MX 10.0N RGB is a full-size keyboard with numeric keypad. Its metallic and ultra-thin chassis gives it a rather sophisticated look, while ensuring perfect rigidity. It remains very sober, with a completely black dress and its edges grazing the keys. It is therefore more compact than many keyboards of this type: it measures a total of 42.5 x 12.7 x 2.2 cm and does not take up as much space on a desk.
Its remarkable thinness is achieved thanks to the presence of low-profile mechanical contacts, thinner than conventional contacts. This is not without significance for user comfort, as with such finesse it is not necessary to use a wrist rest. A foot that runs the full width of the keyboard is also located at the back to raise it if necessary. Decorated with two hinges, this foot gives a rather original design, which, however, has a disadvantage: it is automatically retracted, and it must therefore be kept in place when you want to move the keyboard on a desk. It has thus folded a number of times while moving, which is not very serious, but it can get annoying in the long run.
The keys are slippery, but we have noticed that they were not well anchored and that they are incorrectly adjusted after use. A finding that is common to other low-profile keyboards, but which does not interfere with the quality of typing. This asymmetry is simply a bit ugly.
The functions (F) offer only a few shortcuts: multimedia, adjustable backlight brightness on 5 levels (F5 and F6), selection of RGB profiles (F3) and scroll speed for effects (on F7 and F8). The keyboard has a full and fully customizable RGB backlight. The advantage of these dedicated RGB shortcuts is that they can be changed on the go without going through software. To proceed, however, it is possible to use the Cherry Utility to change key shortcuts and backlight colors and effects key by key.
Finally, the keyboard’s USB-C to USB-A cable measures 1.6 m and is detachable if it needs to be replaced, for example. However, the USB-C tip is cut to the millimeter to be connected, which should prohibit the use of cables from other brands. Moreover, this cable is not paracord, unlike other high-end keyboards, and its classic rubber had to wear faster.
For this MX 10.0N RGB, Cherry did not choose classic MX Red switches, but MX Speed switches which are much more sensitive and faster. It is therefore possible to type lightning fast, but this sensitivity risks giving a lot of typing errors, especially in the beginning. Their activation strokes are linear at just under 1 mm (one of the shortest available), but they can travel up to 3.2 mm and their activation force is 45 cN, just like the classic MX Reds. They are also guaranteed 100 million clicks, which should ensure excellent longevity. The rebound, however, seemed a little soft to use. The MX Speed low-profile switches are therefore efficient, but their activation sensitivity and soft bounce will not necessarily appeal to everyone.
Mechanical switches oblige, the keyboard can be used to play, especially since Cherry integrates N-key overturning andanti ghosting to be able to press as many keys as desired without the problem of unwanted activation. In any case, the keyboard is silent for a mechanical model, and the chassis shows no resonance unless you have a really hard hand typing.