Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard Review

I did what I said and I said what I meant. I took that Lycosa keyboard back and got myself a Saitek Eclipse II.

The first thing I should say is that this keyboard is a LOT different than its predecessor the Eclipse. The keys are black with white cut outs, there are three colors in one keyboard and the keys are a lot stiffer. In fact I have been thinking about taking it back for the last few days because the keys are so stiff.

Something I really like about the keyboard though is its raised ‘media’ buttons. I hate how companies have started moving to a touch panel for functions like dimming the lights on the board or raising the volume. It is impractical and hard to use. That is why I love a good plastic button and the Eclipse II delivers on that. Granted the buttons are kind of awkward, they are buttons none the less.

The keyboard is also extremely solid. You can raise or lower the feat without having to fear that the keyboard will slide out from under your fingers. I honestly don’t know what else to say about how solid it is. I love it.

The backlighting is also a great improvement from the Eclipse. You get blue, red, and purple as your three colors to choose from. You also get a dimmer, which I found kind of useless. But the colors are nice and bright in any situation. In fact the biggest selling point of this keyboard, I believe, is how well you can see it in the dark.

I am still not a fan of the keys though. They just don’t seem to be very fast typing friendly and for this they disappoint me. Don’t get me wrong though, the keys are nice and cushioned. I am just finding it hard to push them down sometimes. I will say that they will probably wear in, but that day has not yet come. On a side note, I heard them described as big marsh mellow buttons on another site. I liked that so I thought I would share.

The bottom line is that the keyboard is kind of worth the money at 72 bucks. Saitek always delivers a solid product and they didn’t let me down with the Eclipse II…except for the stiff keys. Gaming keyboards have a long way to go, but for now the Eclipse II is probably going to be the best bang for your buck if you are in the market for some lit keys.

Good: Bright keys, three colors in one keyboard, solid structure, normal sized, no clunky drivers to install, doesn't slide on the desk

Bad: Stiff keys, useless dimmer, volume buttons aren't lit

Score: 90 / 100

- T.S. Chiko

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