|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 Conclusion
In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Thermaltake MEKA G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar gaming keyboard that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher or lower score. It is however a good indicator of whether the keyboard is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review, if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.
I was sceptical of any performance advantage that might be gained from using a mechanical keyboard before I had used one, it is one of those devices that have been long forgotten like the beige box of their era. Once you have had the pleasure of using one you will not want to go back to your regular keyboard, so I encourage you to give one a try, if you have access to one that is. With regards to gaming though, I cannot really say if I have noticed any benefit offered from the mechanical nature, this will only become obvious months or years down the line if I am still using this keyboard or not. I have got through many regular keyboards that have simply broken due to their cheap nature. Since I only play FPS I won't notice the anti-ghosting or increased actions per minute afforded by the MEKA G1 but I really appreciate the tactile and audible feedback.
The appearance of the Tt eSports MEKA G1 is going to get mixed ratings, due to the graphical nature of this review you can easily make up your own mind. The MEKA G1 is right up my street, I really appreciate the minimalistic looks and the color scheme suits my needs down to the ground. Sometime less really is more.
The MEKA G1 weighs in at just over 3lbs, and while I haven't wielded it as a weapon or used it like a dance mat I can safely say that it is one tough cookie that is sure to last for some time to come. The retractable height adjusting feet are hopefully as tough as the keyboard itself although I don't think I will use them as the keyboard is nicely angled anyway. The ABS plastic exterior shell and metal inner chassis give the MEKA G1 a feeling of real strength and gives me confidence that I won't hurt it with some heavy use.
Functionality is good with the MEKA G1, the media keys are a nice addition and the replacement of the left windows key is like a blessing for an FPS gamer such as myself. While I have not noticed the benefit of anti-ghosting I can rest assured that it is there and of course I had to make sure it worked, and it does! When you connect the MEKA G1 to your PC with the USB to PS/2 adapter you really can hold down all the keys on the keyboard without getting that annoying tone and having all the keys register, but I am not sure why you would want to. If you connect via USB the anti-ghosting works for just six keys only, this is more than enough for my needs and will work just fine.
As of March 2011, the MEKA G1 will set you back $119 at Amazon. This is a lot for a gaming keyboard, but let's not forget that the MEKA G1 is a mechanical keyboard at heart and will likely outlast most if not all of your current system. The gaming related features of the MEKA G1 are anti-ghosting, quick response keys and the omission of the windows key on the left of the space bar. It hasn't made a great deal of difference to my game but I only play FPS, and it is also a damn good keyboard to type on. The MEKA G1 is competing for your cash with the SteelSeries 7G, it has all the same features and is slightly more compact, it takes up less real estate and undercuts it by $10. The real difference will be your personal preference on looks.
The MEKA G1 is a very good keyboard and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, not just for gaming but for everyday use as it will last as long as the paint on the keys and will still keep going afterwards, whereas your standard rubber dome keyboard will have curled up and died and met its maker a long long time before.
+ Cherry Black MX mechanical switches
- Lock status LED's are way too bright
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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