Saitek Eclipse II (2) USB Gamers Keyboard
The Keyboard - A closer look
Saitek Eclipse II - A close-up
The Eclipse II is a slight departure from the design of the original Eclipse. With a silver fascia and black keys the design is perhaps more striking than the old keyboard.
As you can see the rest is also colour co-ordinated and clips onto the keyboard. This is adjustable and can be set close to the keyboard, or a slight distance away.
Saitek have opted to keep the corner rests on the keyboard. These give it stability and are a nice contrast at each corner to the silver finish.
The keyboard has a standard QWERTY layout and the keys have a slight "dappling" effect on them. This helps with grips whilst gaming and enhances touch. You can also see that the black surround for the keys is quite shiny, and unfortunately easily picks up dust.
These pictures show how the backlights show up in the light. The dimmer is a pretty nifty feature of the keyboard and allows you to turn it down or off if you fancy.
The keyboard has media buttons: play/pause/forward/back/stop. Also included is a volume up and down key. The key on the right in the second row changes the colours of the keys.
Let's take a look at those keys in the dark!
All three colours are very easily seen in pitch black. I will say that the blue backlight is quite a lot less bright than on the Eclipse, but is still easily seen in the dark. The keys are cut in such a way that the backlight really lets you see enough the letters if typing in the dark. Perfect for gaming at a LAN or late at night!
The purple backlight is the brightest, possible as it is closest to white light. Note that the backlight is even across the whole keyboard and not highlighted more in one area than others.
For some added "bling" Saitek have included a clear section where the light omits from the side of the keyboard.
This gives the keyboard an extra "wow" factor when it's on your desk - once again it will certainly make you stand out at a LAN.
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