MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Overview
The MEKA G-Unit Illuminated is packaged like most keyboards in this range with a detailed box and descriptive artwork. The detachable USB cable includes a carrying pouch, and the driver disc and manuals (don’t forget the stickers!) are neatly packed in a folded paper “envelope.”
Not pictured is a full-size nylon carrying case for the keyboard, palm rest and accessories (namely the braided cable) because it was hiding like a stowaway underneath the final cardboard layer in the box! I only found it when looking for the USB to PS/2 adapter listed in the specification table which did not seem to be included in my review item. To be honest, I’d rather have the case anyway, a pleasant surprise (besides, I have too many of those USB to PS/2 adapter plugs sitting around)! It seems very durable, and contains separated compartments for the keyboard, palm rest and USB cable/pouch. Make sure you don’t throw it away with the box!
Here are the contents of the card stock envelope, which you may not need to open as the driver and manual are readily available online through Thermaltake’s eSPORTS site. I’m in the habit of going directly to the manufacturer’s site to make sure I get the latest driver and software, as many times products will be updated within weeks of launching. The eSPORTS website seems sufficient, but I wonder if a dedicated Support link would help with organizing drivers for the different products. In any case, it wasn’t difficult to find the driver online.
The hard plastic palm rest easily snaps in to the keyboard’s chassis. Once attached, it allows for just enough movement to prop the keyboard up on its feet – this is a feature most will appreciate, and while the palm rest has its own rubber non-skid feet to prevent most movement I’d still like the option to secure this piece with screws. A minor complaint to be sure, and something that falls under the “things no one else would ever notice” category – think of it as a feature request instead of a complaint, as the way it is implemented is perfectly adequate.
The key layout is fairly standard, although some might take issue with the large L-shaped Enter key (and relocating the pipe/backslash key next to the small right Shift key). It didn’t interrupt me at all, but if you do a lot of coding and have gotten used to a certain layout this might require a little adjustment.
Flipping over the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated reveals a substantial number of rubber feet to prevent any sliding along with a channel for cable management. The Razer Black Widow Stealth keyboard I’ve been using for the past year struggles with this, and I’m glad to see Thermaltake include enough of these to keep this keyboard in place. The hard textured plastic used up top continues here, and the design on the bottom seems to help a little with flex. The Black Widow seems to be stiffer, and if Thermaltake uses a steel floor plate it must be pretty thin as I can still noticeably twist the keyboard longitudinally. Of course when the keyboard is sitting on a flat surface this isn’t much of an issue, and the only thing that really matters is flex while typing (which isn’t a problem whatsoever).
The keyboard plank itself is angled slightly and the key caps are contoured by row to allow for more natural typing. The slight angles help keep your hands in place and help remind your fingertips where they are. While a little difficult to tell from this angle, all of the square keys use a cylindrical shape for the cap, cradling your fingertips nicely (the bigger keys like Enter, Shift, Ctrl, etc. are all flat/standard).