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Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard

  • 104 Normal Keys
  • USB Wired Detachable Palm Rest
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Featuring a unique backlit look, the Saitek Eclipse II is ideal if you are a gamer who likes to game in the dark. Laser-etched keys lend the keyboard an elegant, slightly menacing appearance. Fully adjustable, the glow can be tuned to the barest light or greatest glow. The cushioned keys are soft, quiet and smooth, and cause almost no stress to your fingertips.

The media control buttons, like volume control, play or pause, and forward and backward keys, let you perform many media related tasks with one-button ease. The detachable palm rest provides comfortable nesting to your wrists and hands. With good looks and a great feel, this keyboard can meet your every keying desire.


Learn more about the MAD CATZ Eclipse II

Model

Brand
Mad Catz
Model
Eclipse II

Keyboard Connection Type

Keyboard Interface
USB

Keyboard SPEC

Design Style
Standard
Palm Rest
Detachable
Normal Keys
104
Keyboard Color
Black & Silver

Type

Type
Wired

Mouse Included

Mouse Included
No

OS / System Requirement

Operating System Supported
Windows XP, XP64 and Windows Vista (all versions) Windows 7

Features

Features
Key characters and keypad illuminate through laser-etched keys
Media keys for volume control, play/pause and skip tracks
Variable backlighting adjusts through dimmer mechanism
Angle adjustment and extendable wrist rest for maximum comfort to suit the way you type
Weighted base with large area rubber feet to keep keyboard securely planted to the desk
Quiet, cushioned keys for hours of stress-free use
Familiar 104 key layout

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Shane H.
  • 3/23/2014 9:53:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this keyboard

Pros: This is a worth predecessor to the Saitek Eclipse. It has soft, tactile keys that feel great for gaming. The LED brightness is controllable with a dial nob above the keypad and can toggle between Blue, Red, and Purple back lighting. System volume controls and playback controls on the face are useful for watching videos. The wrist guard is a major improvement over the Eclipse I

I've had this keyboard for 4 years now and it's still going strong.

Cons: It only supports 3 simultaneous key presses. For a gamer, this probably won't be enough in some situations.

Unlike the Eclipse I, the Eclipse II has opaque indicators on the keys so the back lighting only bleeds through the keygaps. On the Eclipse I, the indicators were translucent and let the backlight glow through them.

The paint on the keys has scratched off some revealing that they ARE transparent. Since the Eclipse I also did this, I was already expecting it to happen eventually with this board as well. Though I am a bit surprised that they bothered to paint the keys.

Other Thoughts: It's been my main keyboard for the last 4 years and I'm finally replacing it with a mechanical one. Still it's been my favorite keyboard I've owned since the M2. If you want an entry level gaming keyboard. Look no further.

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  • Susan P.
  • 9/28/2013 10:58:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome keyboard!

Pros: Very durable! The backlights are great, and the keys are very easy to type on.

Cons: The lettering eventually does wear off of the keys.

Other Thoughts: I've had this keyboard for 6 years without any problems at all. I'm getting ready to get the newer one, and just looked this up to see how long I've had it.

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  • Brett B.
  • 9/25/2013 8:30:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery solid, lasting keyboard

Pros: -Strong backlight with a choice of colors
-Dependable/lasting.
-Media keys are very handy (mainly used in my case with iTunes).
-Nice design.
-Rubber feet are great, no movement during usage.

Cons: -None, generally speaking.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this keyboard since 2007 or 2008, and, with the exception of a bit of black paint coming off the edges of certain keys and the dimming of some blue LEDs, everything works as well as the day I bought it. It's the lasting nature of this very solid keyboard that compelled me to type a review so long after purchasing it (and after it has likely been discontinued, anyway). This has been my primary keyboard through my final year or two of high school and all of college, and that it has lasted so well despite it all is remarkable. At this rate, the only reason I think I'll ever have to replace it is sheer boredom and want of something novel. The media keys work like a charm, the backlight is perfectly adequate--it's just a well-designed keyboard.

Of course, it's not as though I've been able to compare it to many keyboards over the years, save for stock keyboards in computer labs and laptop keyboards. It also of course lacks macros that some may like for gaming. Weight those issues as you well if you're ever considering picking up this keyboard (used), but for my money, Saitek created a product with truly incredible value that has satisfied me without fail and outlasted the desktop for which I initially bought it by years.

