This keyboard is so nice I bought two to replace all of my other 7 keyboards.
I was so impressed with this keyboard that I ended up buying two to replace my other seven keyboards. The Novatouch offers a minimalist design with a unique and intriguing feel. Having previously used Cherry MX Black and Gateron Yellow switches, I can confidently say that Topre switches have become my new favorite.
Topre switches are renowned for their distinctive “thock” sound, and while the Novatouch comes close, the spring-back creates a slightly higher-pitched noise. To address this, I researched noise reduction methods and found a few options that required some investment and modification.
For the best sound improvement, Hypersphere rings are highly recommended, though they are a bit costly at around $60 for a set of 90 from eBay. These rings offer the most authentic Topre “thock” sound without the need for any flattening. They produce an appealing and recognizable noise that elevates the keyboard experience.
Another alternative is the Soft-Landing pads by Elite Keyboards.com, which can also enhance the sound quality. However, some users suggest ironing down the pads to create a more consistent actuation, though this process can be slightly tricky and may lead to rubber/foam melting if not done with caution.
For keyboard enthusiasts, swapping these switches into their Happy Hacking Keyboard (HHKB) is a common practice to make it compatible with MX keycaps. Finding Topre keycaps can be challenging due to the smaller niche of Topre fans who tend to be diehard supporters.
Aside from the Topre switches, my favorite feature of the Novatouch is its minimalist case design. Cooler Master opted not to plaster massive logos all over the keyboard, maintaining a clean and sleek look. Some users have taken the creative route by painting and dipping their cases to add a touch of uniqueness to their keyboards.
While there aren’t many aluminum case options for the Novatouch, Originative.co offers one, though its price is relatively high at $270.00. An aluminum case would significantly impact the keyboard’s weight and alter the sound produced with each keypress.
In conclusion, the Novatouch with Topre switches is a keyboard I wholeheartedly love and confidently recommend. Its unique feel, coupled with the minimalist design, sets it apart, making it a top choice for keyboard enthusiasts seeking an exceptional typing experience. You can easily get your hands on this fantastic keyboard via Amazon.
I love this keyboard, and could recommend it without hesitation.
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