Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Review


There is nothing better than getting a keyboard that just works. It’s no fun faffing about with clunky driver packages, downloading the latest ones from the web etc. The NovaTouch is about as simple as it comes. You plug it in and, it works.

Now before I go on to the gaming aspect of my tests I want to say that I have used this keyboard for a nice period of time and while I won’t make a claim to it improving my overall typing speed (Not that I am a particularly fast writer) it has been an enjoyable experience rambling away over various other reviews I have lined up. The simple thunk of each key press was nice and uniform across the board (badumtish) and made for a nice break from Cherry MX switches.

On the NovaTouch there are media keys as a secondary function across the F5-F12 keys; which maintains the simple style of the NovaTouch. There is also a repeat rate adjustment option over the F1 -> F4 keys which changes how quickly the keys begin repeating whilst holding them down.

Now the games.

CS:GO is still my FPS of choice, at least when I am not playing Borderlands 2 with my French friend Dan. CS:GO is very fast paced and requires a keyboard to match. Games like CS:GO also oft need a crazy amount of keypresses at once; I know we all want to Dodge Duck Dip Dive and Dodge at once and thanks to NKRO, well, you can’t….but you can Crouch, Strafe in multiple directions, Jump and if you find more hands alt-tab or type in chat.

Now there are other games besides FPS and I’m happy to report that beyond a few needs of rebinding keys from the non-existent numpad the NovaTouch was a pleasure to use. It handled everything I could think of admirably.

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