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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 Number: JQD-00001
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color: Black
  • Form Factor: Backlit,Anti-ghosting
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Product Description

Product Description

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

From the Manufacturer

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 Information

Product Dimensions 19.6 x 2.4 x 8.6 inches
Item Weight 3.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
ASIN B002ZV51DI
Item model number JQD-00001
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 614 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,601 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Keyboards, Mice & Accessories > Keyboards
Date first available at Amazon.com January 2, 2010

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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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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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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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Can't say I've noticed some of the problems that ElectroDragon mentioned (but I also don't use a KVM switch). I've only had the keyboard for a couple days but I'll list the pros and cons that I've noticed so far as a student and FPS fan.

Pros:

1.) Keys feel great while gaming/casual typing. Now key feel preference is very person specific, I know people who love mechanical keys and hate "laptop style" keyboards and vice versa. Personally I like the feel of the keys, it's a perfect middle ground for me between typing out the occasional paper and casual gaming. It does feel a bit better while gaming than if you're purely looking to type up novels, but overall I prefer it to the Logitech DiNovo Edge I had previously (laptop style keys, which was quieter but mushier). The keys feel solid even when pressing down on edges or corners, the fluid motion is the same no matter where on the key you hit.

2.) Simplicity/Design. Great keyboard that has everything I want and not all the wild non-sense that I don't (My old Logitech Elite seemed to believe I needed 10 media and email keys). Looks good too, nice clean lines and edges. With a nice weight to it, this keyboard appears to have excellent build quality. Time will tell of course (3 Year warranty though whooo!).

3.) Terminator color backlight. Can't say I see any pinkness in the backlighting. With all the lights on in the room it does look more orange than red (But then why would I need backlit keys), but at night with minimal light it looks killer. Terminator red.

4.) Software. I was wary about the software after reading some initial reviews, but so far haven't had any problems. It is simple and does the job. Doesn't even have to run in the background like Logitech software does.
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