Saitek Eclipse Gaming Keyboard review

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Although Saitek’s new keyboard doesn’t come in a set with a mouse, isn’t wireless and is relatively expensive, we had to include it here. Better known for its gaming peripherals, Saitek is now branching out into keyboards and mice. And if the quality of this keyboard is anything to go by, the firm has made a wise move.

As you can see from the photo, you’ll need a PC with plenty of character for the Eclipse not to look out of place. In spite of its off-the-wall looks, Saitek has kept a completely traditional layout and added only volume buttons. This means there are no media playback controls, but there are also no drivers needed.

As we mentioned, the keyboard isn’t wireless – it connects via USB. It needs the power of the USB connection to light up the blue LEDs, which provide the ‘cool’ backlighting. This makes the Eclipse ideal for use in the dark, whether you’re playing games or not. An extra button allows you to dim or turn off the LEDs as you like.

Keys are firm and quiet enough, so gaming or typing is a comfortable experience. The bundled wristrest adds to this and is adjustable up to an inch away from the keyboard.

The only real drawback is the price; for £27, you’d be forgiven for demanding more than a few LEDs and volume controls. Considering that three of the wireless combos on offer here are cheaper than this standalone keyboard, the Saitek looks decidedly pricey. However, if you regularly need to use your keyboard in the dark or are simply looking to complete the look of your gaming PC and want something unusual to hook up to your system, the Eclipse is well worth adding to your shortlist.

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