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Up until 5 years ago the only keyboards you'd find on my two desks featured the standard membrane technology for the keys (rubber dome) and since 1989 when i got my first personal computer i must have changed at least 10 of them not because they stopped working out of the blue but because of many other reasons. That suddenly changed with the increasing flow of keyboards featuring mechanical switches (Cherry MX keys) into the market by most of the leading gaming peripheral manufacturers. Certainly mechanical keyboards are not something new and as a matter of fact they've been around for quite some time but it wasn't until quite recently that most manufacturers figured out they could also pitch them to the general public (gamers especially). Today we'll be taking a thorough look at what seems to be a very basic gaming mechanical keyboard at first glance the MEKA G-1 Illuminated by Tt eSPORTS.
“Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. We do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success. Thermaltake has been a well-known brand in the gaming & DIY market for PC Chassis, Coolers and Power Supplies PSU for many years. The brand personality of unique, aggressive, vivid and stylish makes Thermaltake an expert in creating exciting things and fascinating environment for gamers and enthusiasts. Tt eSPORTS inherited the brand personality with unique and creative design by observing users’ behaviors and requirements. The fan cooling design on Tt eSPORTS Challenger keyboard demonstrate the brand spirit. It is the worldwide first keyboard with fan cooling function that could dry your hand sweats and blow tension away during cut-throat competition.
Tt eSPORTS has been making mechanical gaming keyboards almost since their introduction a few years back and that's also why at first glance the MEKA G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards seems basic. You see it has no extra macro keys, no fans for the sweating of the hands, no customization for the illumination (single color only) and last but not least it comes without control software. What it does however is cherry MX black switches/keys (certified for up to 50 million keystrokes), anti-ghosting, a very sturdy industrial-grade construction, 1.5m long military-grade braided cable (like nothing we've seen from the competition), 2 USB ports, headphones and microphone audio jacks and a 4 zone illumination which is yet another feature we don't get to see a lot (if at all) with similar solutions. The only real question is whether or not these features are enough to attract consumers so let's find out.