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Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Keyboard

3.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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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Technical Details
BrandMicrosoft
Product Dimensions44.4 x 24.4 x 8 cm
Item model numberAGB-00006
SeriesAGB-00006 Sidewinder X6
  
Additional Information
ASINB001DC9TB0
Best Sellers Rank 81,805 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.9 Kg
Date First Available15 Oct. 2008
  
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The switchable key pad makes the SideWinder X6 Keyboard ideal for gaming as well as productivity.


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While the build quality of the X6 is great, as is the feel, it has some major flaws that a "gaming" keyboard should never have.

-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.
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After a small hiccup over delivery, which meant that Amazon refunded the overnight delivery charges (nice), I finally got my hands on this keyboard. It comes in a cardboard box, that through not wanting to destroy it, took a bit of figuring out how to open. Inside was the keyboard, the seperate numberpad, 2 small booklets, and one CD.

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.
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The one I've just received (sold by Amazon, not 3rd party) is UK layout and with 64 bit Win 7 compatible software on disc, tho I dl'ed the latest version from MS before plugging in regardless.

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.
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I read other comments about the US keyboard layout and still decided to purchase this very pretty keyboard. I bought it from bumperbargains and I actually have a UK keyboard layout so I would recommend to check with the individual sellers about that.
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 ^-^
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I was coming from a different angle when I ordered this, I didn't choose it for gaming but because of the compact option. I was looking at a separate laptop-layout keyboard and number pad, and this jumped out at me. You benefit from a standard desktop-style layout including the bank of 6 keys and the 4 standard cursors, and can fit the number pad if required and remove it if you don't need it. That gives me more space to my immediate right to use a mouse or graphics pad without reaching around a rarely used number pad.

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.
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