Cherry MX 10.0N RGB Mechanical Low Profile Keyboard Review
A Solid Foundation for Fast Fingers
We recently received a Cherry MX 10.0N RGB for review, which the Cherry product page describes as a “mechanic(al) MX low profile keyboard with RGB lighting and metal housing”.
Not only does this keyboard look chic with its slim profile and black aluminum body, but it’s outfitted with genuine German-made Cherry MX Low Profile Speed RGB switches.
The features of this the Cherry MX 10.0N RGB are as follows:
- Original CHERRY MX low profile switch “Made in Germany”
- Over 100 million actuations per key guaranteed
- Sturdy metal housing with extra flat construction height
- Innovative metal base for height adjustment
- Removable USB-C to USB-A cable
- RGB lighting with numerous lighting modes and customisation options
- Durable key lettering (laser etched & varnished)
- Anti-ghosting and N-key rollover
- 8 Megabyte onboard memory
- SKU: G8A-25010LVBUS-2
- Color: Black
- Type: Wired
- Key Technology: CHERRY MX LOW PROFILE
- Lifetime standard key: > 100 Million actuations
- Labeling technology: Laser
- Number of keys: 104 + 4
- Connection sockets: USB
- Cable length: 160 cm
- Dimensions (product): ca. 425 x 127x 16 mm
- Keyboard with cable: 854 g
- Keyboard without cable: 812 g
- System requirements: Windows 7, 8, 10, 11
- Warranty: 3 years
“The CHERRY MX 10.0N RGB is a premium mechanical keyboard, yet as slim as modern office keyboards. This is made possible by the CHERRY MX LOW PROFILE RGB SPEED switches, which are exclusively manufactured in Germany. With an overall height of just 22 mm, you can type ergonomically and comfortably even without a palm rest. This slim elegance stands in stark contrast to the sturdy and solid metal housing. The fold-out base is also made entirely of aluminium. As a special feature, it folds back automatically as soon as you lift the keyboard. Whether with or without the stand, the keyboard is always stable and non-slip on the table.”
The keyboard has a decidedly premium look and feel thanks to the aluminum housing, and it is very slim with a height of just 16 mm.
The keyboard features a unique rotating height adjustment bar that operates like a laptop hinge, and I found that I was able to position this at various heights as the rubber feet kept it in place nicely.
Key caps are ABS, and they offer “laser etched & varnished” letters. Double-shot key caps could make the experience even more premium – however, though I’ve been enamored of PBT caps in recent years, these caps feel just fine.
Of particular interest are the key switches that Cherry has implemented in this board, which are Cherry’s MX Low Profile Speed RGB. These keys are significantly lower in height compared to standard MX switches, and offer the following characteristics:
- Linear switching
- 45 cN operating force
- 1.0 mm pre travel
- 3.2 mm total travel
- No click
“Thanks to the successful switch characteristics of the MX Speed Silver combined with a particularly low overall height, the CHERRY MX LOW PROFILE RGB Speed Silver triggers directly and extremely quickly. Thanks to the 35 percent lower overall height, the fastest switch in the CHERRY family enables a slim keyboard design and ergonomic working. Thereby, it maintains the successful typing feel of the CHERRY MX Speed Silver and helps to react quick-wittedly and promptly in gaming sessions.”
And now for the subjective portion of this review. This might be the best low profile mechanical keyboard I’ve used. It has a very light, fast feel, and while it isn’t clicky at all it still has that linear mechanical feel. The board is also very quiet.
Now, speed switches aren’t my preference in general, so I wasn’t expecting to like the feel. Regardless, I really like these Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Speed switches. I’ll add that I make more mistakes typing vs. the less responsive scissor switches I normally use to write reviews like this one, though not anywhere near as many as my last standard-profile speed switch experience (basically, if a key is very easy to actuate I’m probably going to brush against and add random characters to my work while sloppily typing).
Having explained why a sloppy typist like me struggles with them, I still think speed switches are ideally suited to a low-profile keyboard like this. The shallow actuation occurs just past the 1 mm mark, and there is a total travel of 3.2 mm. Each key stroke feels crisp, and the keys bounce back with a lively action (in other words, they are fast in both directions).
For gaming I still like standard profile keyboards, and I don’t play anything competitive enough to make use of speed switches in that context, but this is one of the most enjoyable keyboards to type quickly on that I’ve ever used.
The keyboard can be customized using the CHERRY KEYS application (page link), and for additional configuration options – including RGB lighting effects – Cherry offers their CHERRY UTILITY software (page link).
The Cherry MX 10.0N RGB is a rock-solid board with an elegant, functional design and outstanding – and very responsive – feel. It’s also very quiet, providing membrane-like noise levels without the mush.
It retails for $159.99 on Amazon, which seems fair considering the aluminum construction and premium key switches. I’d love the option of PBT double-shot keycaps, but that would add to the cost.
Overall I think this is a board you need to check out if you have the need for speed.
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