Saitek Eclipse II - to buy or not

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  1. triobot

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    they are going cheaper and lowered to a reasonablish price of around £20 or something.

    To buy or not to buy?! i have the logitech eliet board and a wolf claw which is doing me quite well....

    is it a good board and are the LEDs good enough or just novelty?
     
  2. Ned Senior

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    I have an eclipse, had it about two years now not sure if it's a mk2 or not (it lights up red)
    You can easily see all the keys on it in a dark room which is good as altho' I type quite quickly I need to be looking at the keyboard to select letters rather than touch typing...
    I would say that the LED'S are NOT a gimmick as it is quite bright

    Hope this helps

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    I have had the ver1 for a few years now and I have been very happy with it.

    The ver2 is meant to be an improved version so for £20 would be a good buy imo. There are plenty of alternatives around these days so others may suugest suitable alternatives.:smashin:

    Only worth an upgrade if you really unhappy with your current keyboard arrangement though. Illuminating keys is usefull when gaming with reduced light :D
     
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    If you've been typing daily for a while or you can type at speed then you probably do know where the letters are and it's just habit that keeps you looking down at the keyboard.
     
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    Yeah but I hate the endless typo's and having to edit what I've written
     
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    I have the Eclipse II keyboard and have found it to be very good lights up red blue and purple or no, light if you wish. I have found it to have a good solid feel to the keys very pleased with this keyboard and would have no hesitation in giving it a recommendation.:thumbsup:
     
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    i'll see when i go back home.... good reccos anyways...

    i don't really wanna spend over £30 for m&k really

    it's all nice having macros but i don't use them so meeh....
     
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    defo buy - big gamer and i love it. Also great feel for typing with as well.

    Great buy and all that marco rubbish - why pay £50/£60 for a G15!!
     
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    Eclipse II here also, good keyboard at £20. It has volume dial as I needed that during gaming. Backlight helps also when typing in dimmed room.
     
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    eclipse II has been on my desk since the good old ~£50 days so yeah I can safely say it's a very good keyboard. Always have the red backlight on, very nice it looks too. Solid build and keys feel 'nice' after hours of gaming or typing
     
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    Was gonna buy one but i remember how many times a macro keyboard would come in handy, all the times where i want to type in game console commands quickly, so i went for the logitech G11 for £38.
    Seems the main two illuminated gaming keyboards to buy at the moment are the eclipse II or the Lochitech G11. If u dont need macros get the eclipse i was going to.
     
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    If you want macros why not just use something like AutoHotkey? There are plenty of unused buttons on most keyboards already.
     
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    My recommendation after years of bf2 hammering,is the RAPTOR k2,for the money it is a great keyboard feels solid with no clunky keys.
    I had a saitex eclipse and it broke,just stopped working one day-:thumbsdow,cheap imho,if you can't find a K2, CHERRY are a very good make also:thumbsup:
     
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    Having turned it upside down and thereby emtpied it's monthly collection of dust and rolling tobacco onto the desk, mine's a Saitek Eclipse 1, which I've been using for many hours since Feb 2006. Never had a problem with it, the lights still work and it's had a pretty hard life playing css, tf2 and the like.

    I had two criteria for buying it:-
    1. I read at the time that some keyboards (mostly the sort of cheapy ones I used to buy) don't cope very well with more than a few simultaneous keypresses and I read enough reviews to know that wasn't an issue with the saitek.

    2. It didn't have any of those dual-function keys, which I tend to find a bit annoying as they default to some multimedia function I'm not interested in, rather than the F Key (especially if you're buggering up yer bios or windows install) and I could never toggle it off in time :(

    Oh and the integrated rest is pretty comfy too.
     
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    The Raptor K1 is a cherry G80-1800 with some gaming tweaks, The K2 looks very much like the cherry cymotion expert (which is well rated itself) but I don't know what, if any, tweaks they made to that.

    Actually it's probably a problem with the Saitek as well, but well designed keyboards (and games) make sure you don't use the combinations very often. It's probably better than very, very cheap keyboards which can do it with only two keys at once.

    If you want to test it try holding down W, D and E at the same time and see if they register or whether you only get two of the three.
     
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    Sure enough, those three don't register, but some combinations of three do.

    Well I learn something new every day, ta :)
     
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    I own the Saitek Eclipse II. Its a good keyboard. I like the blue light but find the red light slightly brigher and easier to read. It has dimmer switch which I don't think is of any use really as I leave it on maximum.

    My keyboard went faulty (lights would go off)so I had it replaced. On the replaced keyboard I noticed that the numberpad lights are not as well lit as the rest of the keyboard. But its ok.

    The hand rest on the bottom of the keyboard is well built and won't snap off like some cheaper keyboards.
     
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    Have one also. A couple of the keys stopped working but taking it apart and cleaning the layers fixed it. A powered USB hub built into the keyboard would have been nice.
     
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    Have had the original for over a year now and it doest the job if the eclipse II only builds on it then I say its worth £20. However if you've got money to spend i'd probably look towards logitech they have some nice keyboards!
     
  20. Repton

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    Also an owner of the original for a couple of years now! No problems with it so far even after numerous completions of oblivion! Definitely a solid buy:thumbsup:
     
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    i have the saitek eclipse II.. and its good.. the purple light is the best!!
     

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