MEKA G-Unit Illuminated Detailed Features
Let’s take a closer look at some of the detailed features of the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated mechanical keyboard.
This keyboard includes two USB 2.0 ports along with the upstream mini-USB for connecting the keyboard itself. The audio headphone/mic jacks are standard 3.5mm ports, and appear to use a USB audio driver to pass their signals through the lone detachable USB cable. It’s definitely a solution that cuts down on cable clutter, but some may not want to add another audio device to their system – either way, in use they are relatively free of the electronic noise that plagues most integratedkeyboard jacks. During playback I didn’t notice any “hiss,” only after the system was idle for a short period of time would some noise creep in to my headphones. Overall, it was one of the better experiences I’ve had using the built-in audio jacks, as most keyboards I’ve used struggle with additional noise.
As with most keyboards, the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated has built-in risers to increase the angle of the keyboard for those that prefer a different angle. Unlike most keyboards, they keep a rubber pad in contact with your desk surface in both their raised and lowered positions.
I am mystified that more companies don’t do this, as it seems to be the exception rather than the rule (almost every keyboard I’ve owned will begin sliding around in a raised position). This is a wonderful (albeit small) detail that Thermaltake should be commended for.
The MEKA G-Unit Illuminated uses Cherry MX Black switches under all of the keys. With an actuation force of 60 cN (centiNewtons, or ~60 grams of force) and an actuation distance of 2mm (bottoming out at 4mm), the linear action of Blacks are commonly quoted as ideal for gaming. Unlike the Cherry Blue variety (and to a lesser extent Cherry Brown switches) there isn’t much of a “reset” point in the travel, so linear switches like Cherry Reds and Blacks are easier to “double-tap” with. There isn’t any tactile bump or click here, which tends to make the keys a little quieter as well. Of course, if you’re heavy handed you can still get some awesome “clickety-clack” that mechanical keyboards are notorious for if you bottom out the keys while typing, but due to the stiffer actuation force of the Cherry MX Blacks and a little practice it is pretty easy to hit each key softly and consistently at its actuation point.
The illumination is nice and even, with each key containing a red LED. The Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock keys illuminate when active, which is an elegant solution instead of the common “notification” LEDs in the upper right corner. Note that the keys with additional characters on them only light the main legend, while the text or special characters are indirectly lit (the number row, Shifts, Backspace and the Home/PgUp/PgDn/End/Ins/Del keys on the number pad).
The 12 Macro keys (T-Keys) are located on the left and are separated into three groups of four, allowing for a nice physical organization for whatever you’d like to program them for.
The profile and mode switch keys are in the top left corner, along with the media keys in the top right. While these obviously do not use Cherry MX Black switches, they all have a pleasant tactile click to them and don’t feel out of place. If anything, they could be a little taller or easier to find, since they aren’t back-lit like the other keys and are a little tough to actuate without hitting the ESC / F-keys or volume controls.