Six Peripherals From Tt eSports, Tested And Reviewed

Tt eSports Meka G1 Prime: Hands-On Review

A Quick Look (And Feel)

A red body, black keys, and some pink accents; that's the Meka G1 Prime in a nutshell. And yes, you read that correctly: there are pink keys. Even before we question Tt eSports' color choice, the decision to use it on the F-keys, Enter, Shift, Alt, and Ctrl over WASD is perplexing.


Keyboard from the front, palm rest not attached

Same view from the back

Speaking of this keyboard's looks, the shiny red body certainly turns heads. But it also attracts fingerprints. The same goes for the Meka G1 Prime's palm rest. When you get up at the end of the day, expect a full accounting of where your hands have been.

The palm rest's attachment reflects a common flaw of the iOne keyboards. Once the X-Armor's palm rest was pushed into place, it couldn't be removed without breaking the small, tight peg fasteners holding it. The Meka G1 has the opposite problem. The keyboard and palm rest have to be picked up together or the latter will fall off due to its own weight. A somewhat more stable solution would’ve been nice.

The Meka G1 Prime's feet can be folded out in two steps, just like the iOne keyboards, pushing the newer model off of its rubber pads that'd keep the board securely in place otherwise.

A stiff braided cable also stays true to the iOne tradition. It bundles three different cable types, with one for the keyboard itself, the USB 2.0 hub, and HD Audio I/O (headphones and microphone). The iOne keyboards offer PS/2 or USB connectivity, while Tt eSports' Meka G1 Prime switches this up to USB with a PS/2 adapter for n-key rollover. It's a good decision that covers the company's bases; not all PCs include a PS/2 port these days.

The USB and audio connectors can be found on the back of the keyboard, to the right side. Tt eSports only gives you 1.55 m of cable on its Meka G1 Prime, measured from where it exits the keyboard to where it enters the plug. Our common desk height of 70 cm, coupled with the desk depth of 60 cm, poses a significant and annoying problem. Other iOne products offer more generous cable lengths, which work a lot better.

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  • wiinippongamer
    Unnecesarily hideous looking crap
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  • namtrooper
    Aimed at the teenage crowd
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  • FormatC
    Right... ;)
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  • Metalrenok
    Wouldn't even bother to buy these :s
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  • Divyanshu Sah
    Truly nice products . Worth the purchase .
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  • therogerwilco
    The colors are no good. The hardware looks like all the other hardware available.
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  • g-unit1111
    No Level 10 products? I have the Level 10 Mouse and it's one of the best I've ever used.
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  • Yuka
    Lackluster features... Specially the headphones. Why invest in LEDs instead of using better speakers?!

    Makes no friggin' sense to me. Who is calling the shots for the quality and features of these pieces of crap?

    Cheers!
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  • FormatC
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    No Level 10 products? I have the Level 10 Mouse and it's one of the best I've ever used.


    I've tested it long times ago and I'm using both by myself :)

    Level 10 Mouse:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/level-10-m-mouse-review,3298.html

    Level 10 Headset:
    http://www.tomshardware.de/thermaltake-level-10m-headset-bmw-design-usa-review,testberichte-241398.html
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  • Zorgon
    "Even before we question Tt eSports' color choice, the decision to use it on the F-keys, Enter, Shift, Alt, and Ctrl over WASD is perplexing."

    Perhaps you should do some research on who the target market is for this keyboard. I didn't see a single mention of the Prime *TEAM* anywhere in your review of the G1, rather you just kept calling it "The Prime". I mean, it even shows them on the box.
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  • chumly
    Nice stuff, why so ugly?
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  • g-unit1111
    Anonymous said:
    Quote:
    No Level 10 products? I have the Level 10 Mouse and it's one of the best I've ever used.


    I've tested it long times ago and I'm using both by myself :)

    Level 10 Mouse:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/level-10-m-mouse-review,3298.html

    Level 10 Headset:
    http://www.tomshardware.de/thermaltake-level-10m-headset-bmw-design-usa-review,testberichte-241398.html


    Yeah I really like that mouse, I got one for my laptop, and I play a bunch of strategy games (and especially Civ V), and it makes playing so much easier.
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  • vaughn2k
    Pure Aesthetics though.. ;)
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  • Take_Out
    The 3.5mm Headset cable attachment to the headset is a great idea, now when I get up to go get a drink an forget to take off the headset, the 3.5mm connector will detach instead of the solder joints on the inside of the headset.
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  • anbello262
    Although I certainly didn't like the products myself, I was left with a bit of a feeling that the Editor REALLY didn't like them, but tried to be as objective as possible... Still, the feeling of "hate" towards those items can be felt in his writing (or he was justn in a grumpy mood =P)
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  • priomas
    Thermaltake products are just overpriced with poor after-sale service. For gaming mouse, I would rather buy Logitech or Steelseries (though I still like razr for their ergonomics)... For gaming keyboard... I would rather go for any of Corsair, CM storm, Steelseries, Filco or Rosewill.
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  • priomas
    Thermaltake products are just overpriced and their after-sale service is very poor. For gaming mouse, I would rather buy Logitech or Steelseries (though I still like razr for their ergonomics)... For gaming keyboard, I would rather go for any of Corsair, CM storm, Steelseries, Filco or Rosewill.
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