Pros Solid Feel, good construction, good typing feel
Cons Light bleed through, knubs on corners, multimedia keys
Summary I bought both the Saitek Eclipse II and the G11 (did not buy the G15 because I did not see the LCD as useful). I wanted to see which one was better, and figured they’re both probably pretty good, I’d use one at work and one at home.
My preference is the G11, but both are great keyboards. Some of this decision comes down to taste, not quality / features.
Typing: The G11 has a deeper key press – this does require a little more effort for typing, and the keys do feel a little farther spaced apart (this may not be the case, but it definitely feels that way even asking other friends to try both). The feel of the keys is a little less “clicky”, and makes a much quieter noise with each button press than the Eclipse II. The concavity of the keys on the G11 is noticeably deeper or more pronounced than on the Eclipse II. Some of the large keys do feel a little more resistant on the G11, I believe because all the keys seem that way, and so the larger ones don’t get stuck, but can feel slightly more “gushy” – which is actually what I would prefer all the keys to feel like.
The Eclipse II keys are much flatter and feel closer together, and typing winds up feeling a little easier as the key press is also shallower and less resistant.
Lighting: G11 by a mile. Each key lights up through the letters only, no bleed through, very impressive in the dark. The Eclipse II has almost no light coming through the key letters because so much bleeds through elsewhere. While you can cycle the colors on the Eclipse II and not on the G11, it’s not worth it. Both keyboards could be brighter, but neither is that bad, but with the flatter keys and shiner material on the Eclipse II, if you do have the light, on, it is not easy to see the letters – G11 is easy to see in light and dark.
Features: G11 by a mile. 18X3 extra, programmable keys are key (ha ha, punny) for gaming. Multimedia buttons on the Eclipse II are out of the way and will therefore probably never get used, whereas the G11 puts them top and center, and has volume as a dial, not a button – crucial for proper use. USB on keyboard is awesome, Eclipse II doesn’t have it.
Construction: Tie. They both feel solid, and are heavy (in a good way). Both have great rubber feet that keep them in place on your desk.
Aesthetics: G11 is very large – but I am not sure what the deal is with all the size complaints – if you use a keyboard in a tray, it should fit fine. If you use it on a desk, it should definitely fit fine. If you really do have some weird setup with cramped space for a keyboard, get the Eclipse II – it’s much smaller. I think the G11 looks better, but a friend suggested it looks more Tron-ish, and he likes the Eclipse II look better. To me, the Eclipse II’s silver is too shiny and plasticky looking, and the G11’s muted steel look is better,
Both keyboards protrude from the bottom in odd ways preventing flush use of a 3rd party wrist rest, which I highly recommend trying if you have not already. The hard plastic wrist rests they both come with can be tossed out of the box. Go get a gel keyboard and mouse wrist rest at an office supply store, and use them for a couple of days – you’ll wonder how you lived without them, especially on the mouse. Way more stamina for those 18 hour gaming sessions. I was also considering the Tarantula, but the darn thing forces you to use its built in wrist rest. Boooo. Get with it keyboard designers, just keep the bottom flat.
Price: About the same, between $50 and $60.
Conclusion: If you like a slightly gushy but solid feeland game a lot, get the G11. If you like a little more “clicky” and loose, shallow key presses, or for everyday typing and nothing special, the Eclipse II will serve you well. They’re both good keyboards – you might consider trying both yourself if you can find a store with both on display.
Pros Durable, absorbs all kinds of abuses.
Cons Neon-blue backlight makes keys hard to ready in the dark. Luckily there are other 2 colors to chose from.
The mute button is oddly paired with the backlight color switch, not an inconvenience, just not very logical.
Summary I've had this baby for 3 years, 3 years of heavy-duty gaming. I spilled coffee, tea and beer on it, mashed the ASDW keys and the spacebar to the pulp but they still work! Soft to type and very quiet. The 3-phase backlight was something revolutionary when it just came out, now just about everybody does it. The only reason why I'm retiring it now is I got myself a new gaming rig with programmable Saitek Cyborg keyboard and I love it too!
Pros Responsive keys(not mushy), lit keys, wrist wrest, usb
Cons maybe could of added a few macro keys, but i can overlook that easily
Summary This keyboard is awsome. The keys are well lit throught the board. This keyboard is really solid. It is comfortable to type with and is great for gaming or for typing reports or just normal use. The colors are great. The brightest is the purple. GET THIS KEYBOARD!!! The only other keyboards i was looking at were the Logitech G 11 and the Razer Turantula, but the G11 has a big learning curve with the macros same with the turantula. Both need software so u cant just plug and play like you can with the Eclipse 2. I think everyone in the world should be using this keyboard.
Pros Nifty looking, multiple LED colors, dimmer knob, media controls
Cons Cheap feeling keys, blue about 1/2 as brights as an Eclypse I, cheap feel to other buttons, glossy back is a finger print magnet
Summary I love my Eclypse I, it is easily one of the best keyboards I have ever used. Solid feel to the keys, well backlit... The Eclypse is a giant step backward. It has a cheap feel, the keys are mushy and the lighting is too dim.
Pros The illuminated keyboard is very nice on the eyes at night, but best of all I can type again without having to look for the keys.
Cons Don't know....I just got it.
Summary I have been trying for six months to get used to a Logitech Iluminated Keyboard with it's "quiet" "smooth" "compact" "slim" keyboard after using a plain Dell keyboard for many years. The Logitech is high quality equipment, but I have given up on it because I CANNOT FEEL WHERE THE KEYS ARE! I have to continually look down for the key. It's more like trying to type on a touch screen without looking at the screen. It was wonderful to feel the keys again today when I plugged in the Saitech keyboard.....and tonight I can still see the keyboard in the dark!