Saitek Eclipse keyboard – brief review

I went out and bought the Saitek Eclipse keyboard today, to replace my Logitech UltraX keyboard. In a keyboard, I want a few things:

  • Full, standard layout, no silly rearrangement of PgUp/Dn, Del, Ins, Home, End etc
  • A standard Enter key
  • Few if any “media buttons”
  • Comfortable typing
  • Silence
  • Finally, because this is used with a laptop, an USB connector

It turns out finding a keyboard that matches these specs wasn’t that easy. The UltraX has a brilliant key layout, but it’s so thin – the key travel is almost non-existant. Like a laptop keyboard, only less sensitive and more noisy.

Most “standard” keyboards are both cheap and decent, but they normally feature PS/2 connectors, and the PS/2 -> USB converter is an expensive piece of kit (about 400 NOK or 60$). Thus, I was stuck with a selection of “media keyboards” with an abundance of extra buttons and weird key placement.

Eventually I decided to go for the Eclipse. It’s got a good key layout, the only extra buttons are increase/decrease volume, mute, and light setting. It’s got a blue backlight, which looks OK and… shocker coming up here: Enables you to type in the dark. Even if you don’t know your way around your keyboard without looking at it ;) Fortunately, the light setting button can turn off the light or dim it, which is very handy.

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Key travel and sensitivity is nice. The space button is larger than normal, but that is no hindrance. The wrist rest is adjustable – it can be extended towards you. I found this immediately useful.

To conclude, after using it for a short while, I like this keyboard. However, if you can live with PS/2 and all you need is a decent keyboard, it’s obviously just as good to go with a good OEM type standard keyboard. If you do need the USB connector, find backlighting a nice feature, want a quality keyboard without a billion extra buttons you never use and think spending ~500 NOK (roughly 50$ I believe) is OK, this could be for you.

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4 Responses to “Saitek Eclipse keyboard – brief review”

  1. Nick Says:

    Bro, that is one ugly arse keyboard. It must way a fair bit more compared to a light standard keyboard aswell.

    I got a MS multimedia wireless keyboard I got for Christmas. It weighs so much (in terms of keyboards) that you wouldn’t bother carrying/moving it anywhere, even if it is wireless. People don’t tend to move there keyboards far from their PCs anyway, so a wireless kb is pretty pointless.

    The box did say it worked up to 6 feet away and through walls. First off, it’s being sold in Australia so it should say about 2 metres (not 6 feet) so that people can understand, plus there is no point in using through a wall, because you won’t be able to see what your doing in the first place :P

  2. Nick Says:

    Oh and I also forgot to mention that it looks like some form of Klingon wall decoration :P

  3. Are Says:

    Hi there Nick :)
    Well, I can agree that this isn’t particularly beautiful. It does grow on me though. And what’s wrong with Klingon artwork? ;)

    The keyboard isn’t particularly heavy in my estimation. It’s not a big issue for me anyway, I don’t often move around with it.

    I forgot one thing on my “keyboard requirements”-list – keyboards should have a wire. All my experiences with wireless peripherals have been negative. As long as it stays close to the computer anyway, wireless isn’t a big issue, as you point out.

    One of the guys I share an apartment with has two Logitech MX1000 wireless mice and a keyboard from the same series. He’s not able to get a reliable reception even 2-3 metres away – these should have ~10 metres. Wireless is just too unpredicatable at times (which is really unfortunate – my ‘net connection relies on 802.11g).

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