Thermaltake adds more features to Meka mechanical keyboard

Thermaltake has expanded its line of mechanical-switch keyboards with a new model that piles on extra features for gamers. Like the rest of the Meka series, the G-Unit uses black Cherry key switches. The standard layout is complemented by a dozen dedicated macro keys, and you can assign macros to an additional eight keys. 64KB of built-in memory stores macro data for three profiles, providing quite a lot of customization potential.

Although backlighting is included, it seems to be restricted to three regions of the keyboard: the WASD cluster, the spacebar, and the numpad. I suppose that’ll do for gamers, and it should be enough lighting to find the home row when typing in the dark. I’m surprised there’s no option to light up the whole keyboard, though.

As one might expect, the G-Unit has anti-ghosting tech, a wicked-fast polling rate, and an integrated USB hub. The Windows key can be disabled with the touch of a button, and Thermaltake even throws in a set of media-specific hotkeys. Both the palm rest and the USB cord are detachable, as well.

The G-Unit isn’t available for sale just yet, but count on it costing more than the Meka G1, which has fewer features and runs $110 online. This looks like an interesting alternative to the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate we reviewed last month.

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    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 8 years ago

    USB cord is detachable? Does this mean it works wirelessly as well? If so, the weird backlighting scheme makes a little more sense to improve battery life. Still odd that it won’t turn everything on when powered via cord.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    Sorry, I rather have my Unicomp 104 Customerizer. (Modern version of Model M)

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    You know, even though Razer products have almost no longevity, you have to give them the whole design thing. They got it down pat and everyone is looking to rip them off at every turn and for good reason; their products look awesome.

    • Dashak
    • 8 years ago

    I play games, so I guess I’m a gamer, but the only way you’ll get me to buy products with LEDs is at gunpoint.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      LED torches are great.

      • sirsoffrito
      • 8 years ago

      Really? All of my friends are jealous of my led backlit keyboard, even the ones that aren’t gamers. To each their own I suppose. Just curious as to what you find so offensive about them.

      • willyolio
      • 8 years ago

      i guess your next PC won’t have a power button…

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    $110+ and it has only limited backlighting? Wow, way to cheap out. So close… yet so far away.

    • grantmeaname
    • 8 years ago

    As if you couldn’t find the spacebar…

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Somepeoplehavetroublewiththat

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I was totally sold on this keyboard till I saw their stupid back lighting options.

    I have my black widow ultimate and love it so far, but I’m always looking for more options. sadly this won’t qualify as one of them.

      • squeeb
      • 8 years ago

      Yea, should have lit the whole board.

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