Oh…the keyboard. This peripheral can be one of the most overlooked and undervalued parts of any gamer’s rig. There are so many keyboard manufacturers’ out there, that there is a venerable cornucopia of keyboard options available to consumers today. In an attempt to win the consumer over there competitor’s iteration of the gaming keyboard, they have become more functional and fashionable. Unfortunately, as we have seen to many times here at Techwarelabs, fashion and function don’t always mix. The trend of sleek and stylish hit the keyboard market some time ago, and the market was flooded with membrane or chiclet style keyboards that looked great, but as time passed, failed to hold up to the heavy use and performance scrutiny of serious gamers. So, we’re seeing a reemergence of old style mechanical keyboards in the gaming keyboard market.
Today, we are going to be taking a look at Thermaltake Ttesports MEKA G1 Illuminated keyboard. Built on Cherry MX Black switches, this non-macro keyboard promises a solid durable construction, with individually LED illuminated keys. Before we dive into the review, let’s take a peek at the technical specifications.
|Membrane, Mechanical, Plunger||Mechanical|
|Anti-Ghosting Keys||104 (PS2)|
|Polling Rate||1000 Hz|
|Wrist Rest||Yes, Detachable|
|On-board Audio Jacks||Yes|
|Keystroke Lifecycle||50 Million|
|Cable Length||1.5m Braided|
|Dimension (LxWxH)||430 x 160 x 40mm|
The packaging for the MEKA G1 Illuminated keyboard is well done, with a highly stylized and informative exterior, listing the highlights this keyboard has to offer. Once open, the internal packaging is well compartmentalized, easy to unpack, and sufficiently rugged enough to minimize the chance of damaged right out of the box. Included in the box:
• 1 x MEKA G1 Illuminated keyboard
• 1 x Detachable Wrist Rest
• Product documentation
With the MEKA G1 out of the packaging, the first thought I had was “you could seriously injure someone with this thing”. The keyboard is very weighted in the hands and has an extremely solid feel to the construction. It’s been a long time since I have reviewed a keyboard where I had that as an initial impression. The keys are solid with almost zero play, which is one of the marked benefits of linear switches over membrane style keys. The braided cable is also extremely solid, almost to the point of overkill as it didn’t easily bend. It’s nice to see it’s not detachable from the keyboard itself, removes the chance of it disconnecting at the wrong moment. The USB and audio inputs at the top corner of the keyboard seem well placed and easy to access. All and all, if I stopped the review right here, the keyboard would get huge marks in quality construction, based on initial visual inspection. However, it’s now time to spend some time with it and deep dive into how well it performs.