I am going to just get right down to it here. Are there a couple of things missing from this Thermaltake offering that other companies may have bested? Sure, there is a lack of software, a lack of profiles, a lack of Macro ability, but let's be serious for a moment here... so what? From my perspective, I am a typist first and a gamer second, but that really has no bearing to where I am going with this here. The lack of software to me is a plus, as I don't have to fiddle around with anything - I just get a mechanical keyboard that is all it can be, right out of the box. I don't create a lot of Macros for my keyboard and I don't need profiles, to me that is where all these feature rich mice come in. What you get here is a simplified way of life. There are multiple light settings and brightness levels to suit anyone's needs, and the bright red lighting plays very well against the matte black finish of the rest of the keyboard. For a keyboard that lacks features you may not even need, the MEKA G1 Illuminated and its Cherry MX black switches have made a believer out of me.
Considering the week of use that I have had this keyboard going through has already written five other reviews, I have ridden this keyboard pretty hard, most keyboards outside of my Trigger from Cooler Master don't see that much time under my hands, when it comes to writing multiple reviews. Even with the lack of a tactile click, the smooth and almost silent nature of these switches makes me ponder my favoritism to the green switches. One thing you will notice is that the actuation pressure is about medium strength, and for a guy like me who is used to the springs on greens, it took me some time not to clack the key caps on the steel plate, but after the switches loosened up and I stopped trying to kill the keys, I found my time with it to be very enjoyable and mostly quiet, but I still get a hollow clank when the space bar returns to the top.
As for the rest of the keyboard, the USB ports have plenty of power. I was able to run both the mouse and a headset via USB without any static or any sort of issues with reading the signals from the mouse. I also used a 3.5mm headset to see if that functioned, and it does, but the audio is only as good as what the PC offers - don't expect miracles because it is operated through this keyboard.
The only factor about the MEKA G1 Illuminated that could be a concern is the pricing. Mechanical keyboards are now swarming the market, and many of those offerings are considerably cheaper. I used to think that if you could get a mechanical at $150, it was a good deal - but that was over a year ago now. Since then the average mechanical keyboard offerings seem to be in the $80 to $90 range, and with a $119.99 price point, the MEKA G1 Illuminated may have priced itself out of some customer's hands.
While I am sure the price will drop some over time, the question is, will it be in time for the MEKLA G1 Illuminated to be a big player? I will just say I hope so, as this is a really sturdy mechanical offering that I would say is in my top five Cherry MX based keyboards, which I have ever had the pleasure of using.
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