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Saitek PK02AU Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
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- Backlighting through laser-etched keys
- Adjustable angle and wrist rest
- Variable backlighting adjusts through dimmer mechanism
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True-vu key illumination in 3 colors blue red & purple 104-key keyboard features patented blue led key illumination & backlighting zero-slope design & adjustable wrist rest for ergonomic comfort features plug-&-play design with usb connector variable lighting levels compatible with windows 98/se/me/2000/xp silver & black finish features black keys with laser-cut lettering.
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The Saitek Eclipse II keyboard builds on the success of the backlit Eclipse and Gaming keyboards, now offering a choice of colors purple, red and blue selectable by the user and adjustable via a dimmer mechanism. The key characters and keypad illuminate making the Eclipse II keyboard ideal for use in any lighting environment.
Solidly constructed from high quality materials including a stylish silver casing, the Eclipse IIs weighted base and large area rubber feet keep it firmly planted to the desk, while cushioned, silent keys mean hours of fatigue-free use.
- Key characters and keypad illuminate through laser-etched keys
- Media keys for volume control, play/pause and skip tracks
- Variable backlighting adjusts through dimmer mechanism
- Angle adjustment and extendable wrist rest for maximum comfort to suit the way you type
- Weighted base with large area rubber feet to keep keyboard securely planted to the desk
- Quiet, cushioned keys for hours of stress-free use
- Familiar 104 key layout
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As a writer I appreciate the "action" of this keyboard. Wrote my first published play with this thing. (If you want a short and really funny play, look for ROUND TUIT. I promise you'll laugh.)
Many have commented on worn keys after heavy use. My C and left SHIFT keys have worn a bit but I know who they are so no problem. And let's add some perspective here. One of the iconic typewriters of the Twentieth Century was the IBM Selectric. I spent "many happy hours" on various Selectrics. I've seen plenty of keys that had no labeling left. I would say this Saitek keyboard is holding up as well as the keys on an IBM Selectric. Put another way, if you use this enough to wear off the labels, you should celebrate. It's proof you put in the hours.
I particularly like the red backlighting when I wake up with a story idea and jump on the computer in a dark room. Some of my best writing was helped along with that red light. Darn fine keyboard.
Quality/Feel: The first thing you notice when you take the Saitek Eclipse II out of the box is that it's fairly heavy which when it comes to keyboards is a GOOD thing. It keeps it planted to the desk and doesn't bounce when you're typing. Everything about the Eclipse exudes quality from the finish, to the weight, to the rubber padding at the back.
Wear and Tear over time: So far going 4 year strong only a few keys are rubbing and slightly. The lettering is untouched, only the shift and the chrome finish around the bottom is starting to show some swirls. Look at my pictures to get a better idea.
Key Feedback: The key feedback on this is great, smooth, and not mushy at all. It's the closest you can get to a mechanical keyboard without spending a ton of money on one.
Cleaning Ability: Every year I like to take apart my keyboards, clean each and every key and remove all the little bits that fall behind them. This does that excellently and the keys are made for this.
Backlight: One of the features I purchased this for was the backlight so that I can utilize the keyboard in the dark without needing to turn on the light in my room. Usually the monitors lighting with the keyboard is more than enough lighting for me. This keyboard has 3 colors: Blue, Red, and Purple. All of which are bright enough to use even in daylight as shown in the pics. Also there is a dial to change backlight brightness a major +.
In short: If you ever find one of these make sure to purchase one, they don't make them anymore. They were acquired by madcatz and I don't believe they put this specific model out in their lineup. Amazing keyboard worth every penny!
While I loved the media features and the backlight dimmer knob, because of the backlight, you can see the gunk that builds up inside, and at least for me that drives me nuts. Trying to clean it is a hassle, namely because any button bigger than the Tab or Ctrl buttons have small bars in them that I guess help stabilize the keys - but once they come out they're a pain to put back in. It shouldn't be that hard, esp. when the other buttons just pop out easily.
Finally, the entire unit just feels cheaply made after a while; the wrist rest on both of the ones I have owned cracked within a few weeks, and the rest of the unit has fallen apart similarly. But for such a cheaply-made keyboard, the prices some people ask for USED units is extravagant; I've seen them as high as $300+!! This is ridiculous.
Not going to buy a new one - despite how much I love it, apparently the Saitek drivers clash with some of the software (namely games) that I use, and thus there's no point in getting a third one that'll break.
NOTE ON PHOTO(S): some of the keys are missing because I kept hitting the Windows key and getting sent to Desktop when I didn't want to in the middle of most games, and because there was an additional key that pulled down a menu that was entirely useless to me. Also they're dusty because I haven't used the keyboard in a long time, and still deciding whether to toss it out or not.