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New silent mechanical keyboard from Cherry shipping, here’s how it’s less clicky

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MX Board Silent out now for $149, but only in Europe

Cherry MX Board Silent
Cherry

Cherry’s new in-house mechanical keyboard, the MX Board Silent, is now available in two noise-reducing styles: MX Red and MX Black.

Unfortunately, you can only get the board in international EU layout currently (in grey or black colors) for $149, according to the press release.

The board makes use of the company’s latest microswitches, which reduce noise from the mechanical keyboard by about 30 percent. The switches were first rolled out in Corsair’s Strafe RGB line, but earlier this year, Cherry announced it was making the MX Silent switches widely available.

The new board from Cherry is based on its popular G80-3000 line with the addition of those new quieter switches.

The Cherry Silent switches reduces noise by adding a rubber pad into the design which minimizes the sound of bottoming and topping out. In other words, the click of actuation is still present, but the sound of the key hitting the base of the board and of the key popping back up when released is muffled.

The switches, Cherry promises, still features sturdy housing made of plastic polymer, a precise spiral spring, and the unique Gold Crosspoint contact technology. They’re also still guaranteeed to have a service life of over 50 million keystrokes.

Currently, the MX Board Silent comes in two versions: The Red, which requires 45 centinewtons of pressure for actuation, and the Black, which requires 60CN. The bounce for both is less than a millisecond, the norm for Cherry switches.

If you’re in the market for a new, or your first, mechanical keyboard, make sure to check out our guide to the best mechanical keyboards of 2016.