26 November 2013
Firstly, I would like to begin by thanking Thermaltake for sponsoring SYF GAMING and for all the support that they have given and continue to give the Australian DOTA scene.
This is more about my experience with this keyboard and less of a formal review about it.
My old keyboard was a $5 keyboard that would just get replaced every year with another $5 keyboard. It had poor response times and required each key to be fully compressed before it would actually register a stroke. It would also not register multiple strokes in quick succession. I have never owned a high end keyboard my entire life as I never saw my keyboard as a limiting factor. I thought this would be the same for all keyboards because I had the same experience with all of my previous keyboards. It was only after I started using the MEKA that I realised how much of an impact a good keyboard can have on in game performance.
When the keyboard first arrived the first thing that I noticed was the sheer size of it. It is big. The contents of the box were all very well presented and it also comes with a bag that you can carry it in. It comes with an arm rest which is attached to the bottom edge of the keyboard. You will need this as it significantly increases the comfort of the keyboard. It came with drivers on a cd but I still haven’t bothered to install it. Because of this I cannot give a review about the different profiles available and all the macro keys that require the drivers for easy operation.
When I started using this keyboard I initially struggled to adjust because it is a completely different sensation as to what I was used to. On my old keyboards I used the edge of the keyboard as a reference point but on the MEKA the 12 macro keys to the left of the keyboard extend the length causing me to place my hands incorrectly on the keyboard. Because of the “red switches” the keys only require about ten per cent compression to register a stroke. This gave me the sensation that key strokes were being registered before I had even finished pressing the key. All of these issues were simply solved over time. Using the keyboard you get used to the feel of it. Correctly wielded this keyboard can be a powerful weapon.
There are 2 USB ports on the back of the keyboard. I don’t know how I ever managed without easy to access USB ports. It also has 2 ports for a headset and a mic. The one thing that I don’t find useful is the lighting on the keyboard. Numpad, arrow keys, space and wasd are illuminated. I don’t find this useful and have the lights disabled (done by hitting the lights key which cycles through different levels of illumination). However the pulsing Tt logo in red looks fantastic. Another useful key is the “game mode” key which serves the sole purpose of disabling and enabling the windows key.
The main downside of this keyboard is that if it ever needs replacing I think I would find it hard to adjust to a poorer quality keyboard. So buying a high end keyboard such as this one is a bit of a one way street. Having played on one for a while now I would recommend buying one if you are looking for a top tier keyboard.
Thanks for reading!
Written by: Timothy "sylvos" Payne