Switch manufacturer Cherry has announced UK pricing and availability for the Cherry MX Board 6.0, the first mechanical keyboard to feature the company's Real Key Technology.

Known for its eponymous Cherry MX switches, which are used in the majority of mechanical keyboards and copied by numerous imitators, Cherry's MX Board 6.0 is designed to bring the company's keyboard manufacturing talents to the attention of the enthusiast and gaming community. Although the company has long made own-brand keyboards, these have been typically limited to the professional markets - until now.

The Cherry MX Board 6.0 is designed with gamers in mind, and its primary innovation is in what the company calls Real Key Technology. Using what it describes as a 'highly sensitive analogue link between the [keyboard] controller and every single key-switch,' the company claims to have cut the allegedly-as-high-as 20ms delay of a digital keyboard controller to just 1ms - reading 'every single key-signal at the exact moment of typing.' The shift to Real Key Technology also brings N-key-rollover and full anti-ghosting, meaning that even if every single key on the keyboard is pressed simultaneously not a single keystroke will be missed.

The Cherry MX Board 6.0 is to launch with the company's Red gaming-centric switches and back-lit keys, housed in an aluminium casing coated in what the company describes as an 'anti-fingerprint coating.' The keyboard will include a bundled wrist-rest, which attaches to the casing via hidden magnets, a braided USB cable, 12 double-function keys, four dedicated programmable media keys, and a lock-out feature for the Super - also known as Windows - keys.

Although Cherry has been showing off its design for a while, the company has been silent on availability. It has now, however, confirmed that the Cherry MX Board 6.0 will launch in the UK on the 12th of May, priced at £149.99. Gamers eager to give the board a go are asked to attend the Gadget Show Live between the 7th and 12th of April, where early samples will be available for demonstration purposes.

More information on the Cherry MX Board 6.0 and Real Key Technology is available on the official website.
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