Nanoxia company decided to start producing keyboards. The new model Nanoxia Ncore Retro is dissolved in a variety of mechanical keyboards due to the very specific design. Retro Keyboard is made in the style of the good old typewriter. But how it will show itself in our tests?
Nanoxia company many of our readers associated with the enclosure manufacturer. At first glance, the company’s attempt to enter the keyboard market seems rather strange. Nanoxia Although this is not unique, even an expert in the field of aluminum enclosures Lian Li offers input device . But if Lian Li is focused on modern design and a minimum height, Nanoxia went completely the other way.
Nanoxia Ncore Retro – mechanical keyboard with Kailh switches. It looks really quite unusual. The keyboard is framed by a chrome strip, round caps, buttons also have a silver edging, reminding typewriters XX century. Even switches Kailh White, “clicks” and tactile, create a sense of a set of typewriter. Nanoxia Ncore Retro quite well with the current vogue for retro design, although somewhat reminiscent of Steampunk style keyboard.
Like most mechanical keyboards with switches Kailh, Ncore Retro sells for a very reasonable price. In Europe Nanoxia Ncore Retro will have to pay 110 euros .
For chrome stripes and glossy surfaces should be maintained. Therefore, in addition to the user guide and a tool for removing the caps key supplied Nanoxia Ncore Retro included cloth to clean surfaces and a brush to clean the spaces between the keys.
The keyboard, at first glance, bears little resemblance to the mechanical model, have been in our test lab. Manufactures have to Nanoxia Ncore Retro aluminum body, but outside noticeably large number of plastic. In the eye catches a black glossy surface under the keys and a chrome rim. Of course, its charm and make the key caps. They have a glossy silver edging, most keys – round. In the elongated keys, at least the corners are rounded. Plastic caps are very similar to the classic typewriters, although they have been more modest in the USSR.
Side shows that the keyboard is framed by broad silver rim. keyboard legs also have a silver finish.
Chrome elements contribute significantly to the retro design. But it is difficult to say what will happen after many months of operation with them. Throughout the test period, we found no visible signs of wear.
Although uncommon caps keys, the keyboard layout is pretty standard – it corresponds to the full-sized keyboard with numeric keypad. Nanoxia used the FN key for additional functions F-keys. As a result, the user can control the media, cause e-mail program or a calculator. The combination of FN + Windows disables the Windows key that gamers will enjoy.
About disable the Windows key, and other modes can be found in the four blue LED. In fact, the blue light is darker than the camera captured. LED brightness is quite adequate and not excessive.
Feet keyboard with a glossy finish have a rubber backing, making the keyboard does not slide – regardless of whether the rear legs extended or retracted. As a result, you can flexibly adjust the angle and height of the keyboard. In the final position of the legs emit a loud click.
USB-cable is quite normal. It is enclosed in a sheath and has a length of 1.8 meters. It is a pity that the zip fastener is missing, because it would allow easy roll unnecessary cable.
Nanoxia specially chosen Kailh White switches to the thrill of the set it was similar to a typewriter. Of course, this is true only in a certain respect. But the keys are activated with a loud click, the switching point is well felt. Switches Kailh White is very similar to the Cherry MX Blue, which too loud “click through” and work with a tangible point of intervention.
Switches with tactile feedback are quite popular today, which can not be called on a loud “click” Kailh White. The keyboard will be appropriate for those environments where “clicks” will not annoy anyone. Unlike other keyboards with switches Kailh, we found no unpleasant rattling.
The typing switches Kailh White proved to be excellent due to good tactile feedback. Although the round keys caps visually different from the usual square, in practice they were quite familiar. Fingers comfortably lie on deepening in the middle. As usual, we typed the text on the keyboard test Nanoxia Ncore Retro, positive feelings (the transition from the Cherry MX Red switches did not cause problems).
However, most gamers probably prefer a different type of switches – usually with linear feedback and lower actuation force. The same applies to our feelings in games. Of course, you can play on Nanoxia Ncore Retro. Sensible tactile feedback provides advantages in the games. But the ease of pushing the same no MX Red switches here. Also, the lack of lighting will be an unpleasant surprise in a meager light. However, LED under the cap would violate several keys retro design.
Caps key removable under them is common Crosspoint mount, but to set the other switches will be problematic – they are too low.
Nanoxia Premiere on keyboards market can be called successful. Of course, the design – a matter of taste, but the keyboard Nanoxia Ncore Retro distinctive style. External keyboard with black glossy surfaces and chrome elements looks expensive. Although durable aluminum case, we have not discovered. In addition, high-gloss surfaces have to constantly wipe. Well, that Nanoxia invested supplied the necessary accessories for cleaning. The rest Nanoxia Ncore Retro is a simple mechanical keyboard. Switches Kailh White, clicks and tactile, well match the style of a typewriter, but they like not all users. Again, mechanical switches – a matter of taste. Clicks switches are ideal for typing – if the “clicks” will not annoy anyone around.
Equipment Nanoxia Ncore Retro is quite simple. Of course, the hind legs allow you to adjust the keyboard angle, there are media keys as the second function F-keys, you can lock the Windows key. However, we did not have some of the features found on mechanical keyboards. Nanoxia, among other things, refused to software and personalization capabilities. Retro-style implies a lack of lighting, but compared to its competitors is still not enough. Especially considering the price Nanoxia Ncore Retro, for which you can buy quite strong mechanical keyboard, including suitable for gamers.
In any case, Nanoxia pleasantly pleased by releasing Nanoxia Ncore Retro with original designs – we have a breath of fresh air on keyboards market. It will be interesting to look at other Nanoxia input device.