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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard
Closer Look: Thermaltake MEKA G1
Thermaltake MEKA G1 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

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

Thermaltake_MEKA_G1_Mechanical_Keyboard_Box.jpg

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.

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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.

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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.

Thermaltake_MEKA_G1_Mechanical_Keyboard_Wrist_Rest.jpg

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 The left windows key has been replaced by a function key for the sole purpose of the multimedia keys that are built in to the top row function keys, another similarity to the SteelSeries mechanical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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# SuggestionCharles 2011-01-13 19:29
For keyboard tests you should use Aqua's Keytest to see if NKRO is functioning properly.
#geekhack.org/showthread.php?t=6643

You should also do testing on the USB HUB, it has been suggested that the USB Hub on the MEKA G1 is just a USB 1.1 controller.
For a USB 2.0 HUB you should see sequential reads & writes between 28 & 30 Megabytes per second.
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# Steelseries 6GV2Poldo 2011-01-13 19:43
It looks like a Steelseries 6Gv2
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# its a 7g not a 6gv2zanz 2011-01-13 22:34
its a 7g not a 6gv2, the 7g has usb, audio extenders and a palm rest, the 6gv2 is just a keyboard with no rest usb or audio
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# 6Gv2Poldo 2011-01-16 04:28
Sorry, I meant the key layout. ;)
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# hmmmmmmmfafkac 2011-01-13 22:58
for record, USB is not capable of full anti-ghost and nkro, cherry black MX switches are silent and no tactile
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# Have you read the article?Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-14 00:31
@ Charles: I will test with Aqua Keytest when I get a moment and post back. There is no need to test the bandwith of the USB ports as they only support 100mA max anyway.
@Poldo: I mentioned this in my article...
@fafack: I read the complete data sheets on Cherry MX switches, I have also read several articles talking about the difference between the colors. It appears you read the pros and cons and ignored the article.
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# hmmmfafkac 2011-01-14 00:44
i have steelseries 6G V2 so i know how cherry MX blacks feel, and i would never switch to membrane keyboard if i can help it
it should be scribed as no tactile and silent, its true that i didnt read whole article
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# RE: hmmmSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-14 06:35
I also have the 6Gv2, and I have tested the 7G also. I explained in my testing results how I felt about the Cherry Black MX keys, please take a read to see if you agree.
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# RE: Have you read the article?Charles 2011-01-14 06:41
Testing the bandwidth of the USB port is actually should be done; a USB 2.0 Flash Drive like those from Patriot, Crucial, SanDisk and other manufacturers high end lines can easily reach the upper limit of 25MB/s of the port.
If the port is actually a USB 1.1 Hub then those devices will be limited to less than half that speed (around 12MB/s)
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# CharlesSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-14 08:51
I tested with Aqua's keytest and NKRO works fine.

I also tested the USB ports using the AIDA 64 disk benchmark and I have uploaded an image to my photobucket.
#i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad297/hatchet_2009/AIDA64_R.png

Looks like the ports are USB 2.0
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# RE: CharlesCharles 2011-01-16 04:38
Thanks, I'm glad you did both tests as it makes suggesting this keyboard (and thus linking to this review) easier.
Many keyboards offer "USB 2.0" hubs and they are actually just 1.1 bridge ports or hubs which can cause some terribly slow speeds on modern flash drives.

As for the Ghosting & NKRO testing, a limited number of mechanical boards saying they have NKRO have actually been wrong about that.

If at all possible, could you show a screen-shot of the keyboard using AKT, under USB (even if you have NKRO) the max you'll get is 6 normal keys with 4 Modifiers being active at once.
Modifiers are CTRL, ALT, Shift, & Tab.

Still, showing that the board can hit any random 6 keys at once without a problem is more than enough as most keyboards experience blocking at 2 keys even because they use the very old IBM Key Matrix. Though even for gamers, most of the time you won't need more than 6KRO.

Though I do know I specifically use around 7-8 keys at a time during some games; it's only a few titles (Simulation & Rhythm games.)
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# RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 KeyboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-01-16 11:56
NKRO when connected via USB is six keys max.

NKRO when connected via USB with all modifiers active (CTRL, ALT, Shift and Tab) is four keys max.

Hope this is helpful enough without a screenshot, print screen won't register due to the NKRO limitation while I am holding the other keys down.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 KeyboardOlin Coles 2011-01-16 12:08
Thank you for fulfilling all of the extra requests, and going beyond the norm for your review.
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# RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 KeyboardDarkdriver 2011-02-06 05:50
It would be great if you could make a comparison between the MEKA G1 and the Zowie Celeritas (for gaming needs). I have to decide between those two keyboards, since I don't know which switch type to take. Unfortunately there is no possibility to test a mechanical keyboard in a shop here.
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 KeyboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-02-06 11:14
As you say the main difference seems to be the switch type... I have a couple of guides you could take a look at that could help you to make up your mind.

##overclock.net/keyboards/491752-mechanical-keyboard-guide.html

#hothardware.com/cs/blogs/mrtg/archive/2009/03/09/mechanical-key-switch-keyboards-demystified.aspx
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# RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboardeclipse 2011-12-21 03:03
"Cons:

- Full anti-ghosting only works with USB to PS/2 adapter "

THATS NOT A CON OF THE KEYBOARD THATS BECAUSE OF THE USB PROTOCOL
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# RE: RE: Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 KeyboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2011-12-21 13:10
It wouldn't be a con if the MEKA G1 were fitted with a PS/2 connector as standard, with an optional PS/2 to USB adapter.
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