Packaging and Accessories
The MEKA G1 keyboard came in a very durable, thick cardboard box. The keyboard was separated from the cables it came with by a segment in the box as well as the detachable wrist rest, and each was wrapped in a foam cover. The keyboard also comes with a simple little manual detailing the use of the keyboard as well as the warranty information. There is no software included with this keyboard due to its own design. We will detail later about why it doesn’t need any software.
The Dasher came in a very simple box with a little window to show the mousepad inside. It comes rolled up in a drawstring carrying case and with a Velcro tie holding it shut.Design and Construction
The first thing that becomes apparent is the thickness and sturdiness of the cable that comes out of the keyboard. It is extremely heavy duty and covered in a type of cable wrap that protects it well, but the actual cabling inside is malleable and not too stiff.
The cable splits into 4 connectors: a male microphone connector, a male headphone connector, and two male USB connectors, one of which has a USB to PS/2 adapter attached. The reason for this becomes apparent when you look at the jacks included on the keyboard. It has an input for headphones, a microphone, and two USB ports.
Most keyboards which include these jacks only have one connector to the actual PC; a single USB connector. In those cases, the keyboard is dependent on USB drivers to handle the headphone jack and microphone jack properly. Also, USB ports on the keyboard are usually underpowered since both the keyboard input and the added USB device are limited to one USB connector for both power and data transfer. This often causes issues for charging devices using the USB ports on a keyboard, or transferring data from an MP3 player or flash drive.
The Keyboard itself also has a very rubberized feel to it as it has one of those coatings that prevents finger prints and feels very smooth to the touch.
As for the Dasher, once unrolled, it measures 400 x 320 x 4 mm (approximately 15.75 x 12.6 x 0.16 inches). It is a fairly large mouse pad, taking up a solid portion of the desk. Here it is for a comparison of size with a copy of Halo: Reach and a G9X gaming mouse alongside it.
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