USB Keyboard for big hands (December 28th, 2006)
Product Manufacturer: Saitek Industries Ltd.
- Adjustable backlight in 3 colors. Removable wrist rest. Number keypad.
- Keys spaced far apart. Huge keyboard. Backlight shines too brightly through keys.
When my PowerBook G4 keyboard, barely a year old, started popping keys and sticking, I sought an external keyboard to use, until I have time to send my machine to Apple for repair. The Saitek Industries Eclipse II Backlit Keyboard looked like a good solution.
The Look and FeelThe silver casing, its weighted base, and rubber feet keep it from moving around any surface. It is formidable at best. With the comfortable snap-on wrist rest attached, it takes up almost as much space as the PowerBook. It measures about 19" long by 6.5" wide, compared to an old 15" iMac keyboard that is 15.5" long by 5" wide, and both have a separate number pad. I needed a much larger desk to accommodate the keyboard. The wing-like looking corners are not as big as they look in the pictures though.
The red, blue, or purple backlighting can be changed on the fly with a simple button that also works as a dimmer switch. The laser-etched keys show the light through them, so a dimmer light is better for your eyes. Adjustable hinges on the underside let you adjust the angle for comfort. While this USB keyboard is advertised on the site as only Windows compatible, the public relations teams offers it up for Macintosh reviews. Plus, it works just fine with a Macintosh, well almost. I went to hit command-S and pressed some foreign key - Alt. Whoops, the keys are definitely PC-oriented. The little white not-quite-Windows insignia button does serve as a Command key though.