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  • Joshua M.
  • 9/10/2013 2:57:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice Keyboard, horrible keys

Pros: Nice presentation, media keys work well, lights are cool since they go through the keys themselves, solid construction

Cons: The keys are way to hard to press, when I first got the keyboard I thought I merely had to break it in, but after almost a year of use, it still hasn't gotten any easier. almost every key, except for the space bar, has to be pushed down with such force that most of the time I end up not pushing the key at all when typing documents, resulting in me skipping letters in words. This makes me to have to go back and correct tons of mistakes due to keys that weren't pressed down hard enough, which is incredibly annoying.

Other Thoughts: Its a nice keyboard, don't get me wrong, but its so hard to press the keys down that its really not worth using. Too much of my time is spent going back and making corrections in my work due to this keyboard. While the stiffness of the keys may add to the keyboard's overall solid construction, they're just too stiff for general use, like typing up documents. If the keys weren't so stiff after almost a YEAR of use, maybe I would recommend it, but all the bells and whistles in the world don't matter as long as the keys on the keyboard are too stiff for general use.

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  • Ryan C.
  • 8/20/2013 9:40:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsForm and Function

Pros: The backlighting is really nice, with the three colour choices and the dimming control. The keyboard responds very well, while typing. I do a lot of gaming and it feels good right out of the box.

Cons: The keys are a little widely spaced, for some. I've got big enough hands that it doesn't bother me, but I can see some struggling with this.

Other Thoughts: All around good keyboard, great for the price. I would recommend it to anyone who didn't mind having a slightly larger key separation than most. Looks good and feels good. No complaints, here.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 8/14/2013 4:07:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLetters chipping away in 7 mos.

Pros: Nice illumination, Multimedia buttons

Cons: Letters starting to wear chipping away on the keys in about 7 mos.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy Mad Cats Products cheap quality bad support.

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  • Brandon D.
  • 8/13/2013 10:53:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExceptional

Pros: Awesome keyboard with 3 different colors. This is easily the coolest keyboard I have owned. Colors make it really easy to see the keys in a dark room.

Cons: Wish there were more than 3 colors

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  • Zachary W.
  • 7/16/2013 12:21:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEclipse II

Pros: The size of this keyboard isn't overly bulky or extremely crammed as some others I've used lately.

The functionality of the keys is perfect (requiring just the right amount of pressure in order to type) the keys aren't clunky when typing nor are they so easy to press making allowing for typing errors to occur frequently. The keys also have a good feel to them.

This board is back lit for those who wish to use their computer in the dark, I thought it was nice being able to adjust the sensitivity of the back light as well as the colors (Although there are only three to choose from).

I purchased this keyboard in Dec. of 2009 and it still works just as well as the day I purchased it.

Cons: The only "real" con that I can think of is that the flip tabs on the back on the keyboard that adjust the angle that it sits at while typing are fairly weak.

That is not to say that they will break from typing but if you have a son who "likes to show his frustration" then be advised a fist to the keyboard will break the tabs on the back. (Although the keyboard itself will take dozens of fist slams.)

I've noticed that some of the paint used to identify the keys is beginning to wear off (As any keyboard would with daily use since 2009.)

Other Thoughts: Not that anybody should have to say it in a review but remember that this is a wired keyboard, I thought I would throw this in because wireless tends to be almost universal today. (Wouldn't want anybody to miss that acknowledgement and become frustrated once the keyboard arrived at their home.)

I gave the keyboard 5 eggs because The Eclipse II is another great product just as The Eclipse was for me prior to purchasing The Eclipse II. The cons I typed above were all understandable to me and were written more as a disclaimer for those thinking about purchasing the keyboard than as an actual con.

Have never used a better keyboard.

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  • KinDee D.
  • 7/3/2013 6:10:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt's a keyboard

Pros: It's lighted.

Cons: The black wears off very easily.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this keyboard for well over a year now. It's lighted and everything works as it should. The biggest gripe that I have is that the black is wearing off of the keys, especially the letter "A" and the Shift key next to it. They look like blobs of blue (or whatever color you choose) and that is a tad annoying. It doesn't change how the keys work.

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  • Brian N.
  • 7/1/2013 9:51:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Keyboard

Pros: I am 'downgrading' from a Razer Anasi to this Saitek Eclipse II and couldn't be happier. The keys are solid and responsive and the backlighting is just right and has a variety of colors to choose from. The Razer isn't working right anymore. The 5 key usually won't activate on the first try and the keys are not responsive enough. Perhaps it was TOO MUCH keyboard for my needs but I know when compared to the Saitek, I love the feel of the Saitek much better.

Cons: None so far. Good all around keyboard for the buck.

Other Thoughts: I use to scoff at Saitek branded products a decade ago but now I love their joysticks and keyboards.

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