Noppoo Choc Mini
|This article requires additional photographic illustration — White and LED backlit pictures needed, and photos of revised layout|
|Noppoo Choc Mini|
|Features||Backlighting, integrated numeric keypad, caps lock/control reversal|
|Keycaps||Laser-etched POM (original model)|
|Weight||1.6 lbs (~730 g)|
There are several versions of this keyboard available.
- Black, LED Backlit
There are also at least two different US ANSI layouts. The layout pictured below has the following keys in the far-right column: Switch Lock, Pause/Print Screen, Page Up/Home, Page Down/End, Delete/Insert, and right arrow. The non-backlit model alphanumeric legends are laser etched with gold-coloured text. The newer layout changed the far-right column to: Delete/Switch (Lock), Home, Page Up, Page Down, End, and right arrow. Insert is moved to the Fn layer of F12. The non-backlit model alphanumeric legends of this version have white text. Additional changes exist besides those in the far-right column, but that column saw the majority of the alterations. The change appears to have been made by February 2012.
The front printing is split into several colours: sky blue for num lock and the integrated numeric keypad; magenta for insert, Windows key lock, and the media controls; white for scroll lock, and green for switch lock, which swaps caps lock and control keys (with a dedicated LED). The modifier keys use only text for their legends. Status LEDs are provided by windowed keycaps.
The space bar also sports a Noppoo branding in form of the company logo and text.
The laser-etched keys of the original version are very susceptible to staining, as illustrated below.
This keyboard features N-Key Rollover over USB. It achieves this by emulating a USB Hub and 3 separate USB Keyboards.
This keyboard works on:
The Noppoo doesn't work on Mac over USB because of some of the tricks it plays to get NKRO. However, the PS/2 layer works fine with Mac. Since standard Mac hardware doesn't have a PS/2 port, this means converting USB to PS/2 and then back to USB. See NKRO-over-USB issues for an illustration.
The following pictures date from 2011, prior to the layout changeover in 2011 or early 2012. This version used natural colour laser-etched legends.
- Deskthority — Noppoo Choc Mini [Red Backlight]