Cherry MX-LP 2.1 review: “super portable”

Cherry MX-LP 2.1 review: "super portable"

The Featherlight Cherry MX-LP 2.1: A Portable Powerhouse

Cherry MX-LP 2.1

Are you ready for the next evolution in gaming keyboards? The Cherry MX-LP 2.1 is here to take the gaming world by storm. This sleek and lightweight keyboard is part of a trio of gaming keyboards released by Cherry, following their merger with the gaming brand Xtrfy. With Cherry’s reputation for excellence, the expectations are sky high for this keyboard.

First things first, let’s talk about portability. Weighing in at just 423g, this featherlight keyboard is perfect for gamers on the go. I was blown away by how light it felt in my hands and throwing it in my backpack was a breeze. The compact design is a game-changer, making it the ideal travel companion. And at $129.99 / £139.99, it’s definitely worth considering.

Key Features:

Specs
Price $129.99 / £139.99
Type Mechanical low profile
Connection 2.4GHz / Bluetooth / Wired
Size 65%
Switches Cherry MX Low Profile Speed
Keycaps ABS
Media keys Dual-function only
Wrist rest No
USB passthrough No

But it’s not just about portability, it’s also about performance. The Cherry MX-LP 2.1 boasts Cherry’s Low Profile Speed switches, with an actuation force of 45g and a super smooth 1mm pre-travel distance. These switches are lightning fast and perfect for gamers who demand speed and precision. Plus, the RGB lighting adds a touch of flair to your gaming setup. And let’s not forget the solid construction of this keyboard – from the sturdy shell to the lack of flex under the fingertips, it’s built to withstand the rigors of gaming on the go.

Cherry MX-LP 2.1 Keyboard

One of the things I particularly loved about the Cherry MX-LP 2.1 is its minimalistic design. The super skinny bezel and low profile keys give it a sleek and modern look. It’s a real space-saver, especially if you’re used to larger keyboards. I found myself enjoying the extra desk space, even after transitioning from my trusty Asus ROG Azoth. And the color options are crisp and vibrant, adding a pop of personality to your gaming setup.

Cherry MX-LP 2.1 Keyboard Colors

Now, let’s talk about the typing experience. The Cherry MX-LP 2.1 provides a fluid and responsive typing experience that truly impressed me. The keys have just the right amount of resistance and the low profile switches ensure a smooth and efficient typing experience. Whether I was typing up documents or gaming for hours on end, this keyboard delivered. In fact, my average typing speed increased to 97WPM with 96% accuracy compared to my daily driver, the Asus ROG Azoth. The Cherry MX-LP 2.1 truly unleashes your typing potential.

But what about gaming? Well, let me tell you, this keyboard is a gaming powerhouse. The compact size doesn’t compromise on control, allowing for precise and accurate key presses. I had no issues keeping up with fast-paced games like Alan Wake: Remastered and Elder Scrolls Online. The speedy bounceback of the switches, coupled with the ample key size, meant accidental presses were a thing of the past. And with N-key rollover and anti-ghosting, I never missed a beat.

So, should you buy the Cherry MX-LP 2.1? If you’re constantly on the move and need a portable gaming keyboard, then look no further. It’s the lightest wireless gaming keyboard I’ve ever used, making it a must-have for gamers on the go. And if you’re into low profile keyboards, this is an excellent choice. The fast and smooth typing experience, combined with the sleek design, makes it a winner in my book.

However, if you’re looking for more functionality and dedicated media controls, you may want to consider other options on the market. The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 offers grippy PBT keycaps and a slightly cheaper price point. And for those power-users willing to splurge, the Corsair K70 Pro Mini is a hot-swappable keyboard with a comfortable design and plenty of customization options.

So, whether you’re a dedicated gamer or a busy professional, the Cherry MX-LP 2.1 has something to offer. It’s time to level up your gaming experience with this featherlight keyboard.

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Cherry MX-LP 2.1 HyperX Alloy Origins 65 Corsair K70 Pro Mini
Price $129.99 / £139.99 $99.99 / £99.99 $179.99 / £169.99
Type Mechanical low profile Mechanical Mechanical hot-swappable
Connection 2.4GHz / Bluetooth / Wired Wired 2.4GHz / Bluetooth / Wired
Size 65% 65% 60%
Switches Cherry MX Low Profile Speed HyperX Red Cherry MX Red / Speed
Keycaps ABS PBT PBT
Media keys Dual-function only Dual-function only Dual-function only
Wrist rest No No No
USB passthrough No No No

How we tested the Cherry MX-LP 2.1

I put the Cherry MX-LP 2.1 to the test over a two-week period, using it alongside my Asus ROG Azoth and Cherry MX 8.2 keyboards. I played a variety of games, including Alan Wake: Remastered, Elder Scrolls Online, CS:GO, and Doom Eternal. The keyboard also became my go-to for daily work, both at home and on the go. For more information on how we test gaming keyboards, check out the full GameTopic+ Hardware Policy.

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