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Offline thelaughingman

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #50 on: Sat, 11 August 2018, 07:09:11 »
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(

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« Reply #51 on: Sun, 12 August 2018, 04:50:14 »
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(

Hot damn how’d you get one so damn cheap

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #52 on: Sun, 12 August 2018, 06:50:06 »
Yesterday I got a Novatouch for less than $50. And now I'm tempted to jump in on this round, why are you doing this to me Ryan  :'( :'( :'(

Hot damn how’d you get one so damn cheap

Obviously the previous owner did not know its full value, and it was in a quite sorry state - the plastic case is all scratched up, dirty AF, the guy was a construction engineer so tons of dust and stuff, 2 keys only registered if long-pressed. The only good thing is that it was never opened, all the QC seals and stamps over the screws are in tact. Thus I harvested the sliders for my Norbaforce of course (the top of all the stems have scratches, not sure how, but it's still smooth because only the legs make contact to the housing rails), and put KBDfans ones back in with silence rings and lubed everything. And now it is working perfectly, hence my dilemma of getting or not getting a Norbatouch  :mad:
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #53 on: Tue, 14 August 2018, 21:31:59 »
The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:
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The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?
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The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?

Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but the extras I mentioned aren’t in ready stock. They’re just planned extras ordered from the factory as part of the normal GB.

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The group buy still live. Thought it would end in July  :rolleyes:

I ordered a few extras as part of the group buy and figured I would make those available while the order is being manufactured.


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So if someone join this gb, and accidentally match with ready stock case that you have right now, will you ship that case or we have to wait for new production?

Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but the extras I mentioned aren’t in ready stock. They’re just planned extras ordered from the factory as part of the normal GB.
Understood now. So the extra is from this round gb. Not from previous round  :)
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #58 on: Thu, 16 August 2018, 00:26:30 »
What was the estimate of shipping time? I caved, will join this at the end of the month when salary comes  :blank:

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« Reply #59 on: Fri, 17 August 2018, 02:55:56 »
I am way too exited, way too soon. Arrgh.
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #60 on: Tue, 28 August 2018, 20:17:25 »
Thought I'd share some Enigma Black from round 2 with Red Samurai caps. This case and caps are two, of the very few, purchases I have 0 regrets making.

Despite acquiring many keyboards, of all shapes and sizes, over the years; when serious typing needs to be done, nothing beats my Norbatouch for comfort and satisfaction. You can take it to the office without looking like you got a toy, and it feels so good to use. The subtle texture of enigma makes, running your fingers over the case, almost an erotic feeling. This is from someone who is mostly a buckling spring person; for serious work, I don't need a racket at 3 am - I need the buttery smooth slide of the topre shafts, the sudden collapse of cup rubber and the subtle harshness from the case's hard metal with it's lacey coating...

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It's really hard to do justice to the rich texture of Enigma Black, it's so much more impressive in RL. (Same for Red Samurai's colours.)
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #61 on: Tue, 28 August 2018, 22:52:43 »
almost an erotic feeling.

Haha. Now that is quite an endorsement! Thanks for sharing this awesome feedback, and the kind words. :)

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« Reply #62 on: Wed, 29 August 2018, 12:50:40 »
shapes and sizes...beats...feels so good...erotic...shafts...hard...

I concur. Sometimes, I stroke my Norbatouch cases.

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« Reply #63 on: Wed, 05 September 2018, 04:14:27 »
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Need i say more? I also bought a gray case but it got lost in the mail. welp  :(

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« Reply #64 on: Wed, 05 September 2018, 10:46:14 »
Need i say more? I also bought a gray case but it got lost in the mail. welp  :(

Love that blue.

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« Reply #65 on: Tue, 11 September 2018, 08:22:39 »
I just got my hands on a Novatouch in mint conditions and are looking into potential upgrades.
I'm not sure if this is the place for questions, if not please let me know where.

1) What's the sound characteristics compared to the stock case?
2) Will I notice any difference while typing or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?
3) Does it add any extra support for the pcb?

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #66 on: Tue, 11 September 2018, 23:57:39 »
Ryan, did the "pi" symbol I suggested make its way into the design somewhere (and could we see it) or are you going for a surprise on mail day?

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #67 on: Thu, 13 September 2018, 04:39:22 »
Norb, you are like the high level badass in a video game, everyone admires with their shining steel and sweet horse. Just scored a novatouch on mechmarket and I just wanna say, thank you so much for keeping the Norbatouch GB open past the date posted here. Love you.
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #68 on: Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:06:12 »
are the anodized ones soon to be done manufacturing?

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #69 on: Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:09:19 »
Ryan, did the "pi" symbol I suggested make its way into the design somewhere (and could we see it) or are you going for a surprise on mail day?

Yes, I added it to the back where it's hidden during normal use. I was intending it to be a bit of surprise, so I'll leave the actual implementation to be seen when the cases show up, but I spent a lot of time trying to find a Pi glyph that I particularly liked. I ended up taking one from an existing font and then massaging it a bit in Illustrator myself. :)

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« Reply #70 on: Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:09:39 »
are the anodized ones soon to be done manufacturing?

The machining is complete, but there are plenty of other steps to getting these ready—and thus plenty of more waiting—left. :)

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« Reply #71 on: Thu, 13 September 2018, 16:26:49 »
aww shucks the waiting game is no fun to play  :eek: :cool:

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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #72 on: Sun, 16 September 2018, 04:13:40 »
I just got my hands on a Novatouch in mint conditions and are looking into potential upgrades.
I'm not sure if this is the place for questions, if not please let me know where.

1) What's the sound characteristics compared to the stock case?
2) Will I notice any difference while typing or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?
3) Does it add any extra support for the pcb?
1. Deeper thock. Just search youtube video on typing sound.
2. Any alu case for any keyboard consider as an improvement because eliminates plastic case rattling/ keystroke feel sharp and make typing sound more audible.
3. This case is design for this cm novatouch thus it perfectly fit. Not sure what you means  :)
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Re: "Norbatouch" Round 3.1415 - CNC cases for Novatouch + Cooler Master TKLs
« Reply #73 on: Wed, 19 September 2018, 16:56:23 »
Venice Laaaaaaser!

Holy cow this is vibrant! It's hard to capture in my office lighting though (sun light + florescents)

Norbauer, the finish quality on the case is nothing short of stellar! Perfect 10. Bravo!

Perfect patch with Laser and MasterKeys Pro S RGB. Using that "laser" effect. As I type, the LED's snap on, then fade to off:


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« Reply #74 on: Fri, 21 September 2018, 18:08:40 »
Venice Laaaaaaser!

Holy cow this is vibrant! It's hard to capture in my office lighting though (sun light + florescents)

Norbauer, the finish quality on the case is nothing short of stellar! Perfect 10. Bravo!

Perfect patch with Laser and MasterKeys Pro S RGB. Using that "laser" effect. As I type, the LED's snap on, then fade to off:

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Thank you for another amazing review, autobot! This finish/keycap combo is an all-time favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing this! :D