provide most of the functionality of a 104-key (US ANSI layout) keyboard while taking up less room on your desk. We begin the review, as always, with a look at the specifications below.
Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL Keyboard
87-key US ANSI layout, language support depending on your region
ABS plastic case and keycaps, steel plate
0.73 kg / 1.61 lbs.
Full N-Key rollover
Available as a secondary function
150 (L) x 370 (W) x 25 (H) mm
6.0 ft / 1.8 m
Choice of Cherry MX Red, Brown or Black mechanical switch