|Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Thursday, 13 January 2011|
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Testing & Results
Testing an input device is simple, all one needs to do is use it, unfortunately there are no quantative benchmarks to run, no numbers to compare, and no software used that can test the quality of the hardware. Testing an input device like the Thermaltake MEKA G1 mechanical Gaming Keyboard is going to be based around personal opinion and preference. For instance, I really like the simplistic approach to looks, but this might not be to everyone's taste. In this section I will present my unbiased opinion with regards to the use and operation of the MEKA G1 and report back any improvement benefiting directly by its use in various games and programs listed below. Your mileage may vary slightly and as such this should be taken as a guide only.
I have been using the Thermaltake MEKA G1 for a little over a week now and prior to using it I have tested both the SteelSeries 7G and the 6Gv2 mechanical keyboards. These keyboards all use the same Cherry MX Black switches and the key layouts are nearly identical, to this end my experience with the MEKA G1 is harder to distinguish than moving from a regular keyboard to a mechanical one. But I can point out that price wise the MEKA G1 sits between the two SteelSeries boards with all the benefits of the higher priced model and a more compact size.
I can compare my experience of the MEKA G1 to using a regular keyboard, while there is no tactile click with Cherry Black mechanical switches there is the slight resistance and near instant recoil of the switch along with the audible feedback of the keys hitting bottom and returning that enhances the experience of using the MEKA G1. Until you have used a mechanical keyboard you will never know the difference, and once you have used a mechanical keyboard you will not want to use anything else. As far as gaming goes your main benefits are faster response due to the mechanical nature and also the anti-ghosting feature when you use the supplied USB to PS/2 adapter. Overall a very nice experience and you will also notice an improvement in your typing experience.
Upon the request of our readers two extra tests have been conducted. Above are the results of the AIDA 64 Disk Benchmark, the AIDA 64 tests were conducted on a 4GB TDK Trans-It flash drive and the results were the same when the flash drive was connected through the MEKA G1's USB hub and when connected directly to the motherboard USB ports. The second test was rather simple, using a little utility known as Aqua's Keytest I tested N key rollover to see whether anti ghosting was working properly and ther results were positive. You must connect the MEKA G1 to your PC using the USB to PS/2 adapter to take advantage of the N key rollover function.