|Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 13 January 2011|
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Closer Look: Thermaltake MEKA G1
In this section we are going to look at the Thermaltake MEKA G1 and get our initial opinion. This is not a gaming keyboard in the sense that it has LED backlit keys, info panel LCD or any other bells and whistles. It is instead a function over aesthetics kind of gaming keyboard, one that will last the duration - if the specs are anything to go by
The box is quite large in comparison to a standard keyboard package, the design is nice and the packaging is good. The picture of the keyboard is in glossy print but it was hard to capture without reflection. The most important features are displayed on the front although I don't quite understand what "Solid To Conquer" means.
Inside the box, before you get to the keyboard you are presented with this insert presenting information usually reserved for an instruction booklet, not that a keyboard of this nature requires such instruction but nice all the same.
Here is a nice shot from above of the Thermaltake MEKA G1, regular readers and fellow tech addicts may notice the striking similarity between this and the SteelSeries mechanical keyboards, the layout of the keys is slightly different from the 6Gv2 and the 7G for that matter but the MEKA G1 is ever so slightly smaller than the SteelSeries keyboards. The main difference being a smaller 'Enter' key to make way for the vertical bar/back slash key. This layout is great and I really like how compact the keyboard is.
Now with the palm rest attached the MEKA G1 has gained some girth but not in a bad way, it remains compact and doesn't take up too much room. The left windows key has been replaced by a function key for the sole purpose of the multimedia keys that are built in to the top row function keys, another similarity to the SteelSeries mechanical keyboards.
On the reverse side of the MEKA G1 we see four large rubber feet, these along with the sheer weight of the keyboard stop it sliding around during use. There are more feet on the palm rest to make sure this keyboard stays where you put it. I am a little disapointed by the fold out height adjusting feet as I don't feel they are necessary and when they are retracted you lose a lot of grip and the keyboard moves around easier.
The keys are nicely sculpted for more ergonomic use and there is a nice degree of angle without the use of the fold out feet.