Summary: While I still mourn the now extinct MS X-6 keyboard, one of the best ever made, the x-6 was serviceable and reasonably priced. I don't know who/what prompted them to price them into the stratosphere, but I would tell anyone looking at these, forget it.
Pros: Keys feel great for typing More macro options than anyone could possibly need backlighting works well Media keys and rotary volume control are awesome When it was priced sanely, it was worth the price
Cons: Not very sensitive for a gaming keyboard Rubber and lettering rubbed off less than a year after purchase One of the most expensive non-mechanical keyboards out there Not worth more than about $60-$80
Summary: I am astounded to see that the price of this keyboard is now twice what it was when I bought this one, less than a year ago. It certainly isn't as well-made as the first one I purchased. Oh MS, why did you stop making the X-6? That was the perfect keyboard. Oh well.
Pros: Keys feel good for typing. Well-spaced keys; plenty of macro keys; full set of media keys
Cons: Keys are much more cheaply coated, and the coating came off the A-S-D-E less than a year after purchase. Space bar is not as responsive as other gaming keyboards. Backlighting is barely enough if the room is darkened.
Summary: Buy a mechanical keyboard if you regularly game. This looks nice, but it will fail on you.
Pros: Attractive keyboard with back-lit keys for low light gaming.
Cons: Membrane keys. If you're a regular gamer the keys will wear out. The thin rubber springs will tear with any repetitive use. About the time the warranty ran out the membranes actually started to tear and could no longer hold the weight of the keys. The life of this keyboard can be extended if you ...
Pros: Looked like it had good potential for the price. Has good functionality with the extra keys.
Cons: Keys would constantly stick up, which is horrible when gaming. I would have to double hit keys sometimes to actually get them to engage. Finally gave up and found an old Dell keyboard that worked better.
Summary: I have a standard Dell keyboard at the office, I believe that the Saitek mimics the Dell a lot, so that there is no adjustment from work to home in how I type. With the Sidewinder, there was. I know I'm not the only person who feels this way.
Pros: Illumination on this thing is even and covers all keys, great when the lights are out. Keys are not loud in the slightest bit. Made it easier to do grad school work late at night.
Cons: Just too "compact".... My fingers are constantly hitting the Caps Lock, causing me to stop what I'm doing to undo it. I've already disconnected this thing and had a buddy give me his old Saitek Eclipse. Which is exactly what I replaced with the Sidewinder. To me, this one was simply a "dud"
Spacebar getting stuck or not registering only 18 months down the line.
Mr. L. Riley, Amazon
19 August 2014
Summary: It's okay when it works but I'm thoroughly disappointed by the switches. Though the keys are not mechanical they feel quite nice but unfortunately after about 18 months, my space bar repeatedly gets stuck.
Summary: Nachdem meine alte Tastatur so langsam das Ende erreicht hatte, brauchte ich eine Neue. Die Ansprüche waren nicht sehr hoch, es sollte eine Gaming - Tastatur sein, nicht zu teuer aber auch nicht zu billig und angenehm beim schreiben, sprich kein klappernder Anschlag.