Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Mechanical Keyboard ReviewBluePanda - October 3, 2013
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Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Mechanical Keyboard Testing:
The Tt MEKA G-Unit Mechanical Keyboard was defiantly put through over a week of use and testing. During this time it was put through everyday use, surfing the internet, ranting on forums, and of course some gaming. As a keyboard is personal to each and every individual, how it responds in these various tasks is important in different ways to everyone. This rather subjective review is best to provide you the feedback from use rather than assigning made up numbers trying to compare one keyboard to another. It's pretty easy to distinguish the likes and dislikes of a keyboard through words rather than leaving it to you to decide what a 7 or 8 really means. No guessing game – here's what I liked, and here's what I hated.
- Processor: Intel Fourth Generation Core i7 4770K
- CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100
- Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Series 2x8GB DDR3-2400
- Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 770
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Smart 750W
- Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 650D
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Mechanical Keyboard Results:
For everyday use the keyboard isn't too bad. A little adjustment from me for the lighter keys (I usually use Cherry MX Greens) and it was alright. I struggled a little writing emails and performing everyday normal typing; but, to be fair it's the mush of the red switches I struggle with. I compensated by just mashing the keys to the floor every press. That gave me my "clack" confirmation of key press and the two of us worked together quite well from there out. However, this really is a personal issue – so I must point out there is nothing wrong with the keyboard, just the typer in this case. The full layout of keys with a full number pad and isolated media keys was just great. I can type numbers from home row but having a full pad of digits to do math from is much greater in some cases; and sadly using the windows calculator is part of my everyday use – perhaps I work too many hours? Ultimately this keyboard is just fine in everyday use; no issues (besides myself of course).
Using a keyboard with a slightly different than standard layout can make the way you do something every day become rather frustrating. Although this is a throwback to the older classic keyboard layout, with the larger Enter key, my fingers are just too used to piping things with the upper reach of my right pinky. Sadly, it's not there now -- instead I keep hitting return. For your reference, learn that the pipe is now next to your right shift... learn or forever fail to pipe! For me it was mostly frustration with these two little key changes that took a while to adapt to. Now I'm sure when I go to work Monday I will fail to find the "norm" and re-live this all again, all too soon. SIGH.
Gaming-wise this keyboard had some easy strengths with its additional keys dedicated to Macro options compared to other standard keyboard layouts. However, generally unless you play an MMO you probably only find a Macro or two ever really wished for or desired for use. Strategy games often can have a role here as well, and honestly you can make any game fit into having a use for Macros. It honestly comes down to your style of game play. I always struggle when talking about macros as I personally RARELY use them. I'm one to master the key combos to do something or in other words "do it the hard way" for most things and games. However, I always find myself in the presence of having macros; using them to post spam – either ASCII art in in-game chat, saying something stupid "FEAR the BLUEPANDA!" or other stupid things. It is entertaining to allow your keyboard to do so much for you with the press of one key. I did force a few macros in a couple games this time – but I really found myself doing them without the macro key – just not thinking about it. I will say the macros were easy enough to find when looking/feeling for T9 or T4 for example.
I also decided that this was a good time to test the audio ports on the back side of the keyboard as I gamed. I plugged in my headset and mic to the two ports and the mic worked instantly – Windows saw it no problem and it just worked (like had I plugged it into the motherboard/soundcard). However, the audio to the headset wasn't as quick to work.