Cooler Master’s new Novatouch TKL keyboard balances tactile comfort and high-speed gaming in its compact form. Moving away from the Cherry MX switches used on previous CM Storm mechanical keyboards, Cooler Master moves towards a hybrid-capacitive switch approach (similar to Topre keyboards) for a quieter, more comfortable and more responsive experience. The 87-key Novatouch TKL looks similar to the previously released CM Storm Rapid-I and although the switches underneath are different, the keycaps are compatible as the Novatouch stems are compatible with Cherry MX keycaps.
Stay tuned for our review here at Modders-Inc, for now you can read our review of the CM Storm Rapid-i which shares a similar form factor and some features but with backlit Cherry MX switches which earned our Must Have Award: http://www.modders-inc.com/cm-storm-quickfire-rapid-keyboard-review/
Actuation takes 45g and has 4mm of travel and similar to the Rapid-I, repeat rate can be adjusted up to 8x faster. The Fn key also provides multimedia and volume controls as well as Windows key locking. NKRO is supported via USB (assuming under Windows environment via multiple HID device) and comes with a detachable cable. MSRP is $199 with a 2-year warranty which is very competitive against current Topre switch alternatives considering the featureset.
Full press release can be seen below:
Cooler Master, a leading developer of PC and electronic components and accessories, today announces the NovaTouch TKL, a hybrid capacitive keyboard designed for high speed, extreme accuracy, and total comfort in the ultimate typing experience.
The Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL provides the ultimate typing experience for all – including the eSports professional and the expert typist. To achieve this, the NovaTouch TKL uses a Japanese made hybrid capacitive switch with a uniform 45 gram actuation force and a 1mm actuation point. This Cooler Master exclusive unique switch has an ultra smooth press, a tactile trigger point, and a rapid debounce time. The debounce time is 3x faster than traditional mechanical switches, allowing Actions per Minute (APM) to not be hindered by hardware limitations. Additionally, the switch is designed with a custom stem that is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps for keyboard customization enthusiasts.
The NovaTouch TKL is equipped internally with N-key rollover and anti-ghosting technology for improved typing accuracy. The keyboard also comes with on-the-fly repeat rate adjustment keys for quick control of key repetition. The keyboard runs at a 1000 Hz / 1 ms polling rate and is supported by 128kb of on-board memory for swift response of the functional media control keys, repeat rate changes, and key rollover to ensure that it will never let you down.
The NovaTouch TKL is a compact, tenkeyless keyboard that is perfect for those who favor portability and ergonomics. The smaller size keeps the mouse closer to your center to reduce shoulder stress during long periods of use and makes the keyboard easier to carry between events, meetings, and computer stations. NovaTouch TKL connects with a sturdy, detachable, micro-USB connector with a 1.8 meter braided cable designed for improved longevity alongside ease of access compared to other keyboard connections.
The NovaTouch TKL is available as of today in North America and Asia and will become available in Europe in mid November.
More information will be available on the product landing page: http://event.coolermaster.com/signup/novatouch/