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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|Sold By||—||Amazon.com||Better Choice Online||IOquest||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Are Batteries Included||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Are Batteries Required||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 19.61 x 8.58 in||18 x 3 x 8 in||1.1 x 18.4 x 7.4 in||9.61 x 17.24 x 3.11 in||8.78 x 19.57 x 1.65 in||1.5 x 18.6 x 6.9 in|
|Item Weight||3.15 lbs||2.31 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.53 lbs||1.94 lbs||1.65 lbs|
Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard
From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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.
Access Play/Pause, Previous Track, Next Track, and Mute.
- Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (excluding Windows XP 64-bit)
- 100 MB hard drive space
- Powered USB
Top customer reviews
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. If it does fail, then the 3 year warranty is there (impressive length). The features are not overwhelming or extensive. They are what you need, at a price that is fair compared to the competition. No extra crap you'll never use, but everything you will use. In the bang for the buck category (many keyboards with fewer features cost more) this one stands tall.
I will now extensively test the anti-ghosting so prominently advertised with this keyboard. I can already say, in WoW the my old keyboard that this is replacing had several ghost keys (default Dell POS) and those same key combinations have not produced any ghosting at all. I look forward to running, casting, talking and jumping all at the same time.
Oh, and one more thing. Amazon shipped this post haste and it arrived well packaged and protected. Sooner than anticipated!!! Simply superb on their part.
EDIT: 10/16/10 Used this for several days now. It is very, very responsive. I am a person who tunes their equipment to the utmost sensitiviity (mouse is set to 5600 DPI, the max) and this keyboard keeps pace with the mouse. Hit a key, and it registers, NOW. That is of utmost importance for me. No ghosting, mushy feeling keys, I took to it fast and really really like it.
4/5/11 6 months later - fantastic keyboard. ZERO problems, works like a champ, macro's are easy, love it.
4/12/12 - Year and a half later and I love my keyboard. Still works flawlessly, well built and not a single problem.
7/15/15 - Holy cow, still using the same keyboard. If that's not amazing....then you've already seen everything. Works like it did on day one (Admittedly I've opened it up a couple times to remove animal hair...meh, warranty is up anyway). Not kidding.
1. Anti ghosting ftw
2. Soft orange/red glow is nice. Button on the top that can adjust brightness.
3. The keys are well spaced with a satisfying click. It's not as bright, responsive, or loud as real switches, but it's close enough to be enjoyable.
4. The 6 macro keys are very useful when you figure out how you need to use them. It's really nice that there are 3 macro sets (meaning 18 total macro keys you can assign)
5. The macro software isn't terrible (it's not great but considering it's companion software for a keyboard, it's not atrocious which I consider a win).
6. Sleek black, good design, good heft. Feels like it's designed well.
7. The one I gave my girlfriend is still going strong after 18 months. This particular one is 6 months old now. Both still rocking.
1. Wish it came in blue...or even a green would've been nice.
2. I wish the calculator button was programmable. I'd change it to the TI-86 emulator I have on my computer (college ftw).
Overall, this is a surprisingly awesome keyboard. It's not as good as your $150 professional gaming keyboards. However, it's a lot better than anything else in this price range. The combination of good build quality, good features, and good gaming features make this a better deal than most realize. These same features on a Razor keyboard would cost you $90. Don't let it being made by Microsoft deter you, this keyboard is awesome.
Need proof I'm not an MS fanboy? I run Linux. The end.
I see these are going for an absurd amount of money these days. $180? Holy cow I paid $40 for it. For what it's worth, both my and my gf's keyboard are still running strong. I don't think I'd recommend it for $180. At that price, you can get a seriously amazing mechanical keyboard that severely dwarfs this one. However, if you do get it, everything I stated in my review remains true, years and years later. This keyboard is amazing.
And I just tried a mechanical gaming keyboard, one with very high ratings, lots of sales, and cost well over $100, and I can say that I think the Sidewinder, even 6 years old, is a superior keyboard. Personal preference perhaps, but I think that just goes to show the strength of the Sidewinder.
For those of you buying these things still, keep in mind I paid $38.40 for this thing brand new. I know prices are going to vary since they are no longer made, but this isn't a $100+ keyboard.