Date: January 22nd, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Saitek
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SAITEK CORPORATE PROFILE
Founded in 1979, Saitek entered the gaming market in 1993 and since then has grown to become a major brand in gaming peripherals for the PC. All our products are designed by gamers for gamers, to help them get the best out of their favorite PC games.
Our 2004 range includes many exciting new products, as well as enhancements to our existing product range to improve their performance further. We've also refined our manuals and programming guides to make it even easier to install and customize Saitek controllers.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our products. All our controllers are produced in our wholly-owned factory to ensure that they perform to the highest standards today and for many years to come. Saitek PC Gaming – superb design; total control
As with most computer peripherals today, you have an ever-expanding choice of what monitor, speakers, mice and keyboards you can purchase to suit your taste and/or requirements. Some people like the cheap five dollar option that "gets the job done", but a growing portion of the consumer market wants something that is beyond a basic keyboard.
One thing is for sure, you get what you pay for when you are out keyboard shopping. A $5 keyboard will give you basic functionality and not much more. A sure thing to bet on is that dependability won't be a key feature on the back of the box. As a private computer builder, I like to construct computers for people with varying tastes. But one thing that blows my mind is when someone wants an elite gaming rig with a window and lighting and then have it all complimented with a bargain bin white keyboard.
Of course I try to sway them, but in their mind, a good keyboard doesn't interest them, all they want is something to be functional. And yes, 6-12 months later I have the usual phone call from them complaining and bitching that their $2 mouse and $5 keyboard don't work anymore, keys fell off, or some buttons are sticking or don't work at all. They always step back in line when I point out the conversation that I had with them initially about purchasing a quality peripheral and how it saves money in the long run.
So tying this long ramble into Saitek's premiere review on Tweaknews, as you will see in the upcoming pages, this is the type of keyboard that you should be looking into purchasing. The quality can be seen as soon as you pick it up for the first time......