Product Type: Saitek keyboards
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Great Keyboard, a Little Pricey
Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard
Member Name: EdgySurveys
Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard
Advantages: Illuminate keys and brightness control, media buttons, soft keys and solid build.
Disadvantages: Useless detatchable rest (it's just irritating) and a little high on price.
Around one year ago, when I was shopping for a new PC, I was on the look for a nice keyboard separately. As, I bought just the PC unit alone, to get the most out of that for the price (MESH), then I already had a monitor and then I bought a mouse, keyboard and speakers all separate.
I did this as generally speaking, with technology revolving PC's... I wouldn't bank on getting the best of the best from a single company. Most specialize in certain sectors for a reason. Some specialize in display and graphics, hence, monitors are to be best bought from them. Others specialize in sound, so get speakers from them, and others specialize in reliable PC functioning, such as MESH.
Then you have a company like Saitek, which is a rather niche brand and known to provide excellent gaming keyboards with illuminate keys. I myself am not an avid gamer, though I was an obsessive one as a young teen but, on the Playstation and PS2.
Anyway, my friend recommended this keyboard to me and I only just managed to get it as most places were out of stock, as it appears this is a rather popular choice. I paid around £40 for it which, is a little pricey, as I've seen others here say. It's certainly not the most expensive and, to be honest, I'd rather pay a little bit more if I'm getting quality anyway.
So is it worth it? well if it were totally worth it I doubt I'd of said it's a 'little pricey'. So all in all probably not. It is however a very nice keyboard and the best feature for me is the illuminate keys. This feature comes in handy at night when I'm surfing uh... shopping (cough) websites and need to see things in the dark. Wink.
The keys are fairly soft and make for very comfortable typing and there's media buttons (play, stop, volume) on the keyboard as well. Oh, and there's even a little 'dimmer' knob to turn the light up and down on the keys which is a nice addition, as you can control the brightness exactly. It's probably this feature which justifies the price in Saitek's mind to be honest. There's also three different colours (blue, red and purple) that you can choose from for your keys.
All in all, this is a great keyboard with a solid build.
Summary: Overall if you can get this keyboard around £35, I'd say it's a good buy.
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