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Microsoft Sidewinder X4

Microsoft Sidewinder X4
alaScore 88

1255 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1255 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and build quality. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, design, usability, build quality, size

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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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.


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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...

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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...


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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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Amazon review summary for Microsoft Sidewinder X4


alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 user reviews of Microsoft Sidewinder X4 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards on

design, build quality, value for money, usability, size

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

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Great keyboard


WPM went up by 12 from my old keyboard (I don't know how) ; Backlighting ; Price is very good

Wrist rest should be made from a different material but its fine ; F keys are a bit small ; Windows key still has Win 7 logo

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Great for gaming.


Great kb for the value, though I think my next kb will be mechanical. That said, this KB will probably last for many more years...I'll probably spill something on it and ruin it before it starts to fall apart.

Great feel on the keys. Nice tactile resistance. Lights are nice. Macros are Macros. No issues with response time or multiple key presses. Good price (got for 30$ last year)

Only glows red. Not mechanical. Can't be flat (always at an angle)

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.


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Microsoft SideWinder

Input Device

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


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7