Saitek Eclipse II (2) USB Gamers Keyboard
Published: 13th October 2006 | Source: Saitek | Price: |Testing
As there no quantitive measures of a keyboards performance, you will have to rely on my judgement.
I have several keyboard that I have compared the Eclipse II to:
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard
Microsoft Internet Keyboard
Dell Standard USB Keyboard
Logitech G15 Keyboard
Apple Pro Keyboard
I used the following environments for testing:
Using Counter Strike: Source and Quake 4 Multiplayer I tested how the keyboards felt during gaming.
I have used the keyboards for writing up several reviews and other longer periods of typing. This will show how easy and comfortable the keyboard is to type with.
I watched a DVD and listened to some music to see if the extended functions of the keyboard actually worked.
Results - Gaming
The main contenders here were the G15, the Eclipse and the Eclipse II. The other keyboards were just not as easy to use in gaming.
The Eclipse I and II are both extremely competent gaming keyboards. The soft-touch of the keys and the quick response time whilst gaming means that you frag easier. The G15 does not have quite as nice response on the keys (in my opinion) but the difference is minimal. The Logitech's assignable keys are good to have there whilst gaming, but you can do without them.
The Logitech wins here on features whilst the Eclipse and Eclipse II win on key touch.
Results - Extended Typing
I found that the Saitek Eclipse and Saitek Eclipse II were ahead in this test. The soft touch of the keys and more standard keyboard layout, along with the wrist rest meant that the Saitek keyboards were excellent and kept the RSI at bay.
The Microsoft Internet Keyboard, Eclipse II and the Logitech G15 were the main contenders here. The logitech is certainly very useful with the LCD display and the media keys on the Saitek came in very handy whilst playing back a DVD and music. I considered these to be a bit of a gimmick, but they do work well and I will use them from now onwards.
Overall View - Performance Saitek Eclipse II
The Eclipse II was on top, or a very close second place in all of the tests I put it through. This says something as it was facing some very good keyboards.
The touch of the keys is soft without being over-soft. They are positive and not "clacky" - something I am not keen on in a keyboard. Typing is incredibly comfortable and response times in games is excellent.
For gamers the Saitek Eclipse II really is at the top of the bunch - up there with the G15 from Logitech.