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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
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Product Description

Product Description

Our award-winning keyboard design just got better! The Eclipse PC keyboard features patented TrueVu key illumination for use in any light, from day to total darkness. 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 Plug’n’Play design with USB connector. Compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions); 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. System Requirement: Connectivity: USB 2.0; Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions) Windows 7

From the Manufacturer

Our award-winning keyboard design just got better! The Eclipse PC keyboard features patented TrueVu key illumination for use in any light, from day to total darkness.

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 Plug’n’Play 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.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 19.5 x 9 x 1.1 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
ASIN B0007TJ7TE
Item model number PZ30AU
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4.3 out of 5 stars 301 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #387 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Game Hardware > PC Game Hardware > Gaming Keyboards
#389 in Video Games > More Systems > PlayStation 2 > Accessories
#1,749 in Video Games > Accessories > More Systems
Date first available at Amazon.com February 16, 2005

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Aside from a few volume and brightness control keys above the number pad, the Saitek Eclipse has a standard 104 keyboard layout. No fancy swoops, loops, or "enhanced" layouts. Except for the space bar being fatter, and the function keys being shorter, all keys are the proper size in the proper place with no frills. That is EXACTLY how you want it to be!

"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!
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I decided to own this keyboard for a few weeks before writing my review.

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.
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I've had mine for 5 months now and initially was an excellent keyboard no problem with it, but after time keys with frequent use began sticking. The problem is the rubber dome switch pad under the keys is not up to standard of gaming use (i.e. constant fast and hard repetitive pushing and holding down for long periods of time) and eventually tears the dome causing keys to stay down and engaged. It's a good keyboard for basic users but calling it a gaming keyboard is a joke.
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I'm very sad to report that I had to return this otherwise excellent keyboard, because on certain combination of key strokes it stops detecting subsequent keys strokes.

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.
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I purchased and returned the previous Saitek "illuminated keyboard". The main problem was that the illumination was behind the keys and the letters themselves were not transparent. Not only could you not see the letters in the dark, in the fading afternoon light you actually had better visibility with my old cruddy black with white letter keyboard. Very cool looking but not terribly useful. An addition appears to be the volume control which is just a gee whiz not an essential and gone is the standalone number pad. Another cool idea for recording macros and extra command strings for games but just not the easiest thing for me too use. The key board is already very wide and to ask for more room on my already crowded keyboard tray was not happening. Most of the performance mouse surfaces already take up a ton of space (remember this was supposed to be a gaming keyboard so performance mousing is a consideration) and placing this somewhere other than the tray made it WAY too slow for first person shooter type games. If you have to look at the keys, you're already dead. One problem here is the price in the store. The Amazon price is not outrageous so that's my suggestion. In summary this keyboard drops the non useful items and picks up the most important (see through keys!). Check your desk space though as it is very wide and not as tall as a normal board. Shallow trays = yes. Narrow trays = no good. This makes it look even "cooler" but it kept me from a 5 star rating along with the keys that like to pick up and show finger grease.
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