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Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

by Microsoft
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)

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  • PC / Mac
  • Keyboard
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Backlit keys--Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus “off.”
  • Media keys--Access Play/Pause, Previous Track, Next Track, and Mute.
  • Volume control
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandMicrosoft
Product Dimensions50.2 x 22 x 6 cm
Item model numberJQD-00006
SeriesSidewinder X4
  
Additional Information
ASINB0037KLSS8
Best Sellers Rank 10,766 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available8 Feb 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

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/profi le 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:

     

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.

 

Backlit keys
Adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus “off.”

 

 

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 Description

Microsoft SideWinder X4 - Keyboard - USB - UK


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Customer Reviews

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right 2 Jun 2010
By Andrew TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The X4 has a sleek design, and, at 48cm long, is no wider than most standard keyboards. This means it's ideally suited to both hardcore gaming and everyday computing -- which is a massive thing for me as I need a keyboard which does both reasonably well.

Like most SideWinder products, the X4 has a red backlight for gaming in low-light conditions, and a key along the top of the keyboard allows users to cycle though several brightness settings. I would have preferred blue or the ability to choose blue or red but that is reserved for higher end products and at this price I cannot grumble. The keys themselves have a pleasing bounce to them, and the travel distance is deep for a compact piece of hardware such as this.

The X4 has six macro keys, each of which can store three macros, allowing you to program 18 macros in total. A key at the top of the X4 allows you cycle through each bank of six macros. On-the-fly macro programming is simple enough just hit the record key, then the macro key you wish to assign the macro to, and finally plug in the keys you want recorded.

Although the keyboard will work as soon as you plug it into your computer's USB port, installing the included software lets you play around with the more advanced settings which is where being a gaming keyboard comes in. You can customise the media keys; programme macro banks to automatically associate with certain programs; and set up macro repeating, so that macros continually repeat until you stop them.

The keyboard input time is around 2 milliseconds so pretty quick.

The Microsoft SideWinder X4 is a decent piece of gaming kit that effectively doublesas a gaming keyboard and an everday typer. At the current price its a perfect balance between price and featurs and is onyl let down by the uncomfortable wrist rest, though that is down to personal preference I suppose.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good keyboard, but cramped in use (for me). 22 Dec 2010
By pipvac
Having owned many Microsoft periheral products in the past, including keyboards, and after reading the review here I was finally tempted to purchase this keyboard.

The finish and look of this keyboard is excellent, and would look great with almost anyones gaming rig. Macro programmability on the fly is quick and simple, and works well. All the function keys and media keys are well positioned for my use, and integrated nicely with the rest of the layout.

If I have one complaint, its the overall size of the keyboard. Perhaps I should have considered this more carefully in my purchasing decision. However, I do find the key spacings cramped for my large hands. Prolonged typing or gaming, can cause muscle strain on my fingers and around my knuckles.

Products ergonomics is a very personal thing, and this shouldn't distract you from the great functionality and built quality of this keyboard. My only counsel is if you have large hands, long fingers or a combination of the two, like myself, see if you can 'try' one in a store first to make sure its a good fit.

For the average gamer, I can heartily recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding all use keyboard! 27 April 2013
By Andy
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Packaging:
Very well presented box, very well packaged, features etc detailed on sides and back.

Build Quality:
Absolutely 5 stars, the keyboard is solid with a nice glossy finish that amazingly doesn't get dirty easily or attract dust, the keys are very responsive, have a reasonably low "drop height" so you don't have to mash each keypress, and unlike the more expensive mechanical keyboards the typing 'loudness' is relatively quiet, personally I cant stand the loud clickety-clack of some keyboards so I find this a major advantage. The wrist-bar rest cannot be de-attached, but I don't view this as a hinderance and it provides excellent grip and support. The clips on the back are thick and don't look to be the sort that will break easily, which is definitely a major plus point.

Software:
Non existant as such, literally plug and play and use the keyboard properties from control panel to customise the (very customisable) keyboard. The macros etc are easily setup, but to be honest I haven't actually found a use for them yet. The keyboard has 3 seperate profile options for easily switching if you want program/game specific differences on your keyboard, and utilisation of 6 different macros per profile.

Layout:
Ive been using the keyboard for a week and i'll be honest it takes some getting used to, the key issues I found was based on "unfamiliar" key positioning and size, at first was that the Escape key is not at the top left instead the profile button is, causing me to not cancel out of programs and instead, infuriatingly, switch profiles, then having to select that key again twice and move across to the actual in-laid escape key.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great keyboard, very useful. 7 May 2011
I spent quite a long time looking for a keyboard that was similar to the one I already had (and old DELL one) so I wouldn't need to get accustomed to the new key sizes and layout etc. I looked at the G15, G11, G110, some Saitek's amongst others. This stood out. Great value for money.

The macro keys on the right are handy and don't get in the way at all. They are also very easy to assign using the software that comes with the keyboard. With six keys and three different banks it gives you a total of 18 different functions you can assign to the left of the keyboard.

The keyboard response is very good, the keys go in a good distance and you know for sure when a key is pressed. It also features anti-ghosting which is fantastic for frantic online FPS games. It sends exactly what you hit and when you hit it, no more movement lag.

The extra media keys are also a highlight, play/pause, skip back/forward, mute, volume down/up. They are all very nifty if you need to hit something quick. They "Calculator" key above the numpad is a nice little thing for those quick calculations.

The back-lighting is one of the main reasons I purchased the board and it works like a dream. In the day time you can just turn it off. When the lights go out and you don't want to keep your room lit you can select from 3 different intensities of red to choose from and all of them make the keys very easy to see.

My only problem is that the board seems to be a bit of dust hound, especially on that glossy surface in between keys. Nothing a soft cloth won't take care of though. Does not warrant removing a star.

All in all this is a great keyboard that works well from everyday emails to online gaming. Would buy again if it broke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant keyboard
This is a brilliant keyboard. No regrets what so ever. Comfortable to use, good layout, lots of programable features. the anti ghosting works very well also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install and looks great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dabest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good gaming Board
This was purchased for my gaming, have found build quality excellent and not problems with use. Had it some time now and still love it.
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Published 2 months ago by Mr. DM Griffiths
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