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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [08.04.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: auravision


And He Said "Let there be light!"

...and there was light. Unless you eat hundreds of carrots per day, it's unlikely that you can see all that well (yes, carrots are good for night vision) in complete darkness. If you're someone who tries to add to the atmosphere by playing something like, say, System Shock 2 without the lights on or just plain works in total darkness then I'm guessing it's rather hard to see your keyboard. 

If that's the case, you might want to look into getting one of these. Today, we're looking at the eluminX keyboard from auravision.

And, of course, you're saying...

...wha?! Yeah, I reacted in much the same way. The eluminX isn't a very conventional product but it does claim to do a few things. Of course, the electroluminescent keys make it easier for you to see the keys, especially if you're a night owl like me. I'm not going to get into the science of how this concept works but basically, the keys are clear and they light up a nice, bright blue.

Until I talked to auravision at E3, I didn't know about this keyboard's second little effect. Apparently, the EL is good for your eyes. Did your mom ever tell you when you were young that if you're staring at your computer with the lights off it would be bad for your eyes? Well, it's probably true. However, having the lights on cause glare, which is also bad for your eyes and incredibly annoying. The eluminX's EL lighting is actually well balanced and is supposed to be ideal for your peepers.

The eluminX comes in several different colors. The one we received is black with aqua blue lighting.

At a very slim 420mm x 156mm x 16mm, the eluminX's actual keys are surprisingly large. In fact, if you look at just the keyboard key area, it is almost as large as my Logitech wireless keyboard, which is actually quite strange considering the navigation section of the keyboard (del, insert, home, pgup, pgdn, end, etc...) is a lot smaller than a traditional keyboard. Again, this is because the keys themselves are very wide, ideal or anyone with larger hands.

The keyboard's tactile response was like that of a laptop keyboard but as the keys were bigger than normal, it was actually quite comfortable and easy to type with. Because the keyboard stands a measly 16mm high, there isn't much need for a wrist rest as you can just rest them on your desk.  There are no "feet" to raise the keyboard to a tilt, however.

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