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Blue Moon? Maybe ... but a Blue Eclipse? Saitek’s New Eclipse Keyboard Features Laser-Etched Keys and Iridescent Blue LEDs That Allow Users to Read Keys in the Dark


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TORRANCE, CA -- March 15, 2005 -- Saitek Industries Ltd (www.saitekusa.com) today announced that it will begin shipping the much-awaited Eclipse keyboard - an innovative computer keyboard designed to be used in total darkness. Originally shown under non-disclosure as a technology demonstration during the International CES 2005 show, Saitek’s Eclipse keyboard has entered production and will begin shipping to the consumer channel in April. Available at Circuit City, Best Buy and other channel partners, the Eclipse keyboard will sell for approximately $59.

Eclipse Keyboard - Backlit Keyboard with TruVu Keys

Inspired by the backlit Gamer’s Keyboard introduced in Q3 2004, the Eclipse features a host of technology enhancements and redesigns that allow for keyboarding, not just in low-light conditions, but now in total darkness. Whereas the Gamer’s Keyboard featured cool blue backlighting to aid gamers playing under low-light situations, the new Eclipse features TruVu keys that actually allow the ultra-blue hue to glow through each laser-etched key - making it now possible to read keys in the dark. The Eclipse is perfect for projector presentations where lights have been extinguished to favor the screen, programmers (who favor working in the dark), office environments where workers commonly extinguish the harsh overhead fluorescent lighting in favor of a more soothing, darker environment and restaurant hostess areas, where reservation taking has moved into the computer age. The Eclipse’s value is clear to see in any low-light situation where accurate keyboard use is demanded. The key to this technology lies in the filtered and laser-etched keys that allow just the right amount of light to pass through the etched lettering - too much and it becomes a blur, not enough and it’s inconsequential - the Eclipse finds the perfect balance for true view ability. In addition, this keyboard will include two levels of illumination to meet a variety of settings and lighting needs.

AVAILABILITY

The Eclipse keyboard will be available at local retailers and the Saitek online store at www.saitekusa.com. Vendors interested in carrying the Eclipse may contact Irene Griffiths at igriffiths@saitekusa.com.

ABOUT SAITEK

Founded in 1979, Saitek Industries initially built its reputation on smart products, establishing itself as the market leader with its Mephisto chess computers. In 1993 Saitek entered the computer games controller market and has since grown to become a major brand for PC gaming peripherals. Saitek’s extensive range of award-winning products are designed and manufactured by gaming enthusiasts for gaming enthusiasts - with the goal of helping gamers win.

All of Saitek’s award-winning controllers are produced in its wholly owned ISO 9002-certified factory and distributed worldwide.



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