Cherry MX Board Silent 12

Cherry MX Board Silent Review

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Introduction


After a look at the Cherry MX Board 6.0 and even older Cherry MX Board 3.0, it is now time to examine a newer Cherry keyboard. This is the third of the three keyboards sent to me for review via Cherry Americas and, as the name suggests, it is all about raising the general public's awareness of Cherry's MX Silent switches. The MX Silent Red and MX Silent Black were developed in late 2015 with Corsair having a timed exclusive for a while, and after that ran out, we have seen a few other keyboards offer these. These switches are Cherry's answer to those who find regular mechanical switches too loud, and thanks to Cherry, we can now take a look at this keyboard to see how silent these switches truly are.


The MX Board Silent comes in a total of four options - two depending on the switch type (MX Silent Red or MX Silent Black) and two depending on the keyboard's color (black or light gray). All four come only in the US ANSI layout, which is surely a disappointment for Cherry's own local German user base and, as we can see from the image above, it has some fairly large bezels - especially on the top. There is a good reason for these, however, and we will explore this and more as we begin this review with a look at the specifications in the table below.

Specifications

Cherry MX Board Silent Keyboard
Layout:US ANSI (104 keys)
Material: ABS plastic case, ABS plastic keycaps
Macro Support:No
Weight:0.93 kg / 2.00 lbs.
Wrist Rest:No
Anti-ghosting:6-Key rollover USB, 14-key rollover PS/2
Media Keys:No
Dimensions:195 (L) x 470 (W) x 44 (H) mm
Cable Length:6 ft / 1.8 m
Software:No
Switch Type: Choice of Cherry MX Silent Red or Silent Black mechanical switches
Backlighting:No
Interface:USB or PS/2
Warranty: Two years
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