Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard with USB Port
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- Dual Mode: Customizable for work or play
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- Designed for Gaming
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- Brand Name: Microsoft
- Model Number: AGB-00001
- Connectivity Technology: usb
- Color: Black
- Hardware Platform: PC
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From the Manufacturer
|Switchable Key Pad |
Flexible design, choose right side or left side configuration. Switch between standard key pad and macro pad in gaming mode.
|Mode Switching |
Manually toggle the keyboard from standard mode to either of two gaming modes.
|Macro Keys |
Assign up to 90 macros.
|Cruise Control |
Use Cruise Control to continue an action without having to hold down the key or keys assigned to the action. You can use Cruise Control with up to four keys at a time.
|WASD Gaming Keys |
Have front-face lighting for enhanced visibility.
|Two-Color Adjustable Backlighting |
Lighting dial adjusts the brightness of the keyboard and key pad.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I recently built a new computer, I decided to treat myself to a back-lit keyboard. I write quite a bit at night, don't like keeping my office lights on, and, while I can touch type, I do need to be able to see function keys, the number pad, music controls etc,. The sidewinder is on the (rather short) list of keyboards that have this feature.
But while I bought it for the backlighting, I'm keeping it because as a keyboard on ANY terms, it's great. Key action has just the right resistance and clickiness; it feels great and is never annoying. Travel is less than any other keyboard I have, though more than a laptop, and the keys don't stick up annoyingly far; they are flatter than other desktop keyboards I've worked with. The action is also firm and not spongy at all: stroke feels positive and reminds you that you are using a well-built keyboard. So for me, it's an "A" in ergonomics.
As for the unique features, the back-lighting is great, and fully adjustable from off to bright-but-not-obnoxious. Some folks have complained that you can't change the color, but I personally like red, and find color changing keyboards a bit gimmicky (and just one more thing that can go wrong). The vertical row of six keys on the left are fully programmable using the Microsoft software (download only, strangely - if you don't have a fast connection you'll be waiting a while as it isn't included on a CD).Read more ›
The first thing to be aware of, is the macros are driven by software driver. There is also a deficiency in the drivers that do not allow the macros to execute in games that require administrator mode in Vista. I know, I know this probably isn't a deficiency in the driver but in the game software. All I care is it doesn't work in Warhammer unless I disable User Access Control (UAC). Also this is a result of the decision to support macros via driver.
Also the num-pad switching position is nice, but I haven't found a use for it. If your hands must always be on the a,w,s,d for moving, then the number pad is too far out of reach to reach easily. I have yet to come up with a creative, and trainable solution but am going to keep trying. There has to be gold in there somewhere. (The num pad can be made to be all macro so I will probably start down that route.)
OK Those are my negatives, the positives:
The keys press firmly and nicely. The volume knob is very nice. And the dual lighting on the keyboard is very nice. I have a hard time finding these keys but I figure that is just a training issue, but the alignment feels different (I hit ~ a lot when going for the 1 key).
It goes very nice with my MS Gaming Mouse, although I have not found any particular synergies. The Macro keys on the left are nice but I still find them hard to get to with a pinky if I'm required to work my movement keys.
So all in all, a very good keyboard with a few issues with my play style and/or hand size (I have long fingers). I would give it 5/5 if weren't for the driver issue that interferes with my play patterns.
I am right handed, so this may seem a strange reason to recommend this keyboard, but ergonomically moving out the keypad puts the main part of the keyboard and the mouse closer together. You don't reach far to move the mouse. For regular and gaming use this is a big win.
As a gaming keyboard it is fine, and the keys feel adequate (not stellar). If Logitech made a keyboard with this break-off keypad design it would beat the Microsoft keyboard in most respects. But again, an adequate gaming keyboard with one really great feature.
I also like the big round knob used for controlling volume versus the usual + and - buttons.
Minor quibbles include the placement of the "Esc" key, I keep hitting F1 by mistake and that it has a non-detachable hand rest.
But the detachable keypad for ergonomic reasons makes this keyboard a "must have", and deserving of 5 stars despite minor problems.
The back light is bright but not offensive; the numberpad/macropad easily switches between sides and removes completely when not needed; macros are easy to program, though the macro programing ui could be a bit better (software complaint - the hardware is great!); and it feels really well made. The different modes makes it easy to turn off buttons that annoy me during game play (windows key, app key) without remapping them or using custom keybinding software (I realize that this came with just such software, but the button on the keyboard itself is much easier!).
All in all I love this thing and can't wait to play more games with it!! If you're in the market for an illuminated gaming keyboard that provides plenty of options, this is the one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Keyboard has ghosting issues. The keyboard arrived in a generic box so have no idea if it was actually new or used but it works finePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great, phenomenal, quality keyboard. I have been using this for years and everythings still works, including both knobs at the top, macros, and the moveable num-pad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Pittman
Was one of the best keyboards I had ever owned. If you are a lefty I would recommend this hands down!Published 4 months ago by Vince
Good keyboard, button presses are quiet which I like. Detachable 10-key is nice if you have a small keyboard tray. The knobs are nice as well, better than buttons I think. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kevin Smith
Well after a little over 6 years this thing is still going strong. All the keys and the back-lighting still work perfectly; but several keys have lost most of their paint (as can... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Doctor Baconlung
Paint wore off the wasd keys and the volume control messed up so bad it made windows unusable. I used this keyboard for 3 years before I bought a new one, and wow am I glad I got... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Yogimus
No one seems to know how to use this keyboard correctly for gaming.
You put the keypad on the left because as most people are right handed this lets you control your... Read more