CM Storm Novatouch TKL Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

CM Storm Novatouch TKL Review

Introduction

Those of us who consider the keyboard to be a little more than something that just takes up desk space might be considered slightly quirky by the majority of people who pass the OC3D world. Importantly though we understand that to the outsider all keyboards all the same and which one you choose doesn't matter, there are tons of subtle differences which make them endlessly interesting.

Today's review is the CM Storm Novatouch TKL. This combines a couple of things that aren't commonly found on keyboards into an otherwise no frills affair. Rather than focussing on the icing, Cooler Master have concentrated entirely upon the cake. Or, for those of you so full of festive foodstuff that you don't care for metaphors, this is all about the switches.

Technical Specifications

Cherry MX switches appear everywhere and it's almost impossible to purchase a mechanical keyboard that doesn't come equipped with them. Until now.

CM Storm have equipped the Novatouch with some Hybrid Capacitive switches which eliminates the mechanical side of things to greatly reduce the strain upon your fingers whilst still providing the joyful typing experience that we've come to love. At least that's the theory. The other major feature is the size, as a tenkeyless design it's definitely one for those of you with either extremely restricted desk space or a hatred of the numpad.

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08-01-2015, 07:18:49

ShaunB-91
Too basic for my liking. Wasn't even that bothered myself about keyboards until I got my Ducky (I'd had no experience with any fancy keyboards before that) but love mine.

I'm sure the keys feel great, but there needs to be some sort of lighting for a start. Heres hoping to something better from them in the near future.

Edit: Oh yeah so basically I wouldn't go back to a keyboard with no lighting lols.Quote

08-01-2015, 07:37:04

SPS
I don't get the review, what else are you after?

Topre keyboards have always been aimed at the typer - not the gamer and this is a much more affordable model than a Realforce. Although it's part of the CM Storm range they don't market it's gaming qualities.

It types well, it stays on the desk well, its constructed well and it offers everything you'd need on a Topre board including cherry MX keycap compatibility.

Also, I find TKL boards much more ergonomic as they can sit in the center of your desk without pushing the mouse mat too far to the right.Quote

08-01-2015, 07:39:38

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
I don't get the review, what else are you after?

Topre keyboards have always been aimed at the typer - not the gamer and this is a much more affordable model than a Realforce. Although it's part of the CM Storm range they don't market it's gaming qualities.

It types well, it stays on the desk well, its constructed well and it offers everything you'd need on a Topre board including cherry MX keycap compatibility.

Also, I find TKL boards much more ergonomic as they can sit in the center of your desk without pushing the mouse mat too far to the right.
I didn't know they were not offered at gamers, but the price point you can get similiar to other keyboards with more bells and whistles so I think the keyboard should be cheaper at least for it to compete.Quote

08-01-2015, 07:41:40

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
I didn't know they were not offered at gamers, but the price point you can get similiar to other keyboards with more bells and whistles so I think the keyboard should be cheaper at least for it to compete.
Compare it to similar keyboards, i.e. with Topre switches and it suddenly becomes better value. It's like comparing a membrane to cherrys and saying the membrane board has more bells and whistles for the price..Quote

09-01-2015, 14:42:10

vajoiner
i have a quickfire tk brown pseudo tenkeyless (i need my number keys) and i love it for the size but i'd definitely take this over the tk for the function keys. staring straight at the screen, i can still see my big white function keys glaring at me. oh wait, this doesnt have backlighting? no.. no thanks.Quote
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