Thermaltake is well known for their high-end enthusiast chassis (like the Level 10), power supplies and coolers but it would seem the company isn’t content with that and is making a move into the world of keyboards.  They will have two distinct lines of keyboards, one aimed at a lower price for the mainstream user and another higher-end option that is aimed at those of us that remember the days of mechanical keyboards. 

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Thermaltake is going to have several models of the “clicky” mechanical keyboards under the “Mecha” brand name.  Mechanical keyboards are really something you either love or hate but if you have seen or heard all the excitement about legacy IBM keyboards, this is a similar design.  These keyboards will take a beating and keep working for years most likely.

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This unit combines the mechanical keystroke with lighted keys at only certain, gamer-centric, locations. 

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It also has a USB hub, audio connections and a slot to the left that stores the…

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..anti-sweaty-palm fan!  No joke!  The tiny fan blows air across the keyboard to keep PC gamers hands from getting all grubby in the gaming-rig-induced heat of their rooms.  While it seems gimmicky, it was relatively slow and quiet and made a notable difference in the minute or so we were typing on it. 

These keyboards will be expensive when they are available in the July/August time frame.  Expect to pay at least $150 or so for the basic models and more for the ones with lights, etc.  However, even the much older, used and refurbished IBM-built mechanical keyboards will go for over that amount on ebay and at online resellers. 

It is an expensive item and won’t be for everyone but I know I am personally interested in trying one out for an extended test.