Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit Keyboard Review
A solid keyboard for solid gameplay.
The bundled software allows complete control over the functionalities of the keyboard, and is surprisingly easy and robust to use although it may feel otherwise due to the seemingly complex and unintuitive interface.
The entire keyboard is macro’able, however most users will want to limit their macros to the 12 dedicated buttons, which can be tripled if they wish, thanks to the three presets available. The keyboard also has an Instant Shift System (ISS) where it allows users to switch to a different profile, on-the-fly, for a brief moment, giving them access to a different set of macro presets, as long as the dedicated ISS button is held. The ISS can be assigned to Shift, Control, or Alt keys and can be made to either switch to Profile 2 or Profile 3. Annoyingly, I haven’t found a way to disable it; so now whenever I press the left Shift key, it changes my profile for that brief moment I have the key held. The on-screen notification for it has popped about a gazillion times while writing this review, and it has started to get on my nerves.
Keys can be assigned to any other single key press or to launch a program. For macros, a single key press can be made to repeat multiple times, or when it’s held, or only function until it’s pressed for the next time. The macros are quite flexible and Thermaltake has left no option unattended to help users create macros tailor made to their liking.
The software also allows you to adjust the strength of the backlit keys, offering four of such presets. Alternatively, the lights can be made to ‘pulse’ adding a cool little effect to your fragging. This can be done without the software of course, using the dedicated button the keyboard.
In use, MEKA felt nothing remarkable, and does nothing to alleviate the hateful feeling for mechanical keyboards when shifting from a membrane-based one. It does take time to adjust to the ‘crunch-crunch’ of the mechanical keys, and it easily takes up to a week to truly appreciate the satisfying feedback of a mechanical keyboard.
The only annoyance that I have faced with the MEKA is that it fails, sometimes, to register key presses, resulting in a lot misspelled words even though my mind tells me it has moved the fingers correctly. The keys are also not sensitive to touch like the SteelSeries 7G’s, and require quite a bit of force, while typing at least, to register a key properly.
Another minor quibble is the slightly adjusted keyboard layout. Actually, it’s only a button. Thermaltake for some reason decide to bring ‘backward slash’ key besides the ‘question’ key, effectively screwing up years of practice of quickly hitting shift and question.
At $130, the Thermaltake MEKA G-Unit is a fantastic buy for its price. It competes directly against Razer BlackWidow, and features almost everything the Razer does except full backlit keyboard. But MEKA’s one-cable-to-rule-them all is a huge bonus, which not only reduces cable clutter, but frees up valuable USB and headphone jacks. It’s solidly built, and besides some minor hiccups, is a champ of a performer.
Good: Solid build; nice punchy feel to the keys; 12×3 macros; flexible software; Powered by one USB
Bad: Keys don’t register at times; slightly adjusted keyboard layout; focused backlit keys are limiting