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    I've had this microsoft keyboard for ages and it's always bugged the crap out of me.
    I like it dark in my house so I need something that lights up, but nothing really bright, just a very dimly light keyboard "preferably blue", so I can read everything.
    Doesn't need extra bells and whistles. Just has to have good key spacing "the one I'm using has the keys to close together, makes typing difficult sometimes." and it needs to be "dimly" lit. Bright stuff really bothers my eyes sometimes, I get a lot of headaches due to some accidents of the past.
    Well if you can consider a guy trying to kill me with his car an accident...lol

    Anyyywaayyy..:laugh: Please do feel free to let me know any good ones I can go with, tyvm. :)
    I was looking on newegg but there are so many freaking keyboards it's crazy.
     
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    logitec illuminated keyboard.
     
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    Do you have experience with that one? I like the way it looks, but haven't heard much on it and my Lycosa is getting a bit worn. :toast:
     
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    Ahh, ty, was hoping for some purchase links but I'll see if I can track it down at newegg. :).
    That blue lit razer looks nice, very dimly lit.
     
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    I use a Saitek Eclipse, which has a button that lets you select bright blue, dim blue, or no backlighting.

    The Lycosa exow2 linked to is excellent.

    You said you don't need extra bells and whistles so I'm guessing you're not looking to spend too much, but it should be mentioned that good mechanical keyboards are worth it if you can afford one. Mechanical keyboards are more durable, give better feedback, and depending on the model can give you full n-key rollover (aka NKRO, search it if unfamiliar). As it happens, there's an excellent blue backlit mechanical keyboard for sale here on TPU (link). That Deck keyboard is the only mechanical blue backlit keyboard with full NKRO (if you use the PS/2 connector, not USB) that I know of and you don't often see them for sale.
     
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    It is not blue, but the MS Sidewinder X6 is an awesome keyboard. I have been using it for over a year now and love it. Low profile keys, removable keypad, loads of macros, and a "dial" to adjust the intensity of red lights, from off to bright as hell. Great keyboard IMO, but like I said, it is not blue. Good Luck.

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/gaming/productdetails.aspx?pid=102
     
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    I like that saitek, the adjustable lighting is a very big deal to me. The price is very reasonable as well.
    Seriously headaches are a big issue. The other one is very nice but i can tell it's way to bright.
     
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    What about a G11? backlit keys and nice layout. And the Saitek is a great keyboard too. I used to own one before my G15 and had no complaints.
     
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    Lol no idea what a G11 is. I'll look for one.
    Spending 100 bucks on a keyboard is a bit excessive to me though.
    I mean all good to those who own one, more power to you. :).

    But I play most games emulating keyboard strokes through a ps3 controller so extra keyboard functionality is not as big of a deal to me as it might be to some people.

    EDIT: is it just me or does newegg have a lot of shitty keyboards?
     
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    The Eclipse II offers 3 different colors and adjustable lighting.
     
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    Have a link to one for sale by any chance? ty ^^
     
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    No prob, also added in Eclipse links with an edit, in case you didn't see that.
     
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    That I did. :), I'm trying to go for a back lighting that lights only the letters and numbers, some of them look like everything is just lit up. the less light, the better as long as it's legible. Does the g11 have adjustable back lighting? I may go with the saitek if the g11 isn't adjustable.
     
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    Yes the G11 does have adjustable backlighting, three levels I believe.
     
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    Cool thank you once again guys. Always great input that is very much appreciated.
    I'm torn between the logitech and the g11 but one or the other is getting bought today, so.
    :toast:
     
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    Yes. It's solid, not very expensive, and has lasting quality. It's got scissor switches for the buttons so it'll last longer than traditional rubber dome key keyboards.

    ::EDIT:: Here's a great video introduction to the LIK - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzQ-jewzvNY&feature=related
     
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    I'm really liking that, you have a link to purchase it from Binge? thank ya. :)
    that very dim backlighting for individual keys and a thin profile are nice selling points.
     
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    I didn't know that, thank you Binge. :toast:
     
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