After my last experience with Thermaltake and their eSports keyboard known as the Challenger, I felt it was quiet the challenge to use if you were anything but a WASD gamer. This time around, the Meka G1 has proven it’s a keyboard to be reckoned with. Heavy duty mechanical key switches, casing, solid steel mounting plate, and unified cable have shown that the Meka was designed to take the market in sheer durability alone.
I was genuinely surprised when I saw this keyboard online for $100.49 + Shipping, while still sporting an array of features, including the heavy duty construction, USB 2.0 Hub, audio pass through ports (with some filtering) and multimedia keys. I won’t lie when I say my last review left a bad taste in my mouth, but this time around, the Meka G1 completely cleansed the palate and left me feeling refreshed.
Audio on this board was a strong consideration to make it a top of the line option in the gaming market, as very little background noise is left in there, without using an external filter, amp, or DAC to manage the sound. Rightfully so, the USB ports also run at 1000hz and a full USB 2.0 speed, meaning that if your headset and/or mouse is connected to this keyboard, you’ll experience no slow downs.
Build quality on this board, and it’s “military grade” marketing were well matched. The thick heavy duty cable may bother some, as it’s slightly harder to route behind your desk than a power cable for your monitor or PSU, but at the same time, it’s built so well and does have a purpose, that I cannot argue with the implementation chosen by Thermaltake. More so, Thermaltake definitely chose a proven and reliable OEM to build their keyboard. Even it if it is based on the standard Costar CST-104 design, it is an exceptional choice.
The Meka G1 is definitely a fantastic product from Thermaltake, and being a bit of a keyboard enthusiast myself; I would highly recommend this keyboard to anyone looking to bust into the mechanical scene who would like a gaming oriented keyboard.
Legit Bottom Line: With top of the line construction, gaming oriented features, and an overall brilliant design; I can say that Thermaltake has a great product on their hand.