Okay, I'm gonna ask my parents to get me a new keyboard this holiday season. What should I tell them to get me? I was highly considering the Saitek Eclipse because its rather cheap, and they could still get me something else too
I currently just have an old Dell keyboard. I want something with a blacklit. Under or around $50.
I'm also thinking of getting a wired mouse, screw this damn Logitech MX1000 and its skippy-ness. So G5 or MX518?
I have the Logitech MX518 and I'd say it's pretty nice. To be fair, I've never used the G5, but there is nothing inherently wrong with the MX518. The sensitivity options are nice, there are back and forward buttons for surfing (and programmable as functions in games), and the window flow button for Vista. All-in-all, a solid mouse.
Conversely, I've never used the MX518, but I've used two G5's. I have nothing bad to say, other than, if you're going to get a G5, get the blue one. The orange-rust one only has one thumb button.
Adjustable sensitivity is nice. I don't use it much, but it's nice if, in the middle of a game, I start to feel like I need that extra kick, I bump the sensitivity up a notch, and I get in a few extra headshots.
I have nothing bad to say about the MX518, though.
On the subject of a keyboard, I'd actually recommend the G11. I have the G15, same thing, but with an LCD screen. The screen is about useless, and I wish I'd waited until the G11 came out. Que sira, sira. It's a damn fine keyboard, though. Media keys, a handy little switch to disable the Windows key while you're in a game so you don't have to worry about it, and it just looks sharp.
Also, quick macros are fun for Instant Message Spamming. I have my G2 key set to
It's ok, just a standard keyboard (no USB ports) with three different colors to choose from. I have have mine for a while the keys are holding up. The original Saitek Eclipse had problems with the characters fading.
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I'm using both the Saitek Eclipse II and the MX518. I've never used the G5, but this mouse does do the trick. I dunno if it's cheaper than the G5. I'd have to research that one. I would believe it is.
The keyboard is great too. It's plain and simple with a few multimedia buttons for music and volume, changing backlighting colors and such. Main reason I got this is because it's a standard sized keyboard and I can fit both this and my mouse on the keyboard undertray. If I got a bigger keyboard like the Logitech G15/11 or a Razer Tarantula, I'd have to put my mouse on top of my desk. If you like simplicity with a few extras, then you'd like the Saitek Eclipse II.
The G11/G15 is too big for my keyboard draw. The new G15 is nice, but too expensive. I'm really thinking about getting the Logitech G5 "v2" and the original Saitek Eclipse. I don't like the Eclipse II all that much. I think for the price, you can't beat the original Eclipse, nice and simple I think.