Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The MEKA G1 Illuminated keyboard is aesthetically pleasing with the two piece frame and keycaps all receiving a rubberized coating that leaves all of the surfaces with a matte black finish. The keycaps are molded in an opaque plastic, then shot with the coating, leaving the legends being the plastic underneath. Under each and every concave keycap you will find a Cherry MX black switch, and that each switch has an individual LED attached to it to allow for the various illuminated patterns that this board is capable of showing. This is a 104 key layout with a full number pad, but it also offers multimedia keys on the F-Keys, and a pair of lighting buttons further up the F-Keys.
Outside of the realm of basic layout and components, the MEKA G1 Illuminated offers a military grade cable that comes out of the back that offers the keyboard USB connection, but also a second one to connect the two port USB 2.0 hub on the back of the keyboard. On top of that there are also two 3.5mm jacks in the back of the keyboard for audio, and the cable has jacks to plug directly into the rear I/O or a sound card that is 1.5 meters long. If you look at the chart, I think the guys making X's and O's were having some fun. The keyboard has no fan, doesn't have programmable memory, no profiles, and no Macro capability either. Although it does not have software, it does have audio jacks, and it does not offer cable management. It does have gold plated ends, but the cable does not detach. Other than that, the chart is pretty spot on.
I am surprised to see that the MEKA G1 Illuminated is already widely available. Starting at the high-end of the pricing scale, there is Xoxide that is asking $139.95 plus another $9 to get one to my house. Then I jumped over to Newegg where they are asking $119.99 and $6 for shipping. If you then go over to Amazon, you will find that the MEKA G1 Illuminated sits for $119.99 and is eligible for free shipping at the time of writing.
For the purposes of this review, I will be judging my opinion on the Amazon $119.99 pricing, but right up front you can see this will cost you a bit more than other offerings we have reviewed previous to this, and it may be the one thing holding the MEKA G12 Illuminated mechanical keyboard back.