Thermaltake Meka G1 Gaming Keyboard Reviewajmatson - February 27, 2011
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HD Tune measures disk performance to make comparisons between drives or disk controllers. The testing was run using HD Tune and a Mushkin Mullholand 8GB thumb drive. Since the Logitech K120 does not have a USB hub included on the keyboard it was eliminated from the hub testing. The tests were run on each of the two remaining keyboards as well as a direct connection to a USB port on the back panel of the motherboard to gauge if the hub affects any speed and if so by how much.
Higher is better
Lower is better
File Transfer Test:
File Transfer, the purpose of this test was to show real world performance by transferring a 500MB and a 1GB file from the desktop of the computer to the same Mushkin Mullholand 8GB thumb drive plugged into the hubs for each of the keyboards. I also again included the drive directly connected to the USB port on the motherboard to see the differences (if any) with the hub.
Lower is better
First off you may have noticed that the Logitech G15 has no scores. That is because when the testing was taking place, I kept getting errors that there was not enough power to run the device. This is because there is a single USB plug that runs the whole keyboard. I kept this in the review test because I wanted to show how much of a difference the Meka G1 adds by using a separate USB connection for the hub, separating the power requirements and giving the USB hub enough juice to run the Mushkin thumb drive. Now when it came down between the Meka G1 hub and the direct connection tests, you can plainly see the hub stands its ground. The difference between the hub and directly connected is so minimal that the slight decrease in speed will be transparent to the end user.