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Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard

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Model

Brand
Microsoft
Model
SIDEWINDER X4

Keyboard Connection Type

Keyboard Interface
USB

Keyboard SPEC

Design Style
Gaming
Palm Rest
Yes
Mechanical Keyboard
No
Keyboard Color
Black

Type

Type
Wired

Features

Features
PRECISE CONTROL
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.

DESIGNED FOR GAMING
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.

TOTAL IMMERSION
Backlit keys
Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus "off".

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

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • awrlewis
  • 4/18/2014 3:49:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Keyboard

Pros: Great keyboard. Everything I need without feeling cumbersome. Has a good touch. One year in and keys don't stick. Calculator button is convenient for me...yeah!

Cons: Haven't found a great use for the 6 hotkeys on the left (S1-S6). They don't appear readily compatible with games I play (Dota 2, Starcraft II), so I just work around it with mouse buttons and other combinations.

Other Thoughts: Wish there were options for the LED backlight. I would have gotten white or blue if they were available.

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  • Donald
  • 4/18/2014 10:31:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWell made, but bad key layout

Pros: Great worksmanship on this product. I really wish I felt comfortable giving it a higher recommendation based on hardware alone (see Cons below).

The backlighting is fantastic in low-light situations. Keys feel great, no problems ghosting, no sticky keys, no buffer overflows. Keys are easy to pop off and clean under, compared to what I've used in the past. Key design is good at keeping food, etc debris from falling in.

Very reliable. I am NOT gentle on my equipment (dropped it, tripped on the cord, etc) and this thing has held up like a champ. No sign of wear.

Wrist rest always felt good to me. I sometimes play on a 40" TV from a recliner with the keyboard in my lap, and it is very comfortable from this position as well.

Has a calculator button which I like. Overall aesthetic is visually pleasing.

Cons: My major gripe with this keyboard is the key layout: it's different than any other keyboard I've ever used and feels extremely unintuitive. I am 6'1 with large hands and have the same problems numerous others have mentioned: hitting the wrong keys, hands losing the 'home' position while gaming, etc. Typing is also a little bit harder (not that you cared about that, right?).

Having gamed for 10+ years on 'normal' layout keyboards, I just can't the hang of using it even after a year. If you have no problem switching between different key layouts, e.x. standard to laptop to mac, etc. then go for it. If you have a hard time gaming on laptop keyboards or other small keyboards, I suggest looking elsewhere.

The up/down volume buttons don't work great, a knob would have been better. No easy access Windows Key disable like a lot of gaming keyboards feature.

Other Thoughts: No Macro/function keys, I'm neutral on this because I don't use those anyways.

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  • Sujeali
  • 4/7/2014 9:11:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat keyboard!

Pros: Comfortable to use; the keys feel really nice when typing. Really like the fact that the board adjusts to various applications. The lights are also pretty neat.

Cons: It's a pretty large board considering that it comes with a numerical keypad, but that was to be expected.

Other Thoughts: I haven't gotten many chances to use this bad boy but I'm liking what I've seen so far. Will provide more feedback if anything changes!

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  • JPJones
  • 4/5/2014 6:53:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It works well. Nicely laid out and I really like the red LEDs. Easy on the eyes but bright enough to see. Very responsive but the keystroke is a little long.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My old microsoft media keyboard finally died and I needed a replacement. After having been on an old PS2 keyboard for a month this is just lovely.

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  • N/A
  • 4/5/2014 11:17:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks really good with the orange back lit keys. Lots of macro key settings for gaming. Built in volume control and video controls

Cons: None so far.

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  • Justin
  • 4/3/2014 6:26:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Buy

Pros: Cheap-ish, good build quality. Backlight works well and keys tap nicely.

Cons: Volume up and down key presses can sometimes queue up for up to 30 seconds. Successive presses end up being much more responsive though. Likely a driver issue.

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  • 4/2/2014 9:49:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 years and still killing peeps

Pros: Been under heavy usage in MMO's and FPS games without issues for 2 years

Keys feel great to me even after years of use
Backlighting is nice
Very responsive

Cons: Red LEDs
Wrist rest is ... not uncomfortable, but not comfortable either
F-keys as stated by many are small

Other Thoughts: 2 years under heavy use / abuse from me and my son and it's still fine. He even wants one for his new build.
Price is nice now. Wish it was low when I bought mine :)

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  • HSLilAce
  • 3/29/2014 10:01:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOne big basket of NOPE

Pros: Great for use as a standard keyboard.
Easy set up.
Macro buttons.
Lights.
Dedicated calculator button.

Cons: Horrible for use as a gaming keyboard.

While playing Titanfall, the keyboard will frequently stop working. Button presses would freeze, so whatever buttons were depressed at the time of the freeze would be constantly outputted to the game. I would occasionally run in one direction with no control over my avatar whatsoever. It's so bad that my mouse even freezes up and my computer stops responding to any input commands.

At times the input would lag for a half second or more.

After boot, macros are unresponsive for a good 3 seconds before activating. I would start up my computer, use it normally for 10 minutes, then try a macro. Nothing happens for a moment, and then the macro plays afterwards.

The keys feel slightly flimsy. Actuation distance and force aren't that high so it takes getting used to. And there's no satisfying "click" like with a mechanical.

Other Thoughts: I bought this after returning a bricked Razer BlackWidow for a full refund (botched firmware upgrade). It was cheap and I was low on funds (recently proposed to my gf, ring set me back about a paycheck).

My next board will definitely be either WASD or DAS.

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  • Marc M
  • 3/29/2014 8:31:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent and cheap pickup

Pros: Good keyboard for the price. The keys are responsive, and I haven't noticed any lag or issues in input. I like the illuminating backing, though I would be willing to pay a bit more for changeable color. The macros seem easy to set up and would be handy if I played more MMOs or RPGs.

Cons: I was a bit disappointed with the shiny black plastic that makes up most of the keyboard. It picks up a lot of fingerprints and looks a little too grimy after about a month of use. Not sure why they opted for this material where your hands would be located, so that's my 1 egg off.

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  • Cardennarfha
  • 3/28/2014 8:16:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMacros do not work

Pros: If you play DAOC and want to become angry, then this is the keyboard for you.

Cons: Does not work for Dark Age of Camelot.

Other Thoughts: Macro keys are not recognized in Dark Age of Camelot. MY old Logitech keyboard worked fine in the game. I figured I would replace it with trustable Microsoft keyboard because i didnt want to test fate...MS hardware should run right with virtually everything. Alas...macros dont do anything in Dark Age of Camelot, the LONE gaming application i bought a GAMING keyboard for, Box is in the garbage. I am stuck with this piece of junk, and very unhappy.

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