E3 2010: Mad Catz Eclipse litetouch Keyboards Now Shipping

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We’ve covered Mad Catz’ crazy customizable, backlit keyboard before and the unusual Eclipse litetouch is finally shipping. As part of a run-up to E3, Eclipse is shipping both wireless and wired versions of its new keybaords, at $99 and $129.

The litetouch is unique in that instead of a traditional numberpad found to the right of the typing area, the metal-bodied keyboard offers users a customizable, backlit, capacitive touch sensor. The touch panel is actually comprised of three distinct regions – when users switch between modes, a different portion of the touchpad is lit from behind, so that the current function is clearly defined.

In addition to the largely metallic body, the litetouch keyboards use a scissor-based key setup similar to that found in most notebooks.  The scissor-styled mechanism allows for a shallower, but quieter, typing experience. The wireless litetouch also includes an integrated trackball, which makes it suitable for use with an HTPC – users can sit across the room and have both mouse and ekeyboard functions in a single device.

Come back to DesktopReview in the coming weeks to read our review of the new Eclipse litetouch keyboard as well as all the news that comes out of E3.

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