Mechanical Keyboard Final Thoughts
The features users want in a peripheral can vary wildly from person to person, and the entire thing can be a terribly subjective experience. Some balk at the idea of spending anywhere close to $50 on a keyboard, let alone twice that. I personally feel that spending up on quality peripherals can drastically change your experience at a computer for the better – after all, it’s the only part that you actually interact with during use.
A mechanical keyboard is a great way to enhance the quality of interaction with your computer. Of course, they come in a multitude of varieties, and you’ll have to decide what particular features you care about. The Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Illuminated edition provides many high-end features, comparable to other products in its price range.
I didn’t uncover any significant issues after using this as my main keyboard for over a week. I preferred the simple driver installation and configuration utility, and liked the linear feel of the Cherry Black keys (especially for gaming). I played a few rounds in games such as Mechwarrior Online, Battlefield 3 and ARMA 3 to uncover any eccentricities with the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated – it was a pretty easy transition for me, and I was satisfied with my experience while gaming. My only annoyance was brushing the ESC key when searching for the profile switch buttons – they could stand to be a little taller. The “T-Keys” were especially helpful in ARMA 3, as having a set of dedicated “extra” keys were useful to re-locate commonly used commands (and still keep the original key mappings).
I like to test my typing skills from time to time using typeracer.com, and while they don’t offer a benchmark I’ve found that racing others is a great way to uncover subtle differences between keyboards in a “real-world” activity. Keep in mind I’ve had over a year of practice with a Razer Black Widow Stealth with Cherry Brown switches, but switching to the MEKA G-Unit Illuminated wasn’t difficult. I felt like I made less mistakes due to accidental keypresses using the stiffer Cherry Black switches, but the numbers between the two keyboards were essentially the same. Averaging the scores from five consecutive rounds on each keyboard, I ended up with an average of 79.4 wpm / 94.66% accuracy with Thermaltake’s keyboard vs 81.8 wpm / 96.14% accuracy with Razer’s Black Widow. There doesn’t seem to be a switch that’s “better” than any other, and it really comes down to familiarity and personal preference. I’ll echo the common statement that linear switches felt better for gaming, with tactile switches being better for typing.