Thermaltake eSports Meka G1 Gaming Keyboard ReviewTue, Aug 30, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Meka G1 Overview (Cont.)
Remember when I said that gold plating a connector was just a marketing gimmick? Well, Thermaltake apparently chose to use these gold plated connectors on the main cables, but not actually include it in the marketing.
An odd choice, but it’s no skin off my back.
While it’s very hard to tell, these keys use pad printing. Fortunately, the printing done on this keyboard is just about flawless, the pads used to print the letters on look so flawless on the keycap that it’s incredibly hard to tell that the keys are printed in this way. A careful eye + magnification glass were needed to see the outlines of the letters themselves.
The circular notches in the key-switch housings is for adding an LED to the key for back-lighting. Which is one of the reasons that Cherry MX Switches are so valued for “gaming” keyboards. Each key gets it’s own LED, which adds to durability and gives the back-lighting a better look.
My first clue as to the OEM of this keyboard, is the trademark Costar stabilizers used for the longer keys. Many users of mechanical keyboards feel that these are the best stabilizers, as they give you a more even feel across the key press, even though, only one switch is present.
Personally, the difference between different stabilizers is very small, at best. I will say that these stabilizers are much harder to use when you want to take off the longer switches like Enter, Shift, & Spacebar. Most users do not do that, so it’s not really a concern.
Flipping it all over, here you have the keyboard PCB. Well routed, soldering is excellent on all the switches, and those 3 big holes you see are where the screws go through to hold the two piece casing together.