MEKA G-Unit Software
Your settings can be stored in the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated’s onboard memory (64KB), but in order to change any key assignments or configure those profiles in the first place you’ll need to install the MEKA’s driver software. In the age of cloud-based software and online accounts, I was relieved to see that the install was fast and painless – no accounts to set up or configure. This is the way devices should work, in my opinion. Store the profiles on the device itself, it’s not like you’ll need that data if you don’t take your keyboard with you anyway… The On-Screen Display functions of the driver (they display an image whenever you switch profiles or modes) runs in a small service with negligible overhead (about 2.5MB of memory according to the Windows task manager).
In Normal mode you are limited to assigning specific functions to the 12 T Keys on the left, but in Gaming mode you can reassign up to 8 standard keys as well (this is why Thermaltake lists the keyboard as having 20 Macro keys – a little deceptive, but accurate nonetheless). The instant shift function allows you to use a modifier with the T Keys and different profiles, allowing (as near as I could tell in testing) instantaneous switching between the different profiles.
While the dedicated “illumination” key on the keyboard will switch between the brightness levels (with the final level switching to the fade in/out mode) without the use of software, in order to change the lighting zones you need to use the Light Option tab in the driver software. The only zones you can activate are the WASD and arrow keys (pictured above), or the entire keyboard.
The included macro editor is pretty standard for keyboards in this category. Thankfully it allows for editing and moving individual commands after inputting the keys you’d like in your macro, so you don’t have to get it perfect the first time. After entering the keyboard commands you’d like to assign to that macro, you can change the delays between each action or assign a static delay to every key. The drop down box in the lower right lists common Windows commands (Copy, Cut, Paste, etc.) that are available for use as well. Overall it is easy to use and powerful enough to satisfy most users. Personally, I don’t use macros that much, as I’ve rarely found an effective use for them. I do enjoy keyboards with extra keys though, as I can map extra functions to keys that are easier to find or reach (radio commands, switching seats in vehicles in-game, etc.).