Inside the MEKA G1 Illuminated
Of course I had to remove a few keycaps to verify that these were in fact Cherry MX black switches used here, and they indeed are. You will also notice that each of the switches have an individual LED which allows for the four lighting modes.
The PCB is very clean, and QC was very good about making sure all of the flux was removed and that the solder dobs were all level and the tabs cut very short. The steel plate between this and the keycaps is painted black and is thicker than most, contributing to its overall heft.
This is part of the reason Thermaltake doesn't want you tearing into this keyboard. This 44 pin connector holds the controller that is in the lower section of the frame and the PCB together, and without gentle persuasion, this can get messy really quickly.
Behind the USB and audio ports is where the main controllers are found on this PCB and nestled into the bottom of the keyboard. Thermaltake used a Genesys Logic GL850G controller with its 8-bit RISC processor to control the USB, the lights, the keys and audio.
This TMU3130 IC I do believe is used for the basic necessities of keeping the light settings and any other information about the driverless functionality of this keyboard.
Once the MEKA G1 Illuminated was back together, it was time to see what the illuminated name is all about. The first time you press the FN+F11 combination, the WASD keys light up. Using the FN+F12 combination will allow for seven brightness settings, as well as turning the lights off completely.
If you use FN+F11 combo again, the WASD keys turn off, and the arrow keys next to the number pad light up. You also have the brightness and off features here too.
Using that G-Key combination one more time allows the arrows to turn off and are then replaced with the numbers 2, 4, 6 and 8 on the keyboard. So, no matter what you use to move around, this keyboard has most gamers covered.
If you then use that combination for the fourth time, the MEKA G1 Illuminated lights every keycap on the board and gives you no reasons why you couldn't write or code in the dark, for those of you who stare at the keyboard. For touch typists, it still looks cool, even if you only see it when walking up to your desk.