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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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|Hardware Connectivity||USB 2.0||USB||USB||USB||USB||USB|
|Item Dimensions||5.4 x 14.1 x 1.5 in||6.2 x 18 x 1.3 in||5.6 x 1.2 x 17.9 in||5.98 x 12.83 x 2.28 in||14.41 x 6.65 x 1.54 in||5.98 x 12.76 x 2.05 in|
|Item Weight||1.97 lbs||3.2 lbs||3.1 lbs||—||3.09 lbs||1.72 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.
Compared to Cherry MX Browns, these switches have much more bounce back. Compared to Cherry MX Clears, they're much easier to use for extended periods without getting worn out. Compared to White Alps, these switches have a lot of bounce back without all the noise. And compared to Cherry MX Reds and Blacks, these switches are easy to hammer on without making a racket from bottoming out the keys.
The only change that I've made to this keyboard is that I have used the included o-rings to dampen the key presses, and I've decided to use a set of Vortex double shot PBT keycaps in the place of the ABS keycaps included. This has made for a board which is replacing my Poker II with Cherry MX brown switches.
If you like Cherry MX Clears or Browns, I'd highly recommend this keyboard (with the addition of better keycaps).
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