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Thermaltake Meka G1 Gaming Keyboard Review

ajmatson    -   February 27, 2011
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Conclusion:

I must say this keyboard is a beast but in a good way. It has a very solid build and makes typing and gaming on it a pleasure. The feedback on the keys makes hitting the right ones easier and alleviates mistakes or leaving you wondering if you actually pressed the key or not. I was really pleased with the spacing and design of the individual keys as well because it kept me from hitting double keys with my fat fingers. I was pleased with the onboard USB hub not only with speed but the ability to power a thumb drive which the comparison keyboard failed to do. This makes using removable drives simpler without having to reach down to the back of a case for access. You can also use the hub to power your mouse and USB headset for those long frag sessions.

One thing I would have like to have seen is some sort of backlighting for night time. I am a big night gamer and like to have a dark room. At times I had to squint and look really close at the keyboard to make sure I was pressing the right keys. I know this would be a difficult task with the mechanical design but as an end user it is a feature I would really like to have. Also the braided cable while strong, is a bit too much in my opinion. The bulkiness of the cable makes routing it very difficult and was a pain for the most part and kept moving the keyboard back when I tried to position it. It would have been nice to have a braid that is not so thick and tough that routing is impossible. On the flip side it does its job of protecting the cables from being damaged and also keeps them together which helps from having four long cables from cluttering your desk and trying to keep them neat. Its a sort of catch 22 with it and it is a love hate relationship for the braid style.

Even with the slight pitfalls this is an amazing keyboard. It has permanently taken the place of my previous one - the Logitech G15. The price is a bit high but if you are wanting a solid keyboard that will work how you want it and last years doing so, I recommend taking a look at the Thermaltake Meka G1, you will not be sorry.

 

Pros:

  • Cherry black mechanical switches
  • 1000MHz polling rate
  • Onboard USB hub and audio jacks
  • Powered hub with separate connection for flash drives
  • Gold plated connectors
  • Detachable palm rest
  • Military grade cable protects and manages the inner cables effectivly.

 

Cons:

  • No key back lighting
  • Bulky cable makes routing difficult
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