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Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

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  • Advanced anti-ghosting capability - Press up to 26 keys simultaneously without ghosting - what you press is what you get!
  • Mode switching - Manually toggle from standard mode to one of two gaming modes; LEDs show the mode you select.
  • Automatic profile switching - The keyboard detects the application you are running and applies your custom profile to the application.
  • Programmable macro keys - Switch among three banks of six programmable macro keys to assign up to 18 macros per profile.
  • Backlit keys - Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus "off".
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Microsoft
  • Model: JQD-00001
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
  • Form Factor: Backlit,Anti-ghosting
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.4 x 8.6 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002ZV51DI
  • Item model number: JQD-00001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 2, 2010

Product Description

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Overview:

A powerful keyboard for serious gamers. The Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard has all the core must-haves for serious gamers, including industry-leading anti-ghosting, a first-ever Repetitive Macro key, in-game macro recording, a full media key set, automatic and manual mode/profile switching, adjustable backlighting for playing in dim conditions, and more. Plus, at the touch of a button, this customizable keyboard-the latest in the award-winning Microsoft SideWinder line-doubles as a high-performance keyboard for everyday computing.

Features:
Clean lines and eye-catching shape

Show it off - complement your style.

Lightweight and compact

A perfect fit wherever you use it - here, there, anywhere.


Other Features:
Automatic profile switching

The keyboard detects the application you are running and applies your custom profile to the application.

Programmable macro keys

Switch among three banks of six programmable macro keys to assign up to 18 macros per profile.

In-game Macro Record button

Record a sequence of keystrokes. Macros are stored on your hard drive and can be easily shared.

Automatic macro repetition

Set your macros to repeat.

Media keys

Access Play/Pause, Previous Track, Next Track, and Mute.

Volume control
System Requirements:
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)
  • 100 MB hard drive space
  • CD-ROM
  • Powered USB

Product Description

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The feel of typing on the keyboard is very nice, fast and crisp.
syrik
The backlight is a nice red and easy on the eyes, while also having three light settings, off, dim, semibright, and bright.
Jared
I highly recommend it to both gamers and those looking for a really good keyboard.
Brian

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

130 of 132 people found the following review helpful By syrik on October 13, 2010
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Just got this keyboard today, so this is my first impression. Out of the box it dosen't look like anything special, just an ordinary keyboard, 6 buttons running down the left side are the only thing not standard looking. Software is simple and installs quickly. The feel of typing on the keyboard is very nice, fast and crisp. It is sized nicely with the keys all seeming have a natural curve (keyface) and distance for my hands and fingers. Key action is superb, just the right resistance with a nice "punch" when pressed. The backlighting has 4 settings, high-med-low-off and is clearly visible in normal office/household lighting. Many keys are programmable with either preset conditions or fully customizable (all the locks, windows key, etc.). Macros are simple and quick to program and they keys easily reachable with a pinky.

The negative points are few. First, the lighting is red, think Pontiac dashboard and you've got it. I would prefer blue, but it does actually look cool next to my blue lit mouse. Second, its glossy. I don't know what manufacturers fascination with shiny is lately, but QUIT IT!! Haha, seriously, would really prefer a matte finsh however this is not a deal breaker. Lastly, the keys keep with the glossy and are smooth on the surface. It is not slippery or uncomfortable, just different and takes getting used to. The key action and press feel more than overshadows this minor oddity. It is also worth mentioning that the wrist rest is inconsequential, it could just as easliy not be there.

In the end, first day, I can already tell I type faster with this keyboard than I did and that should only improve with practice. If it holds up for the entire warranty period without needing to use it then it will be money well spent.
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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on January 24, 2013
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I'll admit up front that I'm not a gamer and spend most of my time using a keyboard for boring stuff like typing.

I bought this based on the reviews, because it's backlit (I like that), and for the macro keys that I plan on setting up to speed workflow when I process photos.

The big problem for me is that the keys are a bit... muddy. My previous keyboard was a Logitech G11 and it was just too big for my desk. I briefly tried a Logitech K750. It fell short in the backlight and macro keys department and also, I usually keep the light in my office kind of dim and there wasn't enough light to power it. However, even that low profile keyboard had a better "feel" than this one.

In addition to the muddiness, and even though I've had this only a short while, different keys are already starting to feel even looser. My sense is that while Microsoft has done a lot to cram a lot of features and functions into the X4 they had skimped a bit on overall quality.

Speaking of features, and to end on a positive note, the media control keys, at least volume up/down and mute, work for every app I've tried, not just Windows Media Player as is suggested in other reviews.

I'm not suggesting this is a bad keyboard or one to avoid, just that if your primary purpose is to type stuff then there may be better choices available.

UPDATE 1 Week Later: I thought that perhaps the typing issues I was having were related to differences on key spacing (from my previous keyboard) or my need to adjust to different key "action". Turns out, neither was the case. Over the past week the keyboard had become somewhat less reliable and a bit more difficult to use. My original opinion us the same, though a bit more polarized.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 26, 2010
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The Microsoft Sidewinder X4 keyboard is a fantastic keyboard and so far the best keyboard I have ever owned.

Pros:
- The keyboard has an amazing blood red back light and looks really good in the dark. You can choose from three different lighting settings as well as turn it off.
- There are six macro keys and you can program them to any key combination you want using either the included Microsoft Intellitype software or by pressing the record button for on-the-fly programming. There are also three different profiles to separately store the macros for the buttons allowing for 6x3 = 18 different macros.
- Keys feel good to type on and keyboard can be inclined using latches on the back.
- Anti-Ghosting technology. I haven't tested pressing 26 keys at once (cause I only have ten fingers lol) but this keyboard certainly lives up to its promise of registering 10+ keys at once.

Cons:
- Hand rest cannot be removed but I have no problem with that. It actually feels comfortable to both game as well as type on.
- Media keys only work for Windows Media Player which is what I primarily use. This may annoy those who rely on a different default media player.

Conclusion: The Sidewinder X4 is awesome. I highly recommend it to both gamers and those looking for a really good keyboard.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Pilchard on March 18, 2010
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I work in a dark room at night, while my spouse sleeps. Occasionally I need to hit a letter, function, number or some special key like "[". Being the poor typist that I am, this usually requires either trial and error or worse turning the light on enough for me to read the keys. The older I get, the more light is required to actually see the keys.

My search was for a well built backlit keyboard to help prevent my need for any other light source. There is another model the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 that seemed interesting, however on a search this model was available for pre-order and seemed interesting.

My need is not as a gamer, just a sometimes past bedtime typer. This keyboard comes with software from Microsoft and on the USB cable over the USB connector there is a piece of cardboard that says to install the software CD first. When opening the box, the CD wasn't noticed by me. However it was there. It installs Microsoft Intellitype. Which seems to do something for my PC, what I have no idea.

After software install on Windows XP, my old keyboard was unplugged and this new keyboard was put in. It has worked out very well. The color is a solid red, and it is easy on the eyes. This is an extended 102 / 103 key keyboard (it has some extra keys). There is a non-detachable numeric pad. There is also a non-detachable hand rest.

While the hand rest is comfortable, it would have been nice to have it removable. Space is an issue in the area of my keyboard, and the hand rest uses about 1/3 of the keyboard surface area.

The black for most of the keyboard is glossy, the hand rest is matte and has a textured feel. All keys are lit, with the exception of the space bar.
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