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CM Storm NovaTouch TKL - Premium Keyboard with Exclusive Hybrid Capacitive Switches
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- Exclusive CM Storm Hybrid Capacitive Keyswitches
- Nimble Command Execution and Response with Short Debouncing Time for Superior Gaming Performance
- Ultra Smooth, Satisfying Tactile Feedback for Extended Typing Comfort
- Ergonomic Tenkeyless Form Factor for Ideal Mouse Arm Positioning
- CHERRY MX Compatible Key Stems for Keycap Customization
- Uniform 45g Actuation
- N-Key Rollover for Registration of Unlimited Number of Simultaneous Keypresses
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|Item Dimensions||5.4 x 14.1 x 1.5 in||6.2 x 18 x 1.3 in||14.41 x 6.65 x 1.54 in||5.91 x 12.83 x 2.13 in||5.6 x 1.2 x 17.9 in||4.8 x 13.9 x 2.76 in|
|Item Weight||1.97 lbs||3.2 lbs||3.09 lbs||1.72 lbs||3.1 lbs||2.13 lbs|
Built to impress, the CM Storm Nova Touch TKL utilizes an exclusive, patented Hybrid Capacitive key switch design that combines the benefits of a mechanical spring-based switch with an electrostatic capacitive sensor to provide excellent tactility, comfort, and durability, perfect for heavy-duty typing or gaming. The unique design of these Hybrid Capacitive switches require no physical mechanical coupling, therefore eliminating key switch bounce and chatter for a frictionless experience. The 45g actuation force is precision tuned to the strength of your fingers, while an ultra smooth, tactile key process makes Nova Touch the best feeling keyboard on the market.
THE ULTIMATE TYPING EXPERIENCE
Built to impress, NovaTouch TKL utilizes exclusive Hybrid Capacitive switches that are exceptionally quiet and suitable for heavy-duty gaming or typing. An ultra smooth, tactile key process makes NovaTouch the best feeling keyboard on the market.
|Avoid finger fatigue with uniform 45g actuation across all switches.|
|N-key rollover registers an unlimited number of simultaneous keypresses.|
|Quickly and easily control repeat rate and multimedia via FN key combos.|
|Prevent in-game interruptions with Windows key lock function.|
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What's really nice is the capacitive switches. They are smooth as silk and feel great to type on. The sound is pleasant, albeit loud, sort of like a galloping horse sound effect, but as I said, I do find it enjoyable to listen to, more enjoyable in fact than the "clicky" types of Cherry switches like greens and blues. But this review is about the keyboard, the whole package... If Topre is or is not for you, that's for you to decide; but what about the package that CoolerMaster has given us here?
The keyboard comes in a very nice box and includes rubber O-rings. Many people think these are to silence the keys, and that is, in fact, what they will do on Cherry switches. But if you take a look how they fit on the keys and how the stem fits into the keycap, they don't really seem to do much of anything for you on this board. I tried them, and it doesn't do anything like what o-rings do on Cherry switches at all.
Another reviewer commented that the connector for the cable isn't good. I would say it's better than most I've seen. Some of the "other" keyboards have the jack soldered directly to a PCB and every time you plug in and remove the cord, you flex it a little. That's going to break sooner or later. From the internals pictures I've seen of the CM, they actually have it reinforced pretty nicely. It seems well-designed... Although I would agree, I would prefer it were attached underneath and routable left or right.
Now for the real negatives... I'm writing this from the standpoint of someone who types a lot for a living... Coders, writers, etc. who want something "more" than the garbage rubber-dome keyboard you've been given.
Unless you're a gamer, the Fn layer on this keyboard is kind of dumb. I don't need hotkeys to disable the Windows key or 8x repeat. I'd rather have a real Menu key I could remap to something. As it is, I can't even disable the built-in FN key except by putting a blocker under it, which is a good idea, because the included keycaps are destined for the dustbin and you'll forget that Fn + F9 turns off the Windows key in short time, since you'll probably never use that feature. I should mention that it's easy to unplug the keyboard and plug it back in, which resets those functions to the default setting.
The lack of a light for Caps Lock is also a negative, but not a huge one. Actually I use the Caps Lock key as an additional Control key anyway, but you might want one. The stock key caps, also a negative - although the whole point of this is to have Topre switches where you can actually find aftermarket keycaps for them. But one would think that for this price, they could include something reasonably good. The dirty white on black thin ABS keys do not do this thing justice, and make the keystrokes sound thin and hollow. I've already installed some thick PBT keycaps and it's really a great keyboard to type on with that addition (but that bumps the total investment by $50...)
So to summarize, the only real negatives for me on this board are the lack of any sort of way to customize the Fn layer (WASD v2 for example, can use internal Fn layer or give you a PC Menu key) or any kind of Mac-compatibility mode (WASD and KUL both offer this) and that the Fn layer included is, well, geared more towards gamers than people who want to use a keyboard for typing. Then again, it's Cooler Master, so I'm not sure we should expect any different.
Bottom line: If you are a PC user looking for a great keyboard to type on, for roughly $25 more you can buy an honest to goodness Realforce 87u that comes with PBT keycaps stock. I'd have a hard time steering you away from that, if custom keycaps weren't really a selling point for you. In other words, if you just want a great keyboard for typing, that you can take out of the box and use as-is, I'm not sure this is the best value. If on the other hand, you're a gamer who wants a customizable board with Cherry-compatible stems, this is pretty much your only choice, and it's not a bad only choice to have at all.
- TKL (tenkeyless) allows for a more natural hand positions when using the mouse.
- unstated design: integrates with everything. its actually quite nice looking and compact IMO. The branding is very discrete. Great stuff.
- Topre switches; Rubber dome + spring + slider = best of rubber and mechanical worlds. This is worlds apart with Cherry switches. The touch is phenomenal. While everyone has different tastes and some truly prefer, say, CherryMX blue switches (which are noisy and have a different feel) - the quality of the Topre build cannot be argued and most of my coworkers are switching away from their Cherry switches after having typed on my novatouch.
- Breaded USB cable with mini USB that is reinforced. Inside the case, there is strong metal reinformcement for the USB port and I have full confidence this is one of the strongest USB ports I've ever used. Note that mini USB is also already stronger than micro regardless, even thus its not common on keyboards.
- Cherry-compatible key caps. That's the major selling point of this keyboard compared to other high quality Topre-based keyboards. You can use any cherry mx key cap. Woohoo.
- Metal backplate. Strong.
- High quality PCB. I opened my keyboard. Solder points, PCB, etc are all much higher quality than your regular made-in-china electronic boards. This looks good.
- USB port is on the right side but with an angled USB plug that will make your cable go to the left side of the keyboard. I believe they did that to accommodate right handed and left handed people without having to compromise anything, since left handed people can route the cable to the right if necessary that way.
- There are o-rings provided with the keyboards, but these never feel great IMO. Nice touch, if you like it.
- There is a free key-puller included. Always nice. It's a decent one at that.
- Price is a tad high
- No wrist pad. It would have been nice to include even a plastic pad that is exactly the height of the keyboard. Using foam or generic pads often isn't exactly at the right height for keyboards - and add to the price.
- The keyboard is a little noiser than RealForce keyboards when the key pops back up. You can fix that yourself by adding landing pads but this is a 2h process that demands opening the keyboards entirely.
- No backlist illlumination. I don't really care much about that though.
- No capslock, etc. illuminication or indicator. This isn't big deal, but would have been nice.
All in all none of the cons are real problems, and the pros are just extremely awesome. This is the best keyboard I've used so far. By far.
Nonetheless, a very solid keyboard and one of the best I've used.
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