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Old 09-23-2006, 10:19 AM   #16
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That company is dificult to get to give up a review sample. Buuuuut, they make killer keyboards.
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:15 PM   #17
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yep... I Was tying to get a donation for the Dallas Stars Foundation case and was declined.
I'm gong to try and get the Stars to purchase one for the unit. Still waiting on the final "what is sponsored" list, so that I can go back to them and show them what all still needs to be purchased. This keyboard may make it into the final list if I have anything to say about it!
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:36 PM   #18
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yep... I Was tying to get a donation for the Dallas Stars Foundation case and was declined.
At least you had a reply. They are on my shit list. We won't review their products now or in the future, I can say that much
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:52 PM   #19
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Thanks for the great review. I have been searching for an good gaming keyboard for some time now, and I think this matches exactly to what I wanted.

Ordered from Amazon I hope I get it soon .
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i hope it's better than the original eclipse...

i'd like to advise that the keys were of poor quality, I've gone through 3 sets of replacement arrow keys (kindly sent to me free of charge).

i'm convinced that eclipse had a design or production fault that needed to be resolved. Has the root cause really been sorted with this model? the saitek ii still has laser etched keys, but painted black rather than silver. looks the same otherwise.

some customers have complained about the original keyboard, as you'll see by doing a search of the internet e.g. customer reviews on amazon.co.uk

i must admit that the keyboard is really good, it's just a shame that the paint wears away so quickly on the most frequently used keys, and makes the keyboard look old and tacky within a few months. it could be caused by acid from human sweat, but even so it should be protected from that.

most importantly, saitek has offered to replace the keyboard, which reflects a good level of customer support.
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Old 10-16-2006, 11:25 AM   #21
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I've had my Eclipse I for a couple of months now and I love it. No quality issues as of yet, but then again I don't do that much typing and no gaming.


The new keyboard looks cool, I love the way you can change the colours. I want the side lights!

This keyboard is the one I really want though: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/
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Old 10-16-2006, 11:35 AM   #22
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Yup, I would kill for that keyboard. As long as it's taken to develope them and I asume eventually get to market, I am sure the demand is going to be through the roof. I will however, buy one if they are available. They just look that awesome.

Maybe program each key with a .gif porn pic.....the options are endless.
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I saw in the review that you said the media keys work well with winamp, but I can't seem to get them to work. They work with WMP, but I never use it, so I'd like to be able to use them for more than just the volume control.

Other than that, this keyboard absolutely rocks. The blue could be a bit brighter, but it's bright enough for me since I'm usually in the dark when I'm playing games, and if I need to see keys a little more clearly, I just switch to purple!

Any help with the winamp thing would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 10-16-2006, 10:31 PM   #24
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Options -> Preferances -> Global Hotkeys

in the global hotkeys section, you have to manually check the enabled box to enable global hotkeys. It's simple but easy to overlook. I should have included that in the review and I am sorry for not doing so. I hope this helps.

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Old 10-17-2006, 02:54 AM   #25
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Hey, thanks alot. I'm an idiot, heh. It's been so long since I've had a keyboard that had media controls that I forgot about that. Plus, with just getting a new system after 6 years of the same one, totally forfot to enable it when I installed winamp.

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Old 10-17-2006, 06:59 AM   #26
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Not a problem bro. Just glad we could help.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:27 PM   #27
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Great review! I'm definitely interested in this board but also contemplating the new Logitech G11. Have you guys had a chance to review the Logitech board yet? It's about the same price. One feature about it I would appreciate is that you can disable the retarded Windows key at any time with a slider switch on the keyboard itself.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:33 PM   #28
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We have in fact reviewed the G11. The Windows disable is a nice hardware feature but can be disabled in Windows I believe. I love the Saitek Eclipse II and use it over the G15, which is just like the G11 minus the LCD screen. I love this Eclipse II and the feel of it. Ultimately the choice is yours but you have my 2 cents.
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After checking out the review I decided to go with a Saitek Eclipse. The feature set on the Eclipse II was not robust enough to warrant the extra cash, and the build quality is just as good on the older model.

The keys are still quiet after a couple of weeks use and I've yet to mis-type anything due to the sensitivity of the keys (cheap boards always seem to register every glancing keystroke as a "hit" - drives me nuts). There are more media buttons on the "II", but I've never been a fan of "extra" buttons/keys unless they directly impact gaming. The fact that these boards do not require software is a huge plus IMHO (one less thing to go wrong). The lighting is virtually the same on both models of Eclipse aside from the different colors available on the "II". Overall the Elipse I/II are great boards that can be had for less than fifty bucks.
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I would have to agree with you. The Eclipse line of keyboards are top notch. The lighting could be better but not much we can do about it now but wait and hope the next revision will be brighter... or dare I hope for individual lighting for each key?

The media buttons on the II are well done and not intrusive at all. I find myself using them far more than I ever thought I would.
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