Please Note: This is a review of the updated version of the old MX Board 3.0 with part code G80-3850LYBGB-2. The differences are that the cable is now fixed and is not detachable. It now also comes with  a different font on the keycaps (as demonstrated in the above picture) and a new keyswitch has been added to the range: The CHERRY MX Brown.

A new CHERRY product entered the fray recently and this time around, it was in the form of an updated MX Board 3.0 and it’s just had a few things changed about it compared to its predecessor.

The board has been presented in its usual neat and tidy fashion, as has become some form of tradition for CHERRY-branded products and it contains the keyboard, of course, a handy instruction manual and its standard red non-slip surfaces along with some sturdy plastic feet to give an alternatively higher typing experience for those who would like that.  Those two red non-slip surfaces are triangular pads that stick and fit into the neatly cut holes situated on the underside of the keyboard itself.

Unlike its predecessor, the new MX 3.0 comes without a detachable cable which eliminates the error that some users faced with the USB socket being able to work itself loose of the internal PCB.  As a result, users would have to wiggle the cable back into the slot or take the board apart and re-solder the contacts to make sure it doesn’t pry itself away. The fixed cable has now eliminated a painstaking task.

The new MX 3.0 is a no-nonsense and simplistic 105 key setup with four added multimedia keys:

  • Volume Down.
  • Volume Up.
  • Mute
  • Home – the Home key when pressed in conjunction with the Control key also locks the Windows® keys .

It’s rather useful that you’re able to lock the Windows® keys. As an avid PC gamer will know, locking the Windows® keys eliminates the disadvantage of a mistaken key press when playing certain games.

There are some subtle differences from the original MX Board 3.0 that people will be able to notice. First of all, there is a different typeface present on the keycaps which look much better compared to the old font. Secondly, the logo has been changed from the old one to the new one and now glows in red instead of white. In terms of lighting, the lock lights for the ‘Num Lock’, ‘Caps Lock’ and ‘Scroll Lock’ keys are also red when enabled, as are the Windows® keys when enabled and not locked.

As with the last model, this new MX 3.0 features 14 N-key rollover without any key-ghosting effects.  CHERRY say there are 50 million actuations with “reliable contact capability and exemplary responsiveness”- perfectly standard for MX keyswitches. The major change with this new model is the introduction of the  MX Brown keyswitch along with the original, slightly lighter, MX Reds. Thee soft-tactile Browns feel lovely to type on and the bump on the downwards stroke make the typing experience rather comfortable indeed.

Despite the fact that the changes to the new board are mainly subtle ones, the new MX 3.0 is certainly a marked improvement with its new keyswitches, new typeface and fixed cable. It has been sitting in my desk for some time now and I don’t think it’ll be moving any time soon!