Testing the Meka G1

Since it doesn’t feature any programmable functions, the Meka G1 doesn’t come with an installation software and it needs only to be plugged in to work. We installed it both USB and audio connections to the back of the desktop and, despite being a good idea to have a thick cable gathering the other four wires, the cable itself is not very flexible and can be a pain to route depending on the user’s setup. Next we plugged our mouse and a USB drive to the USB hub on the keyboard and got a regular headset with 3.5 mm audio connectors (our main headset is a wireless USB model). All set, duly recognized and working fine – and the access to the files on the pen drive was as fast as if it was plugged to the motherboard or another USB hub we have.

Meka G1Figure 4: Keys to the left

After that we changed the audio setup, plugging the wireless headset on the USB previously occupied by the USB drive. Everything went fine once more, a perfect A+ to connectivity. The inclusion of a separate cable to power the USB hub was a good decision from Thermaltake. Sometimes gaming-grade keyboards feature two USB ports but have only one cable to be connected to the desktop, which generates error messages about some devices not being able to be connected due to power consumption.

Thermaltake Meka G1 Keyboard Review Figure 5: Keys to the right

Those who think about acquiring a Meka G1 and like to customize functions should invest on a good mouse full of programmable buttons because the keyboard, as we said, doesn’t do that. Its strong point is sturdiness: you need to apply some pressure to hit the keys. It may seem like tiring but it’s not and besides it gives the feeling the keyboard will hold on and no key will be hit by accident. In more than two weeks of usage while we tested other peripherals, not in a single moment we hit a wrong key with the Meka G1. Furthermore, the sturdiness helps to preserve certain keys like ‘W’ which is kept pressed on through endless hours to move the hero character in games like Call of Duty or World of Warcraft.

More than the lack of customization, which is always useful, what bothered us the most was the lack of backlighting, which is essential to those who play in a dim room or have the intention of bringing the keyboard do a competition usually held in darkened spaces. It is, as ever, a matter of subjective taste, but for us it’s a serious problem.

Meka G1Figure 6: Assembled

And what about the boring part, we mean, work? Well, the Meka G1 resembles those old typewriters from our folks and grandfolks because it’s a mechanical keyboard. In some online matches, our friends made some remarks about the loudness of our typing being captured by the microphone during our chat. With the resistance offered by the keys, after some hours of intense typing of big texts the work became more tiring – something that shouldn’t worry those who will use the Meka G1 primarily for gaming and casual light typing.

In final consideration, the Meka G1 is indicated for players who prefer to leave their customization to fancy gaming-grade mice or doesn’t care much about to begin with. The compact size is good for thight spaces and the USB/audio hub comes in handy, despite creating a crowd of wiring to the right that may compromise the mouse movements. The sturdiness is a high mark, but may tire the user that does lenghy typing outsite gaming time.

A self-assumed gadget-freak and an avid gamer, André Gordirro has written about pop culture, Internet and technology for the past ten years. He works for SET Magazine, Brazil's biggest movie magazine, and usually contributes to its technology section writing about consumer products. His body lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – although his mind is said to inhabit cyberspace.