Pros: This Sidewinder X4 was purchased for a customers new gaming PC build.
A quality backlit keyboard, for use mainly in RPG and RTS gaming, with a bit of FPS mixed in, was needed. Rubber dome for quieter operation.
I choose the Sidewinder X4 for his build based on the fact it was one of the few keyboards under $50 that I have used and liked.
Being a gamer and tech, I tend to be at my PC a lot, and thus my keyboards are under near constant use. So I almost always only buy high-end boards, and I switched to mechanical a while back.
The X4 is one of the few lower cost rubber dome boards that seems to be able to live up to my demanding expectations, so I figured it would be perfect for his first gaming PC build. He is very happy with it.
Overall Review: The board is working fantastically, and based on the customers feedback I would easily recommend the Sidewinder X4 to anyone looking for a quality, yet inexpensive, rubber dome keyboard for both gaming and general use.
Pros: Very simple macro setup either through the software, or with the quick macro button right on the keyboard!
Hot keys at top of board are nice for Windows media and volume control along with a mute button! Also has a nifty calculator button above the number pad for quick access of windows calculator!
Red back lights can be turned off if not needed, and there are three levels of brightness.
Built well, and appears durable. For the price this is a decent keyboard, works well not just for gaming but also for everyday use!
Cons: None at all!
Overall Review: The palm wrest is plastic and not soft rubber or silicone. I am thinking about taking a thin layer of rubber or something similar and just fasten it to the palm wrest with some double sided auto trim tape..........
Pros: good key response/resistance
6 programmable keys
backlighting with 3 brightness levels
Cons: paint has started chipping off of key letter etching after about 6 months
backlighting is only in red
Pros: -Red, my favorite color
-Qwerty, my favorite layout
-Rubber, my favorite wrist rest
-Quiet, my favorite noise level
-Programmable, my favorite buttons
Cons: -There's a button in the upper left that makes a beep but I have no idea what it does :3 I press it anyway because it's fun.
Overall Review: My kitten enjoys sleeping on it. Highly recommend as kitten bed.
Pros: While I did not really think the back lit keys would be a benefit its been awesome. Very little bleed-through from under the keys so it gives a sharper look to the keyboard. I have not yet used macros so no comment on that. I also don't have 12 fingers so I cannot test the claim that you can depress 12 keys at once. However I have pressed WSAD a bunch and many key combos with out any failure or lag from input to game. Unless you want a screen or some other misplaced bragging rights that you spend 100s on a keyboard this one is top notch. No its not metal it is plastic but I doubt you are going to use it to cut off zombie heads or depress keys with a hammer.
Cons: None so far
Pros: The keyboard is a pretty major upgrade from my previous Saitek Eclipse (very first version). Mainly because of the Anti-Ghosting. Some people say that it is more then needed, but not everyone is built the same. I use ESDF instead of WASD and I use the arrow keys in some games. Most keyboards have very selective anti-ghosting, but this keyboard fixes most of the problems I've had. The keys feel pretty good and the macro buttons work well.
Cons: The biggest problem I have with the keyboard is the left Caps Lock key. It is too close to the "A" key and I continuously accidentally hit the Caps Lock key. On other keyboards such as my laptop, there is a space between them or the key has a space that is half its normal height. The other problem I have it the wrist rest. I am not a fan of any wrist rest and sucked it up when I got this one since I knew it was not going to come off. But that aside, the wrist rest has a hard plastic cover that doesn't fall in line with the rest of the keyboard and makes it feel a bit cheap. Not to mention that it isn't too pleasing to rest your wrists or hands on it.
Overall Review: It should have a Windows key on the right side of the keyboard as well. Also, for some strange reason, the Windows key is disabled when I have my third set of macros set.
Pros: I have loved this keyboard since day one. Have owned it for about 6 months. What really pushed me to write this review is when I spilled a bottle of water on it about 20 minutes ago. Guess what I am typing this review with? A+
Pros: -Nothing has failed after almost 5 years
-macros and media buttons
-it has been dropped, stepped on, spilled on and in general taken a beating over the years and not a single thing broke. It will last a long time.
-not mechanical, but the keys still feel nice
Cons: -After a while, the coating on the keys I use most (WASD) has worn off and the letters are now giant smudges. It's not a big deal to me and it's the only quality issue.
-The media buttons don't work in some programs, and tend not to work when in a fullscreen application or game.
-Software is not the best. But it's not the worst
Overall Review: I bought this keyboard about 4 years ago for the sale price of $30. Multiple people I know bought it as well and loved it. This is a great keyboard but for the price I paid, not the current price of $265. I honestly don't know what the deal is with the price going up so much. DO NOT PAY MORE THAN $60 FOR THIS PRODUCT.
Overall it's probably one of the best non-mechanical keyboards out there for someone who is a gamer but also needs to type the occasional essay.