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Saitek PC Gaming Keyboard - Page 4 of 4


DISASSEMBLY (continued)
Below are images of the acrylic plates found underneath the keyboard. There are two plates (one for the main keyboard and the other for the numeric/arrow keypad area). There are alignment pegs to ensure the plates do not slide as well.



Acrylic Plates And LED Close-up




In the picture above you can see how small these LEDs are. These are not the typical 3mm or 5mm bulb style LEDs as these are much smaller. I spent a few minutes Googling around for these with no luck. While apparently difficult to find, I'm sure that the more involved modders out there will be able to make some adjustments.

More LED Lovin'




In total there are 10 LEDs along the bottom edge of the keyboard that provide all of the illumination. There are also the three larger LEDs across the top for the (scroll, num, alpha) lock key indicators.

CONCLUSION
I was very impressed with the Saitek PC Gaming Keyboard but not surprised. The overwhelming consensus holds true; this is an excellent product in every respect. I found the wrist rest on the Command Pad to be a bit shallow for my hand. I've also felt the same about the past two Nostromo SpeedPads so maybe it's just me.

If you like to kick back with a keyboard in your lap then you should find the Saitek PC Gaming Keyboard to be comfortable to use. The USB cable is 10' long so you should be able to reach just about anywhere.

The four protruding corners of the keyboard add some visual interest as well as stability. The Saitek PC Gaming Keyboard is basically the same depth as the Logitech Elite so it should fit well on all but the most cramped desk spaces regarding depth. Width, however, is another issue as you'll need room for the Command Pad somewhere.

I hope that the many pictures I provided help convey the solid build quality of this keyboard. There are many signs of good design and attention to detail (especially when you look under the hood). All of this combined with many features, customizability, and illumination make for a very complete product.
 


PROS
  • High build quality
  • Cool factor
  • Controllable illumination
  • Command Pad features/customizability
  • Volume control
  • Good price and great value
  • Quiet keys but not "squishy"
  • Adjustable wrist rest
  • 10' USB cable
  • SST software work perfectly with games
  • No F-lock key!!!
     
CONS
  • Command Pad shift mode buttons do not illuminate
  • SST software may not record some Windows key combinations and some Windows shortcuts may have slight delay

Check out CrazyPC for ordering information.

Please feel free to ask any questions or post any comments in this thread of our forums.

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