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Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard Testing & Results:

The Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard was defiantly put through over a period of use and testing. During this time it was used it in everyday use, surfing the Internet, ranting on forums and of course some gaming. As a mouse is personal to each and every individual so how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one mouse to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a mouse through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.

Testing Setup:

 

Before I dive into saying what I really feel for this keyboard I wanted to point out that I received this keyboard only two days before you'll be seeing this review and have limited time (being only two days) to play with it. I plan to continue to use it after the posting of this review, so if my opinions change, I will update you with what I find… good or bad.

 

Everyday Use:

Everyday use is my favorite category, with sarcasm out the ears. This has always been hardest to argue. For writing emails, chatting with friends on Steam, and what I'd call everyday keyboard tasks, this keyboard does quite fine. Having been used to having a number pad on my CM Trigger, I find myself reaching for the Return/Enter key on the number pad more often than not, as well as numbers that don't quite exist on this TKL keyboard. Thankfully I only ever hit the right arrow key and don't hurt what I'm working on too much. Media keys really aren't my thing, but with the FN key, muting for phone calls or changing volume isn't bad. I prefer this than discrete keys to maintain the smaller form factor. Ultimately, in short use, I've found little frustration using the NovaTouch TKL.

 

Working:

Work wise my biggest complaint comes when a keyboard has no number pad. Knowing this one wasn't going to have one coming from the form factor (TKL), I wasn't as bummed out when it didn't have one. I'm getting more used to not having one as several on the market these days do not. The size makes for more paper work on the desk so in a way "more" working can be done. However, as far as computer work, I only really find myself missing the number pad while working with numbers. The on-screen calculator is less natural with only the home row reach of numbers, but nonetheless isn't the end of the world. I honestly can't find an issue with "working" on this keyboard other than the known lack of number pad.

 

Gaming:

Gaming with the NovaTouch TKL didn't really feel all that different from any other keyboard. I've found myself capable of making about any keyboard work these days. I think the notable difference is the actual reaction in the keys. Since the travel of the key is short you actually have a reaction on screen long before the key bottoms out; something any of you using Greens or Clears already are familiar with. The big difference with these keys is the sound. I often annoy the husband with the clacky-ness of Green switches, along with those I have on a Skype call or Steam in-game chat. They say it sounds like a machine gun and to stop the damn typing. This is much quieter, and my companions enjoy it quite so. Although the weight of the switch is to mimic Cherry MX Reds, my great taste for the heavier switch of Greens is still obliged, and I'm quite happy settling in with this keyboard. For first use, I have to admit this has a nice response to the press of a key, and I'm still working hard to find issues/problems.




  1. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard: Introduction
  2. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard: Closer Look
  3. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard: Specifications & Features
  4. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard: Testing & Results
  5. Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Keyboard: Conclusion
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