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Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Keyboard
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- Flexible design, choose right side or left side configuration
- Manually toggle the keyboard from standard mode to gaming modes
- The keyboard applies your custom profile to the application
- Assign up to 90 macros
- Cruise Control lets you continue an action without holding down the keys
- Record any sequence of keystrokes"even standard chat messages
- Front-face lighting for enhanced visibility
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The switchable key pad makes the SideWinder X6 Keyboard ideal for gaming as well as productivity.
Top Customer Reviews
-Ghosting. You cannot crouch+move+reload at the same time. Ctrl+WASD+R = No worky. One of your actions will be ignored.
-The volume adjuster is laggy. Increase the volume and it can take 60 seconds to actually increase it. So if you turn the dial too much, you can end up deafening yourself (or conversely end up not hearing something important)
There are other key combinations that dont work, but the one highlighted is the most obvious and commonly encountered one. For a supposed gaming keyboard to not support multiple keypresses is pretty reprehensible.
I tossed the CD aside, and downloaded the newest drivers direct from Microsoft. Upon plugging the keyboard in, the backlight came on instantly. I would have preferred a blue backlight, to match the Logitech keyboard it was replacing. It doesn't seem as bright as the Logitech backlight either, however, it does the job.
A short trial run, shows that the keys are slightly smaller than I was used to, but have a nice tactile feedback, despite being rubber-dome technology. Let me explain. The highest quality keyboards are usually known as "bendable spring" type. That is, the keys have an actual spring under them. The middle to low quality keyboards just have a small rubber dome under each key. The Sidewinder X6 is a rubber-dome type.
The backlight intensity and volume wheels on the top of the keyboard look a bit ugly in my opinion, but thats just an opinion. They do the job they are there for, and they work well. One issue I found almost immediately, was regarding all the buttons along the top edge of the keyboard. They make it a bit awkward to pick up the keyboard without accidentally pressing one. You have to get used to picking it up by the front edge. A minor niggle though.
The numberpad is detachable, and connects via a rectangular usb-style plug on either side of the main deck, and is held in place by two small magnets. Given the strength of the magnets, I will hazard a guess that they are neodynium magnets.Read more ›
Extremely nice board to work with - solid keys, nice return action, and the illumination is just right. The light shines through characters on individual keys at about the same luminosity as the light between the keys, and there is never any problem with overillumination.
I got this because I wanted to write at midnight and it was cheaper than the Logitech illuminated keyboard by about 20 quid at the time of writing. The red illumination is, I think, more cool than the white one offered by Logitech, so I can't see any reason to cough up more dough for that one.
Once I opened the box and attached the magnetic number pad, I noticed just how big the whole keyboard actually is. I would double check the size of your desk because it is a bit of a squeeze on mine with a mouse.
The LED lighting is even and very clear in the dark, it also works on the numberpad keys.
The keys are a little stiff but seem perfect for me so I can rest my hands ontop of the keys without pressing buttons accidently.
Overall I love the keyboard and don't regret the cost. It certainly is a gamers keyboard ^-^
I bought this as part of a disability adjustment package for a university course and it's excellent. I have fingertip control of useful things like volume, and I love the media control keys to pause and play my audio material instead of swapping and changing mouse, keyboard. The macro keys have been very handy for recording repetitive things like writing addresses, candidate numbers, etc.
As ever the driver disc which comes with it is old technology so don't use it, look for the up to date drivers. It did take me a little searching to find the correct site but once there it was very easy - enter product description, enter operating system, download and install. I hear there can be lots of problems installing the driver, but again there is a help online to show you what to do and in what order to fix the problem, but I didn't experience any issues, possibly because I skipped to the up to date drivers, I don't know.
I did dock it one star just for flexibility - there is no pop-up stand underneath so you are stuck with the keyboard angle that Microsoft deem suitable, which is not steep enough for me. I'd also like the big wrist rest at the front to be optional, but it doesn't pop off. Oh, and it's NOISY! If you are driven mad by the clicking of keys you don't want to choose this keyboard option for sure, it echoes like a pony is going past your computer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant. Outlasted my previous 3 cheep keyboards. Well worth the cost and cheeper in the long run.Published 16 months ago by moonlake
- My nails have removed the printed letters on some of the keys; W, S, D, N and ;.
- Volume control sometimes takes a few seconds to respond. Read more
Still using this today after buying this years ago.
The macro buttons are broken, but I dont use them anyway. Read more
What a funky Keyboard!
Bought for my son.
American layout on the Keyboard buy glows in the dark. How good is that!!
The keyboard feels solid until you come to use it.
The cluster of keys at 3,4,e and r became insensitive. Read more
Had mine for 3 months already faulty, multiple issues but one big one the key "e" and "4" you have to slam them down to work, also volume dial is delayed and as time went on i... Read morePublished on 23 May 2012 by Sam84
Bought this ~7/8 months ago. First one I had lasted about 6 months before it developed intermittent faults in certain keys (a square block around characters u,i,o,p,7,8,9,0). Read morePublished on 7 May 2012 by Barry Smyth
After having this keyboard for 6 months around 7 different keys are useless. You have to hit the keys so hard for them to work, makiing it impossible to type a sentence without... Read morePublished on 25 April 2012 by AlexDaLarge
I got this keyboard for a real bargain price and can say that overall I am really pleased with it.
As far as the seller is concerned there service was excellent with great... Read more