Reviews and Problems with Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard
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I did love this keyboard BUT
30 January 2013
Summary: I was a huge fan of this keyboard when I got it. Eventually the black wears off the keys so that you can't read the letters though! Not a big problem for me since I don't look at my hands when typing but it doesn't look pretty in the dark anymore :-(
Summary: Bought to replace a MS Media keyboard that broke. Have been doing more gaming lately so I thought I'd give this one a try because it had a good price, good features and basically good reviews. Installation was somewhat less than straightforward but was eventually taken care of with several downloads and a couple of reboots. (-1) Pictures of the keyboard show a slanted wrist rest that looked like it would be OK.
Summary: I initially gave this 5 stars out of excitement; I had never purchased a "gaming keyboard" before and was dazzled by it. But after 6 months of use I am quite dissatisfied and I feel that it is an overrated product. -First of all, my S key is wearing out already. The backlight shines directly through it.
Summary: If you're a gamer then you will likely be doing a lot of button mashing on and around the WASD keys. You expect these keys to be illegible because the paint will eventually flake off completely. Long fingernails can expedite this process if you have a girlfriend with them . In addition, the shiny frame of the keyboard is a fingerprint magnet. The macro software is somewhat frustrating.
Summary: OK, I type a LOT. This is my primary keyboard, used every day for hours. That's no excuse for the black coating on the top to wear off, exposing the backlighting. Not what I expected from Microsoft (dummy!). Good keyboards have molded-in letters, these are just painted on. Beware.
Summary: I bought this keyboard to replace my Razer Lycosa, which had a problem with dying every so many months. (I went through four of them.) This keyboard was recommended by several friends. Here are my thoughts: 1) The backlighting is... cool but not really all that great. It's honestly not noticeable but it's a nice feature. 2) The anti-ghosting works. That's a plus. I haven't noticed any ghosting with this keyboard, and I do not use the standard WASD.
Summary: I kept making typos on this keyboard, and couldn't figure out what was up. Finally, I realized the keys were slightly closer together than I am used to, and seemed each key was slight smaller, everything was like a 7/8ths scale to me. I type about 100 words a minute, so it was very noticeable to me when I kept whacking the backspace to fix things. Also, the tactile feedback was lacking for my preference.
Summary: The keys are somehow small even though the overall dimension of the keys are the same as my previous keyboard. My fingers keep crashing into each other while typing. The wrist rest is very low and almost useless. The rubber feet on the bottom don't seem to be large enough to bit the desktop to prevent sliding. The key response is like a cheap laptop, but with taller keys. The function keys are half height and hard to hit.
Summary: I'll compare this keyboard to the Logitech G110 since both are targeted at the gaming community. I realize that a better comparison might have been with the Sidewinder X6 (which is priced closer to the G110), but I only have the X4 and the G110 at hand. Please interpret/extrapolate this comparison as appropriate.
Summary: I was extremely disappointed with the basic function of this keyboard. The fancy stuff all works flawlessly. The extra function keys, the macro keys, the several keys being pressed at once. But the most fundamental function of a keyboard is where this thing fails. Keys that you press are supposed to come back up. I bought this thing less than 6 weeks ago. It gets used only every other week and within 2 weeks the space bar started sticking.