|Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 13 January 2011|
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Thermaltake MEKA G1 Detailed Features
Let's take a closer look at the MEKA G1 and its finer, albeit simple features.
The MEKA G1 uses the popular Cherry MX Black mechanical switches, these are considered amongst the best switches for gaming as there is no real tactile feedback apart from bottoming out and quick return, they need a reasonable amount of force to actuate so there should be less accidental keypresses (in theory). I am by no means an authority here though as mechanical switches are a far more complex subject than this paragraph could ever try to cover, for those of you who don't know about Cherry MX switches you should visit google.
The MEKA G1 has seven multimedia function keys that are operated by pressing the 'Fn' key that replaces the left windows key, thus killing two birds with one stone. No more windows key minimising your game and bonus multimedia controls that dont take up real estate thus keep the keyboard at a nice compact size.
The MEKA G1 features the three standard lock LED's that are found on 99% of keyboards, but in this case Themaltake have fitted super bright red LED's in place of standard low level LED's commonly found in keyboards. The LED's really catch your eye are so bright that they will dazzle you if you look directly at them and they also light up your ceiling.
In the back of the MEKA G1 are two USB 2.0 ports each supporting 100mA max power draw, next to them are headphone and microphone pass through sockets. These ports are located on the right of the keyboard and may have been better situated on the left like the 7G as it is typical that your mouse is on the right side of your keyboard and the wires from your devices are likely to conflict with mouse movement.
This is the heavyweight "Military Grade" braided cable, it is around 8 or 9 mm thick and has a very nice feel to it. I am a big fan of braided cords as they look so much nicer and offer better protection. With the MEKA G1's cable I think Thermaltake may have gone a little overboard as the cable is very stiff and not the easiest cable to route.
The individual cables stem off the braided cord about 1ft before the end which gives a little bit of flexibility when connecting to your PC, the connectors themselves are gold plated and are clearly labeled to distinguish their intended function. Also included is a USB to PS/2 adapter that gives the MEKA G1 its N-key rollover function thus eliminating ghost keys, without it the anti-ghosting works for six keys only.