Review: Tt Esports Meka G Unit

Our score: 2/5
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Published: November 9, 2011 11:00 PM
Updated: November 23, 2011 1:12 PM
By Vincent Alzieu
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
TT Esports is a brand owned by Taiwanese manufacturer Thermaltake, a firm that specialises in making heatsinks, cooling systems and PC cases rather than gaming accessories like top gamer brands such as Razer.

And yet, the Meka G Unit looks like it could be the ultimate gaming companion, as with backlit keys, a polling rate of 1000 Hz, 60 macro buttons and big mechanical keys, it could have everything gamers need, including a reasonable price tag!

This Meka G Unit keyboard certainly has some great features. For starters, it's sturdy and solid, and the product has a rough, textured finish which we rather liked. Plus, you can switch between three user profiles when gaming, each with 12 macro keys, and there's a two-port USB hub and a headphones socket built-in. However, that doesn't mean that this keyboard is without fault.


Backlit keys ... but just four of them!

Although this keyboard may boast a backlighting system, only four keys are actually backlit! In fact, if you look closely, the packaging advertises 'Gaming LED Backlight' which apparently means that only the 'gaming' keys (W-A-S-D) are backlit. The only other light-up parts of this keyboard are the little diodes that show you when Caps Lock and Num Lock are on or off. We can't really see the point of limiting the backlighting to just four keys—it could at least have been extended to the profile and macro keys too!

The thing that surprised us the most about this keyboard, which has the look and functions of a model designed for gamers, was that it's wired up like a regular office keyboard. Like the Roccat Isku, this keyboard logs sequential commands. For example, if you hold down the S and Q keys you'll get SQQQQQQQQ (or QSSSSSSSSSSS) at a rate of 30 characters per second, instead of SQSQSQSQSQSQS at over 60 characters per second.


Left: S+Q on the TT Esport Meka G Unit. Right: S+Q on a SteelSeries keyboard

As is all too often the case in this type of product, the keys are way too noisy. In fact, the Space bar probably holds some kind of record for the loudest, most bouncy springing noises we've heard yet. Anyone in the same room as you and your computer certainly won't appreciate that, and we can't help but think that the manufacturer could have made a bit more of an effort.

Headphones and Microphone Sockets

This keyboard has got to have the worst audio input/output that we've ever put to the test in our sound lab, and we hope that we don't see anything worse for a long time to come!

Distortion reaches levels we didn't think were possible. In fact, we were first of all flabbergasted to see what we thought was no distortion at all ... but on closer inspection we realised that the line on the graph was actually hiding way up out of the usual distortion window (from 0 to 10%) we examine. The average THD is 35% and peaks at 60%, and when you consider that distortion becomes audible from 1%, that's really quite a lot. Another surprise was that there's a lot of crosstalk, which interferes with the stereo effect considerably. Finally, although it's nothing compared with what we've just seen, the frequency response is pretty disastrous at the outer ends of the spectrum and the output power is just ridiculous (over 2 V).


To some up, at the very best the microphone entry does about as good a job as a very basic phone (the signal cuts out beyond 8000 Hz rather than 20 kHz), and the headphones out will give a saturated, aggressive sound that's so powerful it could hurt your ears.

As you've probably already guessed, we wouldn't recommend you use these sockets!
2/5 Tt Esports Meka G Unit DigitalVersus 2011-11-10 00:00:00

Pros

  • Heavy, won't budge a bit on your desk
  • Solid build
  • Two-port USB hub and audio in/out for VERY occasional use.

Cons

  • Not much backlighting
  • Audio in/out very bad quality!
  • Noisy keys
  • No high-frequency alternate character keying like genuine gaming keyboards

Conclusion

The only advantage of the Meka G Unit is its super-sturdy design. Otherwise, it's a disappointment all round. Superficial features are all fine, but dig a bit deeper and you'll find a bit of a slapdash product.

OUR SCORE 2/5
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