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Wanted: a Keyboard that is Illuminated, Quiet and Durable

by billmarsano / September 9, 2007 12:33 AM PDT

Illuminated
because turning on lights in my tiny apartment during my odd, free-lance working hours disturbs my partner.
Quiet
for the same reason.
Durable
because I'm a 2-finger typist and so am hard on hardware.

I am currently disappointed in the Saitek Eclipse--the letters on the most-used keys (e, r, t, i, o, a,s,d,c,n,h,) smeared into illegible blue blobs after only three months!

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touch typing?
by ozos / September 9, 2007 4:57 AM PDT

thats probably not the idea you wanna hear, but if you learn touch typing you dont need to read the letters off of the keys

aside from that, the Eclipse and Eclipse II are both illuminated, the Fatal1ty edition keyboard from Creative Labs is illuminated, Logitech has the G11 and G15 keyboards which have illuminated characters as well

theres also a number of cheap no-name illuminated keyboards available at various places on the internet, although touch typing is probably going to be the better option, given that it would likely save you money and increase typing speed.

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Check Xoxide.com they carry illuminated KBs...the rest is
by VAPCMD / September 9, 2007 6:04 AM PDT

up to you.

VAPCMD

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You've mentioned...
by fbbbb / September 11, 2007 6:56 AM PDT

...what seems to be a common issue with the Saiteks, both the original and II's. That's what put me off them.

I've been long overdue for a 'proper' backlit gamer keyboard and I've also ben recently looking at possibilities.

The oddly and aptly named Microsoft Reclusa is one option not hitherto mentioned.

Perhaps just because we all know Microsoft makes good input devices, I was heavily tempted to go for the Reclusa, but in the end have gone for the G15 - which I should be receiving tomorrow. I 'll chime in if I find something glaringly wrong with it but reviews seem to indicate I should be satisfied.

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So I got them.
by fbbbb / September 12, 2007 10:43 AM PDT
In reply to: You've mentioned...

The good news with the G15 is that the keys don't look as though they'd wear off, bleeding the backlight anytime soon.

The bad news is that the backlight is really dim, even on the 'full' brightness. I also don't like the feel of the keys - very Dell Standard Keyboard like. Which is really odd as all of the reviews have touched on the quality feel of the keyboard.

I guess this just goes to prove my theory about the 'wisdom of the masses' - they are a mass but they aren't very wise, because precious few of the masses actually as any real experience worth a damn. Just as well I only opened 2 of the 5 - I'm returning the rest and probably trying a Reclusa next.

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