Date: January 22nd, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Saitek
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
The one thing that I noticed that this keyboard was simple and not over-complicated with a whole slew of quick launch buttons. For one, they make the keyboard heavier and larger, and most of the keys are never ever used in most situations and/or work environments. The keyboard layout is the familiar 104 key setup used by most english keyboard manufacturers. Overall, you know this stuff already but I have to cover the basics before moving along....
The only quick launch features are in a tidy area in the top right portion of the keyboard area. You have your track forward and reverse, play/pause and stop keys along with volume control, mute and the keyboard lighting button in the far right. The center dial is the illumination brightness control and has an illuminated ring as well so you can find it easier during low light situations where you would like to adjust the lighting intensity.
The key feel is very quiet and responsive. It is so hard to convey the difference in feel but from what I am feeling right now while writing this review, I am liking the high quality feel of a decent keyboard for once. This review is completely written on this keyboard. The spelling mistakes I can blame on it as well.......
Now you have the option of using the keyboard with or without the optional wrist support. In my opinion, use it, it makes the overall comfort a lot better and I find gaming for hours to be effortless when you are being properly ergonomic.
As for the keyboard angle, you have three options. You can lay the keyboard completely flat or you have the choice of two height options to suit your particular tastes. I personally enjoyed the middle position in my particular situation. By all means adjust it to your particular comfort. Also seen in the top right area of the photo is one of the four large keyboard feet that keep this keyboard planted extremely well. Add in the fact that there are five additional smaller feet in the wrist support and you won't be moving this keyboard easily. As always they will get a little dirty and will lose their grip from time to time. Cleaning them off will restore them to factory new shape in a matter of seconds.