Thermaltake’s Meka G1, part of its Tt eSports line, is almost as fancy as the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Stealth. It’s quieter, perhaps due in part to the use of Cherry Black switches, which are similar to the Brown switches in the Razer keyboard but without the tactile half-press resistance.
The keys on the Thermaltake Meka G1 feel slightly mushy, with a resistance that is almost too smooth and constant to make for great touch-typing. The keyboard's construction feels slighter than many others. It seems sort of hollow and plasticky, rather than dense and solid.
The braided cord coming out of the back of the Thermaltake Meka G1 is huge, almost as big around as a dime. It carries cords for two USB plugs (one for the two-port USB pass-through to the back of the keyboard, one for the keyboard itself) and both headphone and microphone jacks.
With the Fn key, you can use the F1-F7 keys for media control. Thermaltake has moved the Windows key to the right side of the spacebar, next to the right Alt key. If you’re a heavy user of Windows shortcuts, this might take some getting used to, but it at least keeps the key out of the way of your left hand during gaming sessions.
You’ll also find a snap-on wrist rest in the box, which seems to be rare among mechanical keyboards.
SHOULD I BUY THERMALTAKE ESPORTS MEKA G1?
Overall, the Thermaltake Meka G1 is a pretty good deal and a fine keyboard if you prefer the non-tactile feel of Cherry Black switches. But if you want to recreate the clicky, half-press resistance of the mechanical keys from 20 years ago, you’ll want to look elsewhere.