Thermaltake Meka G1 Gaming Keyboard Reviewajmatson - February 27, 2011
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The Thermaltake Meka G1 is a very solidly built device with some nice weight to it which is good because it keeps the keyboard from sliding all over the desk. The keys are well spaced which makes typing for a person with big hands (such as myself) from pressing double keys and improving accuracy. It is nice to see that Thermaltake took the time in designing this piece of hardware. At the top of the keyboard there are several extra function keys for multimedia controls and volume adjustment without the need for doing it in the operating system or app. The keys themselves are designed with Cherry black mechanical switches which are very durable and will hold up to long hours of use without wearing down. The give in the keys when they are pressed provide nice feedback and require enough force to push down that you will not be accidently pressing one down due to fat fingers.
To help give the Meka G1 a good grip and angle Thermaltake has included durable rubber pads and flip outs. These additions keep the keyboard even and at a comfortable angle for you without it sliding all over the place and causing you to misstype. On the underneath is the product label as well along with the model name, model number, and serial number barcode. On the top edge of the keyboard, Thermaltake has included a little bit of a gem to help you out. There is an out-of-sight USB hub and audio connections. The hub is powered and uses a separate cable which you will see below to power and run the connections. This separates the power from the keyboard making sure you get the full amount to run your devices including headsets, mice and even flash drives. The audio ports also make using your headset for gaming easier since you will not have to stretch your body to reach the jacks on the back of your computer sitting on your floor.
The cabling is considered "military grade" with a long and strong braided cover spanning the majority of the cable length. Overall length of the cabling is 1.5 meters which is almost five feet. This makes it easy to use the keyboard anywhere needed without having to use extensions. While nice and strong, the cable is very stiff which can make routing it a difficult task. While it is a nice design, it is a bit of an overkill in my opinion. To connect the Meka G1 you will need to use two USB ports and two audio ports. One of the USB ports is used to power and operate the keyboard while the other one is strictly for the two-port USB hub. This keeps the power from having to be split between the hub and the keyboard allowing for better operation and powering of USB devices. Thermaltake has also included a USB to PS/2 adapter which practically eliminated ghosting and n-Key Rollover causing misstypes or worse in a gaming situation. To help with comfort and long term use there is a removable palm rest included with the Meka G1 as well.
Now that we have the Meka G1 out and looked at it is time for the testing to begin.