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Peripherals Backlit Keyboard

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by shaleenh, 25 Nov 2009.

  1. shaleenh

    shaleenh What's a Dremel?

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    Hi,

    Could someone please recommend me a good backlit/illuminated keyboard? I'd prefer one with low, laptop-like keys for comfortable typing. Budget would be ~40 quid, though cheaper is definitely preferred. USB ports in the keyboard are a plus, though I don't care either way about macro keys. Corded preferred, though I don't mind cordless.

    A huge plus would be a proper touchpad built in, though I doubt if there are any such keyboards available.

    Thanks.
     
  2. steleet

    steleet Did he death?

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    I don't know what the hell a quid is but I would recomend a Logitech G13 or a G15 if you want to get something really nice.

    The keyboard itself is more like a standard desktop size/shape. But it is corded USB. Along with two USB ports on the keyboard itself. Also it has macro keys. Oh yea, backlit as well :p
     
  3. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Logitech Illuminated keyboard. Great keyboard. I have it, and I love. It really adds professionalism to a desk. White backlit LED is true white, if you wonder.
     
  4. null_x86

    null_x86 Thread Closer

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    What GoodBytes said.
     
  5. Hamfunk

    Hamfunk I AM KROGAN!

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    Saitek Eclipse II (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118274)

    Thats the one i have, and you have a choice of 3 backlight colours built in (Red, blue and purple?!). It's usb corded, the palm rest is remove-able and you can control the brightness of the backlight.

    I would definitely recommend this (the logitech G15 looks hideous!!)
     
  6. Gunsmith

    Gunsmith Maximum Win

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    ooo i like that logitech board
     
  7. craigp84

    craigp84 What's a Dremel?

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    Logitech G15

    I have the logitech G15 (v2 version which is not as wide so it fits in a normal keyboard drawer under a desk, unlike the v1) which i bought earlier this year.

    It's a good keyboard, quality is hard to find faults with, and the LCD screen with their software to drive it, is actually pretty useful (CPU / Memory monitor, RSS feed reader are my favourites).

    However, for all there is to recommend it, the price is not one of them. It is not worth the £70 or £80 i spent on it. If you can find this keyboard for ~£45 mark, i whole heartedly recommend it.
     
  8. geoboy333

    geoboy333 Sometimes I say something bright...

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    i have the Saitek eclipse II and its fantastic. theres nothing else to say.
     
  9. ShakeyJake

    ShakeyJake My name is actually 'Jack'.

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    I too love my Saitek Eclipse II.
     
  10. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    The Saitek doesn't have low profile keys.

    +1 for the Logitech Illuminated by the way, it's what I'm using to type this post. The only other decent keyboard I can think of that's both backlit and has low profile keys is the Razer Lycosa.
     
  11. andrew8200m

    andrew8200m Modder

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    +1 for the logitech. Its the only one your likely to find in budget. The microsoft x6 (i think thats the number) has sort of low profile keys and is reasonable if you want something to look a little "different"


    Andy
     
  12. Carper

    Carper Guru

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    have you guys with the logitech illuminated keyboard made the legs bigger so it stands up more?
     
  13. smc8788

    smc8788 Multimodder

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    I haven't seen the need to really, I found it's at a perfect angle as it is.
     
  14. shaleenh

    shaleenh What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for all the advice people. I've decided to go with the majority, and get the Illuminated keyboard, but will be waiting till the 12th of Dec, when Logitech will be having 25% off everything. :)
     
  15. Mr. Ducky

    Mr. Ducky What's a Dremel?

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    I've had the logitech illuminated one for just under a year, you won't regret it, fantastic keyboard :)
     
  16. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    It looks really really good
     
  17. Kronos

    Kronos Multimodder

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    I got the Saitek Eclipse 111, great board.
     
  18. Carper

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    wheres the 25% off sale?
     
  19. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN Modder

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    +1 on the Logitech Illuminated. Personally i have a G15 V1 but if i liked low-profile laptop keys i'd probably get the illuminated.
     
  20. SazBard

    SazBard 10 PRINT "C64 FTW"

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    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=36401

    Thought I'd throw something a little different into the mix.

    I use to have that keyboard, but after a few years of heavy use the letters start rubbing off.
    And I've litterally just discovered they do a full size one as well so I'm off to order it!
    :D
     
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