A solid keyboard for solid gameplay.
Last week, we took a look at Tt eSports’ Shock Spin HD headphones and walked away impressed by its simplistic design and excellent stereo performance. For this week, we have equipped ourselves with the MEKA G-Unit, a mechanical keyboard from Thermaltake that promises to be “armed for battle”.
The G-Unit is an upgraded model of the MEKA G1, which was a simple, non-flashy mechanical keyboard much like the SteelSeries 7G. The G-Unit, however, has all the bells and whistles that a proper, all-fuss gaming keyboard should – more macros than your fingers, backlit keys, profiles, and separate media congregation (we do not like F1 keys, please, laptop manufacturers.)
Like the Shock Spin HD headphones, the MEKA G-Unit (MEKA from now on) does not go overboard with styling, and I fear I am more than chumming up to Thermaltake’s simplistic ways. I am supposed to like flashy stuff.
Without its palm rest, the MEKA is surprisingly compact, although wide enough to run your mouse off the table if you are limited in space. Finished in black built-like-a-tank hard plastic, the keyboard’s only color comes from the small red ‘Tt’ logo and two red stripes that cut into the sides. With the palm rest attached, the keyboard sizes up a bit more, and adds another dash of red with a neat little dragon tattoo. The palm rest may not look much, it certainly isn’t as big as the Roccat Isku’s, and while my palm does slip out of the general area of the rest it should easily accommodate slimmer hands. The keyboard does feature backlit keys, but instead of lighting up everything, Thermaltake has gone with a more economic, or focused, route. Only the WASD, control, space, shift, arrows and Numpad arrow keys are lit, with caps lock and Numlock having their own LEDs to display their status.
The focused lighting does seem limiting, even though it’s a lot easier on the eyes in dark. For example, whoever uses arrow keys anymore? In fact, who uses arrow keys on the Numpads, at all? I would rather have the ‘R’ and ‘G’ letter lit, along with the macro keys, which are surprising MIA considering they are the highlight of the keyboard. Moving on to the additional functionalities of the keyboard, you have the profile switchers on the left along with a utility key that disables the Windows button completely. On the right you have a bunch of basic media keys, such as play/pause, mute, volume +/-, stop, etc., and a backlit strength controller.
Also, like any good high-end keyboard, the MEKA features two USB ports and a headphone and a mic jack. However, unlike most keyboards, the MEKA does not use additional USB wires or sound cables. Everything just runs through a single USB cable, which is ridiculously wonderful. And it works. The USB ports cannot run external hard drives, no, but it can easily hold up two flash drives at once. The headphone jacks work well, too, with decent sound quality for what it is.