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Microsoft Sidewinder X4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1928 reviews of Microsoft Sidewinder X4. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. People really like the durability and reliability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the size.

usability, price, design, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the Microsoft Sidewinder X4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Sidewinder X4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 442 user reviews of Microsoft Sidewinder X4 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and durability are on the whole positive. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

price, usability, size, durability, design

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 KeyboardMicrosoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Sidewinder X4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 450 user reviews of Microsoft Sidewinder X4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.com. Opinions about the durability and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, design, durability

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft SideWinder X4 KeyboardMicrosoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (itp.net)

Microsoft Sidewinder X4

 

Microsoft has a wide range of peripherals with the Sidewinder X4 targeting cash strapped gamers looking for a gaming keyboard

While the X4 isn’t as feature rich as the X6, its anti-ghosting gives it an edge that make it a worthy gaming buy.

Nov, 2010

EDITOR'S CHOICE SILVER AWARD

Expert review by: Chris Reynolds (hardware-pacers.com)

Microsoft Sidewinder X4

 

The Microsoft Sidewinder series gaming keyboards are top-of-the-line, highly functional gaming products that are excellent additions to any gamer's computer system. The These gaming keyboards are packed full of assignable keys that...

The Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Gaming Keyboard and Sidewinder is a superb productand have all the elements of what a gaming system would need. From phenomenal performance to full packed features with programmable buttons on the keyboard, hard core gamers...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Bill (maximumcpu.net)

Read Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

 

Microsoft's new keyboard product is being marketed with emphasis on a new technology called “anti-ghosting”. “Ghosting“ is the phenomenon when multiple keys are pressed, but not all are accurately recorded and transmitted to the computer because of...

Stylish keyboard ; Plug-and-play functionality including multimedia keys and backlight ; Advanced functionality (macros) ; Hardware Anti-Ghosting technology performs as presented

Less-than-ideal tactile feedback on keys (it is a keyboard, after all)

The SideWinder X4 is probably the most efficient “anti-ghosting” keyboard available, and it’s a fine keyboard outside of that context. In principle, every keyboard should be “anti-ghosting”, but the truth is that it's not really needed in a majority of...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Maximum CPU (maximumcpu.net)

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

 

Stylish keyboard, Plug-and-play functionality including multimedia keys and backlight, Advanced functionality (macros), Hardware Anti-Ghosting technology performs as presented

Less-than-ideal tactile feedback on keys (it is a keyboard, after all)

May, 2010

Expert review by: Chad (techarkade.com)

Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

 

After the apparent success of the Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard, Microsoft decided to produce a "value" version. The Sidewinder X4 reduces some of the features of the X6 to reduce the price while gaining a more advanced anti-ghosting system. Will the...

Overkill status new anti-ghosting technology ; Responsive but comfortable key feel

Looks basic compared to its older brother, the X6 ; Overpriced when comparing features ; Significant drop in macros / cruise control

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Kristofer Brozio (dragonsteelmods.com)

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard Review

 

Unlikeother Microsoft gaming products this keyword is entirely designed bythe folks at Redmond. The Microsoft Sidewinder X4 looks like a basickeyboard with the addition of media and macro keys. The Sidewinder X4is missing some knobs and buttons found...

ProgrammableMacros ; Backlit keyboard ; Wellconstructed

Fingerprintmagnet ; Softwareis limited in programming media keys ; Standardkeyboard with some macro/media buttons

For theSidewinder X4 Microsoft seems to have taken the basic keyboard designand added some macros and multimedia keys; otherwise what you see iswhat you get. The Sidewinder X4 is Microsoft's low-cost, low-endversion of a gaming keyboard that falls...

Mar, 2010

Silver Award

Expert review by: Lersar (lanoc.org)

Microsoft Sidewinder X4

 

Microsoft's Sidewinder line, specialized gaming peripherals for the PC, is starting to see quite a few pieces in it's roster. You may recall the Sidewinder X6, their first keyboard made entirely themselves, with several great features that appeal to...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Microsoft SideWinder X4

 

As with most electronics, and it's no different with gaming keyboards, the leading products are fairly similar. The Microsoft SideWinder X4 is a well built, responsive and convenient keyboard. It's been tried and tested by many gamers and is preferred...

The SideWinder X4 is an optimized and less expensive gaming keyboard option

This keyboard doesn't have the Microsoft unique detachable number pad or Cruise Control

The X4 is good choice for any gamer who wants the important stuff and not so many extras.

Expert review by: David Price (goodgearguide.com.au)

Microsoft SideWinder X4 keyboard (preview)

 

We'll post a more detailed review once we've given the hardware a longer examination, but first impressions from half an hour of gaming, typing and general messing about with Microsoft's SideWinder X4 gaming keyboard are favourable.

Interesting collection of features ;

We're yet to complete our full range of tests ;

The all-important typing action seems good once you get used to the relatively heavy feel to the keys - presumably in deference to the considerable demands of long gaming sessions. The keys are nicely spaced - this is a pretty hefty piece of kit, with...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: David Price (techadvisor.co.uk)

Microsoft SideWinder X4 review

 

The biggest concern, Microsoft says, was that multiple keystrokes were periodically failing to register, a particular issue for players of real-time strategy games with their notoriously numerous and complex hotkey shortcuts.

Microsoft's SideWinder X4 gaming keyboard is a robust product with some interesting and useful gamer-oriented features: the standout is anti-ghosting, which should provide smooth, stumble-free hotkey action. The gaming-friendly design and number of...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

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/profile switching, adjustable backlighting for playing in dim conditions, and more. Plus, at the touch of a button, this customizable keyboard doubles as a high-performance keyboard for everyday computing.

Design

Backlight: Yes
Certification:WEEE, VCCI, KCC, BSMI, FCC, CB
Color of product:Black
Internal: No
Surface coloration:Monotone

Energy Management

Power source type:USB

Ergonomics

Cable Length:78.7

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Microsoft
Model:X4
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft SideWinder

Input Device

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Form Factor:External
Interface (DA):USB
Type:Keyboard

Keyboard

Built-in memory: Yes
Device interface:USB
Hot keys: Yes
Keyboard form factor:Standard
Keyboard integrated devices: No
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:104
Keyboard style:Straight
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Keys operating life:20
Numeric keypad: Yes
Programmable hot keys: Yes
Purpose:PC/server
Recommended usage:Gaming
Wrist rest: Yes

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Mouse

Mouse included: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP / Windows 7/Vista/XP
Depth:7.56
Minimum system requirements:USB port \nCD Drive\nMicrosoft IntelliType Pro 7.1
Width:19
Width (imperial):18.9

Packaging Content

Number of products included:1
User guide:Y

Packaging Data

Number of products included:1
User guide: Yes

Power

Power source type:USB

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: No
Minimum hard disk space:100
OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Weight & Dimensions

Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):19 x 7.6 x 0.984
Keyboard Weight:34.6