Archive Home arrow Reviews: arrow Input Devices arrow Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard
Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard E-mail
Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices
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

Thermaltake MEKA G1 Final Thoughts

I would like to use this section to express a view about a trend that has been steadily evolving, I hope a lot of others may share my views about the subject, and that is products that are designed for gamers. To kick start this viewpoint we need to rewind time a little, back to the days before the likes of SteelSeries, Razer, Choixx and Roccat etc ever made gaming peripherals. What were people using to play games before these companies created their revolutionary 'must have' devices?? A short answer is anything that they could get their hands on. Before the days of optical or laser sensors we had to bear the trackball mice and although the IBM model M and other similar mechanical keyboards were around, I'm pretty sure they weren't touted as 'gaming' keyboards. No, we used regular keyboards but people still had significant advantage over others, it wasn't until cyber sports had become popular that these gaming peripheral companies were founded.

It's hard to look at a motherboards and memory and CPU's and read the words 'created for gamers' in the features list, the only piece of hardware that is truly designed for gamers are graphics cards surely. We have reached a stage now where the words 'created for gamers' are becoming a little over used, or used purely as marketing to sell a product to a wider market. Gaming mice are making large strides to becoming a whole lot more responsive and feature rich but I can't really see any new innovations that can make any new product individual any more. Most gaming keyboards are a joke with their backlit keys for improved visibility and LCD panels for additional info, sure macro keys are great but when using them in games doesn't it kind of feel like cheating a little? I remember playing Need for Speed: Porsche Challenge on the PS1 and found a little glitch when playing a wager mode between two players, it was possible to load the same car for both players by cloning the memory card. The end result was that I won my own car several times and was able to sell it over and over again and earn a large amount of cash and was able to buy the best car available, which was good for all of one hour and kind of killed the game as I now had nothing to aim towards.

Tt-eSports-Logo.jpg

Sure today's games have evolved a lot and we now have the multiplayer aspect to contend with, so now we are pitching ourselves against each other and we need to find that competitive edge. Sure that 5600dpi mouse and that LED backlit keyboard may give you a slight advantage but when it comes down to it nothing comes close to raw skill. My first taste of multiplayer action was in the form of Americas Army, when I started I was rubbish, first I thought it was my RAM holding me back so I upgraded that but no difference was seen. Next I decided to upgrade my CPU but it was the same story. It was then that I upgraded my flailing MX440 Video Card to a more suitable ATI Radeon X800 XT and the difference was immediately apparent. It wasn't until I destroyed my mouse in a fit of rage that I bought into the whole gaming peripheral market ideal in the form of a Razer Krait 1600dpi gaming mouse, which made little difference to my gameplay when compared to the improvement gained from buying that X800 XT Video Card. It wasn't until I learned to watch shadows and listen for footsteps and learn different aspects and routes of maps that I could call myself good. Also being part of a gaming clan and communicating via teamspeak improved my gameplay a lot more than any peripheral ever has.

I don't intend to start a mission to debunk the entire gaming peripheral market segment as there are products out there that really do make a difference, but at the end of the day you need to understand that a particular input device won't transform you into a pro-gamer overnight and you can also become 'pro' without the use of one of these devices so long as you have good hardware that is related directly to games. I'm talking now about Video and Sound cards that are able to recreate your game of choice with high details because at the end of the day your main weapons are ultimately your senses and your reaction time, skills that are developed over time. This brings me back now to my opening statement, what are you looking for in a gaming keyboard? Hopefully I have been able to put some things into perspective.



 

Comments 

 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# Steelseries 6GV2Poldo 2011-01-13 19:43
It looks like a Steelseries 6Gv2
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 6Gv2Poldo 2011-01-16 04:28
Sorry, I meant the key layout. ;)
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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)
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.)
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 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
Report Comment
 
 
# 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.
Report Comment
 

Comments have been disabled by the administrator.

Search Benchmark Reviews
QNAP Network Storage Servers

Follow Benchmark Reviews on FacebookReceive Tweets from Benchmark Reviews on Twitter