|Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Gaming Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Monday, 03 October 2011|
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Closer Look: Tt eSPORTS MEKA G-UnitThe MEKA G-Unit is a direct descendent of the MEKA G1, a simpler mechanical keyboard from Thermaltake eSPORTS. While built upon the same robust mechanical platform as the MEKA G1, it also incorporates some of the best features from the Challenger Pro. As a sort of hybrid, the MEKA G-Unit is among the first keyboards to bring the benefits of a mechanical platform into the realm of gamers.
The packaging on the MEKA G-Unit is superb. The only thing missing is foam around the entire structure for absurd amounts of padding. It's amazing that so many components can be squeezed into such a tight space and decently padded with cardboard.
The package labeling is also excellent showing all the features and benefits. When you analyze the features and benefits you find that Thermaltake left out the stuff that was entirely frivolous in exchange for high-quality and durability. You'll also find, when hefting the box, that the MEKA G-Unit is a heavy beast of a keyboard. It weighs in at about 3 pounds.
In this case the weight alludes to the physical quality and composition. Stout is a good description for the feel of the MEKA G-Unit. The keys are laid out in normal fashion With few minor exceptions. The left end has been extended to include twelve custom macro keys. The print screen, scroll lock and pause\break trio in the upper right has been moved closer to the function keys to make room for several multimedia keys. Finally, the top of the keyboard has more real-estate than normal to accommodate both multimedia keys and profile switching keys.
The extra keys make the MEKA G-Unit bulkier than the average keyboard, but compared to other gaming keyboards it is nothing unusual. From the backside you can see height adjustment tabs, a cord management slot, and mounting areas for a wrist-rest. There are six small strips of soft rubber for anti-slip.
Two of the anti-slip pads are located on the height adjustment tabs. When flipped out, these tabs offer a half-inch of boost to the back of the keyboard. But since the keyboard is long, the total change in tilt is modest. There are also small rubber pads at the end of the tabs to provide anti-slip when the tabs are deployed. They help some, but when push comes to shove, the tabs simply collapse. It would be nice if they had more resistance.