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NovelKeys Creams - Contender For Best Stock Switch

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The NovelKeys Creams are a linear switch made by NovelKeys in partnership with Kailh. This switch is the first of its for Kailh as it features a traditional MX stem and MX-style latching for the housing, and I'd say Kailh have done fairy well.

These switches are made using an al-POM housing - that's DuPont POM Plastics - and also for the stem. POM has been used in this switch as it is often referred to as self-lubricating, which due to the nature of lubing, means that it will naturally be super smooth. I've used these switches for a month in my 60% keyboard and here's my experience of it.

 

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Believe it or not, this was my first linear switch I had ever used in my mechanical keyboard life, so I was on neutral ground for what to expect. For context, I was using the Kailh Box Jades, so transitioning from those heavy clicky switches to the NovelKeys Creams was quite the leap.

 

I found the stock experience to be a nice one, being that it was my fitst linear switch. I found the POM material to be satisfyingly smooth to type on, and they sounded nice as well stock. They sound like pressing on soft, fine powder. The 'self-lubricating' deal appeared to be a true statement.

The stem of the NovelKeys Cream is a standard linear stem, with the legs being fairly cut and dry in design, and the slider also sharing the same design as many other stems. The bottom of the slider was chamfered rather than right-angled, which interestingly made the bottom-out less harsh and more soft compared to most other linears such as Gateron Reds or Tealios. The POM material was an excellent choice by NovelKeys as it creates a nice stock experience.

 

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Unfortunately for the NovelKeys Cream, it is not kind to lube at all, no matter lubed with thick or thin lubes. I lubed the Cream with both Tribosys 3204 in a thin layer and then a noticeably thicker layer, but the Creams do not play well with thin lube at all, and the lube will often slip around rather than adhering to the POM material.

The same story goes for Krytox 205g0, which is a thicker lube than Tribosys 3204. I also applied an appropriately-thin amount as well as a thick film of lube, still no avail.

 

It it such a shame that the Creams don't do well with lube, as I'm a linear keyswitch enthusiast who lubes all her linears, and I mean all, so the Creams remaining unlubed puts them a peg down from my lubed linears. I prefer lubed Gateron Reds/Yellows to the NovelKeys Creams because of this lube issue.

 

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Overall, I'd say while the NovelKeys Creams aren't good with lube, I would say they are an excellent, if not the best stock linear stock for any mechanical keyboard enthusiast. The POM material is excellent and it makes for a nice stock switch experience. I would say NovelKeys Creams are like if you took a linear switch like a Gateron Yellow lubed, but the lube is substituted with a lot of powder. It is a very different kind of typing experience and feel.

While the Creams are fairly expensive at $6.50 for a pack of 10 over at NovelKeys' website, they are a definite top 2 stock linear switch.



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Considering that they are almost exactly the same color and shade (in that lighting, at least) as St. Ives lotion, it makes a lot of sense that the self-lubing claims hold up! In all seriousness, though, it's nice to hear that a switch out there exists that doesn't have such a harsh bottom-out noise. My question is what kind of travel are you looking at with switches like this, where's the actuation point and how far do they go before you hit deck?

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7 minutes ago, Kochiha Ichihara said:

Considering that they are almost exactly the same color and shade (in that lighting, at least) as St. Ives lotion, it makes a lot of sense that the self-lubing claims hold up! In all seriousness, though, it's nice to hear that a switch out there exists that doesn't have such a harsh bottom-out noise. My question is what kind of travel are you looking at with switches like this, where's the actuation point and how far do they go before you hit deck?

Indeed! Creams feel like typing into lotion. The actuation point is about half-way down just like most other linears, the actuation point isn't noticeably late or early. I don't quite get what you mean in your second question, but I usually like to bottom out so the Creams were light enough that I could comfortably bottom out without the Creams giving me much resistance.

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Ah, I mean like measurement-wise. If they're like most linear switches, I'd imagine they actuate at about 2mm, then bottom out at 4mm. Still a bit too much travel for my liking, but I'd imagine the softer feel helps with finally reaching the bottom.

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