The texture of these YMDK keycaps, however, is not so fine and can vary between keys. While I have not tested several different grades and viscosity of lube on these switches, I would imagine that nearly any density would work with the only difference being the amount that is applied in order to get the desired reduction in scratch and improvement in sound. I have uploaded the FLAC files to the GitHub repository I am keeping for relevant custom keyboard files, if you wish to inspect them yourself: Custom-Keyboard-Files/@Switches/NK Cream/NK65. For stem wobble there is some on both the West-East and North-South line, and it does feel like more than just the plastic of the stem and the plastic of the top housing separating. Over the course of the last week I have been lucky to obtain an internship with a rather famous research and development company working on decontaminating N95 masks on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. For the lubed switches I am using for this, I simply lubed the switch with a moderate amount of Krytox 205g0. The NK65, the Silk Yellow switches of the previous review, and the NK Cream switches (NovelKeys store page) of this review were all provided by NovelKeys. Alluding to my prior comment about the history of these switches, the Kailh Creams or Novelkeys Creams (the latter will be how I refer to them), have not only had an odd trajectory as of late, but even started out in a fashion slightly different than most other switches. As a quick recap, and to give an excuse to link back to them, I put together a couple custom mechanical keyboards. In fact, they sit slightly more yellow in tone than the Gateron Merlot and Mauve switches while still maintaining an overall light-colored appearance. I will say, though, that the way that these feel in terms of scratch is definitely unique with respect to the other out-of-the-bag scratchy linear switches out there due to its consistency throughout the stroke. What I described above for the J and K keys came from actually running my fingers over the keycaps, and what I remember when I was first using them on the Silk Yellows. Not to fret, however, as in lieu of this change of schedule, I’ve written several documents ahead of time to release over the course of my work time such that you all can still keep to the normal expected pace of reviews from me. - The bottom out of the Gateron Merlots has a much more hollow and bouncy feeling and sound as compared to the Novelkeys Cream switches, which have a much more quiet and solid sound. There are a couple more points to cover, including sound and a comparison that may seem bit odd. The only notable difference, aside the scratch reduction, is that it does cause a slight dampening of the bottom out feeling and makes the overall stroke of the switch feel a bit more ‘cushioned’ than before. Figure 5: Novelkeys Cream force curve as provided by their spec sheet. Linears feature a linear down stroke and upstroke, so the main thing you feel is the force of the spring, while Tactile switches feature a bump along the action, which takes some additional force to overcome, in addition to the spring. With the headset's microphone, the contrast was 29.33 RMS dB and the difference between the peaks was 21.238 dB. While the scratch is definitely most noticeable in the push feel, it does produce a slight ‘sandpaper’ sound like when super-fine grain sandpaper is used to polish a surface. The more significant difference between them, however, is the heaviness of the spring. Note, that this picture was sent by the sales rep approximately a month prior to the apology notice sent about by Wei of KBDFans and the explosion of the controversy to the mainstream. Just as the molds differ, so do the plastics, usually by being different colors. I noticed the pitch being lower, but really would believe the amplitude is the same as with the Silk Yellows. Unlike some of the other mechanical keyboard switches named after already existing things, these switches are easily recognizable as an off-white, ‘cream’ color. NovelKeys Cream Switch Review. Anyway, the point is the texture of these YMDK keycaps is not as enjoyable to type on, but to be fair they were also pretty inexpensive as keycaps go. For pretty much the rest of 2018 and nearly all of 2019, these switches remained a viable mid-tier linear switch option with aftermarket pricing near that of the original sale price. Note – These are not aimed at being comprehensive comparisons between all factors of these switches as this would simply be too long for this writeup. - Alpacas feature a similar tinny, non-high pitched metallic spring noise, though its more audible than the Cream switches. Of course it does make sense that heavier switches will be louder, just by virtue of more energy being involved with typing on them. Okay, what does that have to do with anything? When I type, instead of moving my body over, I just move my right arm, so it is placed at a more severe angle than my left. For the Y key, my left index finger is able to reach it with a simple and comfortable extension, but extending my right hand, it does not reach. While normally this wouldn’t be worth mentioning, I’m bringing it up as it is going to require me to be working 12-hour days, most days of the week for the next couple of months. - While these switches have a similar N/S wobble to the Novelkeys Creams, the Tealios have much less E/W wobble. The switches I am covering today, the NK Creams, I would not describe that way, but that is hardly surprising for two reasons. Quickly looking back to the Silk Yellow review, I see I started the conclusion then by saying I believe my preference would be for heavier switches. (Taking the time to disassemble and lubricate all of the switches might not be as enjoyable though. In fact, it was so smooth that I can still clearly remember describing typing on them as typing just on the keycaps, as though the switch itself was not even there. Introduction: Once again I am back to review one of the switch types I have been provided for the custom mechanical keyboards. I, however, strike the Y key with my left index finger and the Space bar with my right index finger. A difference of 2-3 dB is not insignificant, so I can comfortably say the NK Creams are in fact louder, which does surprise me a little. Immediately I could tell they were heavier and that they were not lubricated. Figure 3: The jokes write themselves on this one. If you were to use a thinner lube than 205g0, for example, I’d imagine you may have to use a larger amount of lubricant to match the same improvements that I’ve mentioned here.