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Quick review - Thermaltake eSports Meka G1

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So you guys finally convinced to buy a mechanical keyboard. The Thermaltake Meka G1 appeared to satisfy most of my needs so I picked one up on amazon for $110. I just wanted to share my thoughts.

First of all, the quality is awesome. This thing weighs a ton a looks great. I really like the simple matte finish. It also comes with a palm rest, which is something I wanted. One review I read claimed the palm rest was flimsy, but that's not the case at all with mine. When installed, the palm rest feels like it's simply an extension of the keyboard. It doesn't move around at all.

I'm not sure exactly how the letters are put on the keys, but they're definitely not stickers. The letters are actually raised, so you can feel them when you touch the keys. It gives a nice texture.

I was worried at first about Cherry MX blacks because people say they're very hard to press. I haven't found that to be the case at all. They go down fairly easily, and they feel great. I like that you don't have to press them down all the way to engage them! They are somewhat loud, although I don't really know how other cherry's sound.

The keyboard has media keys that are tied to a the F row and a fn key, which is nice to have. Oddly, the volume up is left of the volume down. I thought that would be annoying, but I got used to it quickly.

The cable is braided, and looks and feels great. I was worried about the length, but it ended up being fine with my massive desk. The keyboard has two usb ports and a mic and headset port. As I expected, there is some noise when using headphones, although it's not that bad. The keyboard uses two usb cables, one of which can connect with an included USB/PS2 adapter. With that attached, the keyboard has full NKRO.

Overall, I'm really liking this keyboard. I honestly can't really think of any negatives (although I don't have much experience with other mechanical keyboards). Let me know if you have any questions!
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MX Blacks are not loud wink.gif

Glad you like it, I like MX Blacks quite a bit but very different from most of the mechanicals.
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I have a Meka G1. It seems like a really under-rated board to be honest. It is on par with the steel series 7g feature wise and I've read it has better build quality too, yet if someone is looking for a board with mx blacks, they hardly get a mention.

Congrats on the purchase.. I love mine too. They really are very solid, and I know what you mean about the letters, they are noticeably raised and seem painted on or something... very interesting feeling.
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Blacks are pretty good for gaming. I don't think people will ever go entirely away from black switches even as reds move in. Reds are good for typing, and gaming. Blacks are better overall for gaming. Although, for some reds will be better for fps, and long gaming sessions. It's good that more variety is coming to the market. Enjoy your new board!
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