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Saitek Eclipse Keyboard ( PZ30AU )
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- Designed for applications where low light conditions prevent accurate use of a normal keyboard
- Volume buttons and Bright/Dim/Off selector to control LED backlighting
- TruVu keys that allow the lighting to glow through each laser-etched key
- Feet angle adjustment for maximum comfort and productivity
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions)
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- Brand Name: Mad Catz
- Model Number: PZ30AU
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
- Hardware Platform: Pc
From the Manufacturer
True-Vu key illumination through the keys! The Eclipse 104-key keyboard features patented Blue LED key illumination and backlighting, Zero-Slope design and adjustable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort. It is a PlugnPlay design with USB connector. Compatible with Windows 98, SE, ME, 2000 and XP.
- Three lighting levels: High / Low / Off
- Volume control / Mute
- Adjustable keyboard angle
- Adjustable wrist rest
- Black finish and silver keys with laser-cut lettering.
Top Customer Reviews
"Ergonomic" devices often tend to look futuristic, and have exaggerated design accents. But in the end, they don't interface well with human hands, and are mostly marketing gimmicks. Like most people, the last truly ergonomic thing you used was the finger molded handlebar grips on your tricycle.
The casing design does have some fancy swooping in the corners, with a molded-to-fit wrist rest. This "modular "X" form" absolutely does NOT interfere with function of the keyboard, and only enhances its' black and silver charm. Extreme enough for gamers, high-tech enough for enthusiasts, yet practical enough for serious work. The wrist rest is sleek and tapers down, but it wasn't very functional. I am happier with my black silicone one.
Even though the Eclipse is heralded for the stylish design, typing comfort, and hefty weight to prevent sliding, that is not enough to have the average person spend 50 bucks on a keyboard. Trust me, unless you prefer the joyful chuckle of clicking keyboards, you may not love the sleek silence without prejudice. If not, look elsewhere.
The real selling point here is, of course, the blue backlighting flowing in-between the keys and key caps. Thus giving the impression of "liquid cool" pulsing beneath your finger tips. Ahhhhh, definitely a fun keyboard to use, even without the bells and whistles. That can't be said of my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard which is being trashed!Read more ›
First, you have to understand how old my other keyboard was - it was a keyboard by Compaq that I have had since BEFORE Windows 3.1. I kept it because it did not have the Windows and Task Bar Keys built in (I have never liked those keys on my keyboard). The Compaq keyboard was built like a tank! It has held up perfectly over the years. But it was time to find something new.
I have owned the Saitek Eclipse keyboard for about a month. I am going to break this review into two parts - a keyboard for gamers and a keyboard for normal typing.
Since this keyboard is marketed towards gamers, I will address this issue first. What makes this a "gamers" keyboard is the blue glow around the keys and through the symbol on the actual key itself. However, even at the brightest setting, the glow is far from perfect. As most reviewers here have stated, it is not bright enough to see immediately. The reason I have a hard time seeing the keys is that I have a 19" LCD monitor that sits in front of the keyboard - this means the glow from the monitor is also illuminating the keys, causing the blue glow to have less of an effect. Also, not every key glows equally - there seems to be part of the plastic molding underneath the key that stops some of the blue from glowing (my delete key for example is only showing the "de" and the "te" clearly). In addition, when compared to other keyboards that claim to be for "gamers," there are no additional programmable buttons. The Logitech G15 for example comes with an entire set of additional buttons on the left side. I liked the simplicity of this keyboard, so I don't mind the lack of buttons, but from a "gamers" perspective, there might be better keyboards out there.Read more ›
For example if I press up arrow, left arrow and Ins key. They keyboard will ignore Ins key.
I had to go back to my old crappy, bulky, $19 dollar, and uncool Microsoft keyboard.
The people at Saitek told me they know of this problem and they can't do nothing about it. I just wished I had looked in the Saitek forums before purchasing this item, because a lot of people have posted the same problem.
To bad because everything form this keyboard is excellent, aside from the most basic thing, well for a gamer anyways.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this in 2005 or 2006 from a different seller. Originally used as my keyboard at home for about 4 or 5 years, then sitting in storage for about 2 years, now I use it as... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Francis Gelderloos
I bought this keyboard in 2005 from a different retailer. I'm using it right now, in 2016, and have used it DAILY for the past eleven years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric B.
Not sure how long it has been but a few years and 4 people using this pc keyboard lasted a lot longer than the paint on the e/a/s/d and space keys by a year at least lolol =P good... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shawn A. Bleicher
After about 3 years this keyboard is still going strong. It is easy for me to find the keyboard and it's key while sitting int he dark because of the led lights. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. W. Joyner
Bought this in Feb 2010 from Newegg and I am only now considering replacing it. I suspect some keys are sticking, but I am not sure (possibly left shift or ctrl). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Josh
This product is now 9 years old and is still kicking as I write this review. This Saitek product is solidly built and has taken a beating.Published 8 months ago by Gregory Roe
I searched my gmail to see when I received this keyboard from newegg and it was almost 8 years ago. The lights still work, the keys still work, but the letters are slightly smuded... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Johnny
I've been using my Eclipse since 2008 and it is still going strong. The keys are quiet and responsive. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aaron Lones