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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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
Excerpt: Keyboards are probably one of the most understated peripherals available on the computing market. Does a keyboard really make any difference to your performance on a PC? Well here at Tech-Reviews I’ve been given the Saitek Eclipse 2 to review. Let’s see if it can.