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November 4, 2009 4:52:05 AM

Whats the best available backlit keyboard at a price/preformance ratio? I am looking to get one for multimedia and gaming purposes....

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November 4, 2009 4:56:37 AM

i have the saitek eclipse and love it. i stared at it for 3 years before buying it... should have bought it right away. anyways, it's like 38 dollars on new egg and it's the best keyboard i've ever owned.
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November 4, 2009 5:15:46 AM

Here's two more for you to consider:
Microsoft 9VU-00001 Reclusa
Logitech G15
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November 4, 2009 5:35:36 AM

xln said:
i have the saitek eclipse and love it. i stared at it for 3 years before buying it... should have bought it right away. anyways, it's like 38 dollars on new egg and it's the best keyboard i've ever owned.



Hehe Ive already got a good wireless logitech keyboard however Ive also been staring at the Logitech G15 for about a year now and I know there are newer boards coming out but Im thinking if I really need it.... I guess I should get one for my next build but get it today.... or soon and use it for now with my surrent system........

As you said you should have gotten it earlier, maybe I need to as well....
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November 4, 2009 3:10:34 PM

I actually didn't like my Eclipse all that much. A lot of light bleeds through around the keys, which I find unappealing.

I'm using a Razer Lycosa now, which is perfect for me, but I only paid about $40 for it, its $75 on newegg.
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November 4, 2009 3:16:21 PM

I second the Razer Lycosa...

Another good board is the Logitech G11 for the price. I like the G15 but the "Red" lights didn't go with my blue theme (Razer Deathadder and Antec 1200 case)... :D 
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December 12, 2009 1:23:47 AM

i ended up getting the razer thin logitech illuminated keyboard that was bundled with free Z103 speakers..... its not bad but not a full gaming board...
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December 31, 2009 3:33:35 PM

I've owned both the Saitek eclipse II and Razer lycosa

The saitek keyboard is heavy and built like a tank, i'm rough on my keyboards tho so the arrow keys ended up wearing down and breaking off after a year or two. Not a bad keyboard tho.

The Razer lycosa is a light weight, well layed out keyboard. The keys are kinda low profile but once you get used to them it's a nice keyboard (they have a rubber coating on them).
The only problem i've had with mine is the touch sensor that changes the backlight (WASD cluster) stopped working after a few days (not an issue for me). I've had it for like 6 or 8 months now.

My lycosa is a nice board for typing/programming in the dark, which is the main reason I wanted it.
It also makes less noise than the eclipse when typing.
The lycosa gets my vote.
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December 31, 2009 4:11:29 PM

cbeermann said:
I love my Saitek eclipse II It works wonders for me.

But.... If you REALLY want some LED power get a Luxeed LED keyboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpnUbF2nnrA


OMG I love my Saitek... I've beat the hell out of it ....and its never failed. Low profile...backlight... smooth...lightweight... all I need...PERFECT
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December 31, 2009 5:22:33 PM

Are you sure you are talking about the eclipse? Because its neither low profile, nor lightweight. It's actually a pretty bulky keyboard..
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December 31, 2009 7:07:47 PM

I reiterate, that is not a low profile keyboard.
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December 31, 2009 7:25:45 PM

Logitech G110 - Backlight and 12 "G Keys", never looked up price.
Logitech G15 - Backlight, 6 "G Keys" on newer and 18 on older style, and aux display. You should be able to find it on sale for $50-70 with a full price of $100.
Logitech G19 - Backlight, 12 "G Keys" and a full color aux display that can play video (YouTube, ect), and full powered USB ports (G15 is passive USB ports). Don't know about sale prices but full price is $200.

I have personally owned a older model G15 for a few years now and it works great. Also have the newer model of the G15 and chances are unless you troll Ebay for the older one it is the one you will get. But on my newer main system it has proven to be a good keyboard.
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January 1, 2010 12:12:32 AM

Aertea said:
I reiterate, that is not a low profile keyboard.

I'm sorry if you think that's a big keyboard. For a gaming keyboard... its tiny. Nuff said.
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January 3, 2010 3:52:22 PM

I see, the problem is you don't understand what the term profile refers to. Its not the size of the keyboard, its the height of which the keys are elevated off the board, and thereby the distance the key needs to be pushed in order to register a keystroke.
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January 4, 2010 11:12:45 AM

Aertea said:
I see, the problem is you don't understand what the term profile refers to. Its not the size of the keyboard, its the height of which the keys are elevated off the board, and thereby the distance the key needs to be pushed in order to register a keystroke.

You are correct then. Thanks for the clarification.
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