The Saitek Eclipse II is seemingly geared toward gamers but most reviewers end up agreeing that the Saitek keyboard's minimalist design results in a top-notch general-use keyboard. High-quality construction and a weighted base give it a solid feel, and it is comfortable for both general typing and some gaming. When compared to other gaming keyboards, reviewers find that it lacks features such as an LCD screen or programmable keys, making a model such as Logitech's G15 keyboard (Discontinued) a potentially better choice for gamers who like a lot of extras. For those who need a basic, comfortable keyboard with a lot of functionality, however, experts point to the Eclipse II keyboard.
ExtremeTech.com, whose review documents a two-week trial period with the Eclipse II, offers the best evaluation of the keyboard. Expert reviewer Jeremy Atkinson reviews a lot of keyboards and has a good frame of reference; he covers all major aspects of the Saitek Eclipse II and compares it to competing gaming and general-use keyboards. Virtual-Hideout.net limits its testing to gaming use but also delivers comprehensive and comparative coverage of the Eclipse II's features and performance. TweakNews.net is highly complimentary in its evaluation of the Eclipse II, but the site provides little information on the basis of its award system, and the review doesn't include comparisons to other keyboard models. Reviewer Shane McGlaun approaches the Eclipse II from a gamer's point of view, coming away pleased but missing the features of other gaming keyboards.
ExtremeTech.com spent two weeks testing and evaluating the Saitek Eclipse II keyboard. This review provides a descriptive overview of the keyboard's design, layout and convenience features, providing comparisons to other gaming and multipurpose keyboards. The Eclipse is rated nine out of 10, a very high score.
Review: Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard Review, Jeremy Atkinson, Aug. 10, 2006
This review from Virtual-Hideout.net has tremendous comparative value. Comparisons are made to the preceding model, the Eclipse, as well as to a Logitech competitor, the G15 (2005). Writer Peter "Stygian" Chng is a fan of the Eclipse II, but notes that it lacks features when compared to the Logitech G15. Virtual-Hideout.net does not rank or rate keyboards.
Review: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard Review, Peter "Stygian" Chng, Aug. 23, 2006
The Saitek Eclipse II earns TweakNews.net's Top Rank Award. The review is thorough and well illustrated, but provides little in the way of comparison to other similarly featured keyboards. Nathan Glentworth is extremely positive and complimentary throughout the article.
Review: Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard Review, Nathan Glentworth, Jan. 22, 2007
Shane McGlaun touches on the major features of the Saitek II Eclipse Keyboard from a gamer's perspective. The Eclipse II keyboard is not rated or ranked but in his summary, McGlaun states that he is pleased with the "minimalist" Eclipse II, though he cautions that the Logitech G15 has more features.
Review: Saitek Eclipse II Gaming Keyboard Review, Shane McGlaun, Aug. 28, 2006