They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. iBUYPOWER’s newly released MEK Mechanical Gaming Keyboard can be easily mistaken for Gamdias’ HERMES LITE. The two are practically identical save for the branding. They even share the same HERA software for customizing profiles and red LED backlighting. So, how should you decide whether to go with GAMDIAS’ Zeus seal or iBUYPOWER’s fiery tiger? It likely comes down to whether you’re buying the product solo, or in combination with a new PC build.
iBUYPOWER has recently launched an entire line of gaming peripherals, including keyboards, mice and even T-shirts. Instead of paying extra for name brands when bundling peripherals with your new PC build, iBUYPOWER now offers their own extras at a much more aggressive pricing. Depending on the sale, both mice and keyboards are oftentimes included free. Even if you are purchasing the keyboard separately, $54 is a very low asking price for such a solid piece of tech.
It’s hard to discuss MEK’s specifications and performance without sounding like a broken record. If you look at my HERMES LITE review, you can basically replace Gamdias’ branding with iBUYPOWER’s MEK. Nevertheless, this is a great mechanical keyboard that provides stellar performance without any of the bells and whistles of the higher-end models.
"Technically, it’s the same piece of hardware I reviewed only a few weeks ago, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing."
The MEK is sleekly designed, boasting an attractive red and black color combo. The illuminated LED keys are adjustable between five different illumination levels. The MEK comes with 256K of built-in memory that stores up to six game profiles, and the entire keyboard weighs a solid 1.14kg (2.51lb). You’ve got your standard 1000 Hz max polling rate, as well as 21-Key rollover anti-ghosting. Some may say that the high Hz on a keyboard is nothing more than a marketing gimmick due to built-in delay on key strokes, but the MEK proves that a higher Hz does in fact impact typing and gaming.
It notably decreases latency in competitive gaming, and the benefits are quite prevalent when playing twitch shooters. Try playing Meat Boy with a polling rate of 125HZ, and then switch to 1000 Hz. I guarantee the difference is noticeable, if not drastic. On the contrary, and extremely high polling rate makes typing somewhat challenging due to increased sensitivity. It’s too easy to double and triple space between characters, so I recommend keeping the setting down for everyday use.
Overall, the MEK is a great keyboard for gaming and everyday use, and it’s a great choice for those seeking a quality product at a low price. Technically, it’s the same piece of hardware I reviewed only a few weeks ago, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re purchasing a custom PC build via iBUYPOWER’s site, this is the best choice when adding extra peripherals. I only hope iBUYPOWER takes personalization a step further when they release their next line of gaming peripherals. The MEK does nothing to differentiate itself from Gamdias’ HERMES LITE, and it would be nice to see some features that set the two apart.
Review by: Tin Salamunic