Summary: If all you want is a backlit keyboard, Saitek's Eclipse II does that very well. We wish that Saitek had also refined the key feel and added a few other features. Aside from lighting up, it doesn't offer gamers much to get excited about.
Pros: Lower price compared to that of other backlit keyboards; three LED color options; easy setup.
Cons: No additional keys or customization software; keys feel cramped and mushy; not as fully featured as the competition.
Summary: The Saitek Eclipse II Gaming Keyboard is a very well built, back-light keyboard without a lot of fancy extras. You will not find any head phone jacks or USB ports and it also lacks programmable buttons and therefore any software to program them. So there is not a lot to be gained from spending around 40 € on this keyboard besides the back-light, comfort and silent use.
Pros: Great choice of lighting, Very good build quality, Silent keys, Just a tad bigger than usual keyboards, Good adjustable size and height., Solid grip on surface, Back-light looks great for LAN parties
Cons: No headphone/speaker or USB plugs for LAN party use, Angle of light makes it hard to read with the back-light, No CD or special programmable buttons., Manual not the easiest read
Summary: I have always loved the feel of the Eclipse Keyboards I’ve reviewed over the years. Quiet, responsive keys – the layout is always comfortable, I can’t find much that I don’t like. My only beef with this product would be the amount of light put out. Purple was the brightest, red and blue weren’t as bright as I’d like to see. I had been using a Logitech G15 and the blue backlighting was quite a bit brighter.
Excerpt: This isn't the first illuminated keyboard I have reviewed here on Tweaknews.net and it probably won't be the last. But one thing I know is that all of them will have to be compared to the Eclipse II to prove whether they are worth buying. Although it isn't cordless, in my mind it is the nicest keyboard I have reviewed here in the main testing lab.
Excerpt: The Good Adjustable backlight in 3 colors. Removable wrist rest. Number keypad. The Bad Keys spaced far apart. Huge keyboard. Backlight shines too brightly through keys. When my PowerBook G4 keyboard, barely a year old, started popping keys and sticking, I sought an external keyboard to use, until I have time to send my machine to Apple for repair. The Saitek Industries Eclipse II Backlit Keyboard looked like a good solution.
Pros: Adjustable backlight in 3 colors. Removable wrist rest. Number keypad.
Cons: Keys spaced far apart. Huge keyboard. Backlight shines too brightly through keys.
Conclusion: One of the more important things for me is the layout of the keyboard. As mentioned before, the Eclipse II has gone back to the familiar 104 key setup. My old cheap keyboard which I was using prior to buying the original Eclipse, has seen its share of years and it's starting to look a little ragged and dirty. It's time to retire this keyboard to the guest computer, I can't have someone coming over to play games having a better keyboard than I do!
Pros: Three backlight color choices, Dimmer switch for adjusting brightness, Keys are responsive and have a good, solid feel
Cons: Illumination not as bright as previous version, Purple color inconsistent (reddish side lighting), Media keys are not laser etched
Input device has fun backlighting as well as solid performance
Consumer Electronics Net
9 October 2006
Excerpt: The Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard is a follow-on to the company's first Eclipse Illuminated Keyboard, which had a few shortcomings. However, unlike many sequels, this one's much-improved over its predecessor, with new features and significant quality enhancements. We've been banging on the keyboard for the better part of a week, teasing out its strengths and weaknesses. Our first impression of the keyboard is that it's just downright heavy.
Conclusion: The Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard is very nice. Except for some design issues, I have nothing but good things to say. One can only hope that in the next revision that they will add some of those features that I mentioned above, and make it even better. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone who simply wants to enjoy using their computer, even in the dark.
Excerpt: and was more or less left unsatisfied. The keyboard was big and the keys were too compact. The G15 is a fully featured keyboard with backlit keys, and LCD Display and macro functions, but it wasn't for me.
Pros: Amazing keys, 3 Adjustable Backlight colors, Media controls work out of the box