NovelKeys Cream

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Switch Specifications:

Switch Type: Linear
Mount Type: PCB Mount
Travel Distance: 2.0mm Actuation | 4.0mm Total
Force: 55g Operating | 70 Bottom-out
Price: ~£9.70 (10 pieces)


The NovelKeys Cream is a light to medium weighted linear switch “Featuring housing and stem that is made out of self lubricating POM”. Yep, that’s a direct quite from NovelKeys’ website: NovelKeys Cream product page .

The closest switch in specs to the Creams are Gateron Yellows…which I’d like to point out is the better option, price to performance wise.


Here’s the video review if you prefer watching content:

Smoothness: 4/10

On-centre keypresses are decently scratchy for almost all the switches at the start; however, they get a little smoother after several days of use.

Off-centre keypresses are even scratchier with some switches binding on the very edge of a keypress (mostly when gaming). It’s uncomfortable, annoying and difficult to predict – definitely a switch to stay away from.

Overall, they aren’t any good as stock switches. The Gateron Yellow is a more reasonable option here.


NovelKeys Cream switch disassembled
NovelKeys Crean switch disassembled.

Weighting: 7/10

Side by side against the Gateron Yellow, the Creams are definitely heavier and a bit more to my liking.

According to NovelKeys, these switches actuate at 55g and bottoms out at 70g which is on par with what I am feeling. This force curve from Manofinterests on KeebTalk pretty much lines up with NovelKeys’ claims with the bottom out force slightly exceeding 70g (though, this is normal).

Overall, these switches have a good weighting. If the pre-travel was a little heavier, I’d definitely give it a higher score.

Sound: 7/10

Sound is pretty good, though I’m testing on a new, better keyboard. So, no surprises here. However, I can hear the scratchiness from each keypress, especially with the backspace key which ruins the soundtrack.

Typing Performance: 5/10

Typing feels “okay”. I don’t feel the scratchiness as much when typing normally which I like. It doesn’t bind as often too, unlike when gaming.

However, I can still feel small instances of scratchiness especially when typing at a slower pace. It’s definitely not ideal.

Overall, it’s not too bad for typing, but I still would recommend against it as there are cheaper and better options out there.

Gaming Performance: 4/10

For a switch advertised as “a smooth and unique experience” – it disappoints for gaming.

Switches would constantly bind when pressed off-centre, distracting me. The never-ending scratchy nature also did not help in improving my gaming experience. This isn’t suitable for any top-level players, and casual gamers may look elsewhere too.

Overall, this really is a disappointing switch for gaming. The only one upside I can say is the weighting, as it does fit a majority of people including myself, gaming wise. The Gateron Yellow is by far the better option here.

Final Score = 27/50 (54%)

 

Places to purchase this switch:

AliExpress | Mechboards | NovelKeys

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