Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Edition Mechanical Keyboard Review
By Tom Jaskulka
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.
Thermaltake’s eSPORTS division has updated their MEKA line of mechanical keyboards with the Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Edition gaming keyboard, complete with full red LED illumination on every key and Cherry MX Black linear mechanical switches throughout. Including features comparable to many other premium keyboards, will Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.’s eSPORTS offering distance itself from the pack? As always, that’s what Benchmark Reviews intends to find out.
Mechanical keyboards have certainly made a comeback, haven’t they? I know, they’ve been around for quite some time…much longer than the typical membrane-switch based keyboards that most users are familiar with (chances are there’s one sitting on your desk right now). Until recently, they haven’t been available as a “mainstream” product – I’m not even sure if there were many opportunities to spend more than $100 in the past on a keyboard, without including some fancy lighting or wireless features. With many of the major peripheral manufacturers now offering a line of mechanical keyboards, the selection has never been greater. Let’s dig into Thermaltake’s offering, the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Edition keyboard and see how it stacks up.
While many aspects of peripherals comes down to personal preference, there are some features that can be tested. I’ll do my best to illustrate any key-blocking (n-key rollover), ghosting, or build quality issues I encounter while using the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Edition keyboard as well as my impressions of the Cherry Black switches while typing and gaming. When testing peripherals, I’ll commonly just swap them out with whatever gear I’m currently using, and use them for any daily task I normally perform on a computer. Most of the typing observations I’ll get when using this keyboard to write this review, and I’ll make sure to spend a little extra time in a few games that make extensive use of the keyboard.
Features & Specifications
|MEMBRANE, MECHANICAL, PLUNGER||MECHANICAL|
|ON-BOARD FAN DEVICE||X|
|ANTI-GHOSTING KEYS||104 (PS2)|
|ON-BOARD MEMORY SIZE||64 KB|
|NO. OF GAME PROFILES||3|
|NO. OF MACRO KEYS||60|
|POLLING RATE||1000 HZ|
|BACK-LIGHT||FULL BACKLIGHT LED RED|
|WRIST REST||YES, DETACHABLE|
|ON-BOARD AUDIO JACKS||YES|
|SMART CABLE MANAGEMENT||YES|
|USB CABLE DETACHABLE||YES|
|ON-BOARD USB PORT||2|
|KEYSTROKE LIFECYCLE||50 MILLION|
|CABLE LENGTH||1.8M BRAIDED|
|DIMENSION (LXWXH)||553 X 271 X 70MM|
|OTHER FEATURES||– USB TO PS2 ADAPTER FOR ‘N KEY ROLLOVER’ FUNCTION.
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