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Cooler Master NovaTouch TKL Barebone Premium Keyboard Review

By: Chad Sebring | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 3:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Packaging, Accessories, and Documentation




Not only are the key caps gone, but so is anything fancy on the packaging. The NovaTouch TKL Barbone Premium keyboard comes in a plain, unassuming box.





The only thing on the box that identifies it at all is found on one of the shorter ends of the box, and that is the product sticker with barcodes. Rather than the normal GKCT1, we indeed were sent the SGK-5000-GKCT2-US variation.




Even when you first open the box, nothing seems out of order with anything. The foam liner covers the fact that the caps are not there, and the extras that come along with the keyboard are tucked in under the cardboard at the back.




From that space behind the keyboard, we first removed the 1.8 meters of braided cable. At one end is a small gold plated connection that plugs into the back of this keyboard, and at the other end is a gold plated USB 2.0 connection for the PC.




Cooler Master also sends a steel wire key puller that grabs under the corners of the caps to lift them off and do not tend to scratch the keys like the usual plastic key pullers do. They have also sent a single spring in the bag for the center switch of the space bar.




This guide starts out with a list of specifications inside. After that section, we are explained that you can change the repeat rate by holding the Function key and using F1 through F4 for 1X, 2X, 4X, or 8X rates respectively. The F5 through F12 keys offer you play/pause, stop, last track, next track, Windows lockout, mute, volume down, and volume up. Beyond that, the guide states these are 45-gram Japanese switches and covers the terms of the warranty on the back.

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