CM Storm Novatouch TKL Review

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The Novatouch TKL certainly comes in some very high quality packaging. A combination of thick cardboard, high density foam and the magnetic cover that always makes us think of a high-end product, it's difficult to not be impressed.

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When you look at a full size keyboard it doesn't appear to be particularly large. Then you see the Novatouch TKL and it seems positively tiny. Who would have thought that the removal of four key width could shrink something so much. With little space around the keys either the Novatouch TKL is definitely diminutive. 

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Simplicity is probably the biggest thing you notice with the Novatouch TKL, after the size of course. There is only an input for the USB cable and that's your lot.

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The accessories though are both good and confusing. CM Storm have included a whole set of o rings which you can install upon the keycaps to help reduce the typing noise still further. There is a key puller included too to help you remove those keycaps.

The switches are the star of the show here, although they don't look much from above. Thankfully they have a Cherry MX compatible stem, so if you have a set of custom keycaps you particularly like, you can be certain that the Novatouch TKL supports them.

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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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