I have searched high and low for a variable intensity , backlit keyboard to use with my flight simulator programs and to go with the computer I'm building. My goal being to make my flights as realistic as possible and to do that I need a backlit keyboard that i can adjust the intensity to just barely visible. Try celestial navigation in MSFS 2004 with any ambient light screen reflection and you will see what I mean.
A red (Fire) Deck is what I want since that is the standard type of lighting that meets FAA night vision requirements and is the type of lighting used in aircraft for instrument panel illumination.
I bought one of those illuminated keyboards (logisys) with the blue glow and was completely dissatisfied. I was blinded by the three blue LEDs at the top, I couldn't adjust the intensity, and it was defective! It would flicker and lose key fuctionality. I tried several time to get it to work but the defect was internal. I would guess I spent close to $100.00 in wasted time, return postage and the RMA process.
I haven't tried the "Deck" yet since finances are a little tight right now but I
will in due time.
I do have some questions and concerns...
I have always used the standard 104 keyboard layout and am accustomed to using the number pad for 360* viewing in the absence of a hat switch (joystick), among other things. I assume key assignments can be made or a seperate number pad could be incoorperated.
Since the "Deck" is modable I wonder if I could install a reostat to control lighting intensity in place of the step switch assuming thats what it has.
Lastly, and more importantly, what function am I going to assign to the skull and crossbones key?