Conclusion: The Microsoft Sidewinder X6 is packaged and presented like most Microsoft products in a box that gives a lot of information on the product and shows the product in a large picture. You're given everything you need to get up and running and you're not left wondering what the product is about. The Microsoft Sidewinder X6 looks like a gaming keyboard with a lot of sharp corners and a fair collection of auxiliary keys.
Pros: 90 Macro Keys, Switchable number pad, Solid, hard plastic, Good skid resistance, Backlit keys, Media keys
Conclusion: Aesthetically the SideWinder X6 is a well designed and sleek looking keyboard. For the price there are a lot of extras that other keyboards do not have or cost much more. The ability to use up to ninety Macros is unfathomable to me but for those who play games such as World of Warcraft and their ilk that may actually not be enough. The backlight is luminous at full power but can be easily toned down using the Lighting Dial.
Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard and Sidewinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse
19 April 2009
Summary: The Microsoft
Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard and Sidewinder X8 Wireless Gaming Mouse are superb
and have all the elements of what a gaming system would need. From phenomenal
performance and sensitivity from the wireless mouse to full packed features with
programmable buttons on both the mouse and the keyboard, hard core gamers cannot
go wrong with this winning combination.
Summary: This is a great gaming / casual keyboard for the control-freak in all of us with real-time macro recording functionality, an admirable design and color scheme, and deserves credit for improving on its predecessor.
Pros: Good key sensitivity, Control dials for volume & back-light level, Great software package, Calculator shortcut key on Numeric keypad, Relocatable / detachable Numeric keypad
Cons: Non-removable wrist rest, Badly positioned Escape (ESC) key, No height adjustment, No integrated USB hub for mice, No official MacOS X, Linux support, No USB cable storage compartment
Summary: The Microsoft Sidewinder X6 keyboard has all the features one would want except for being a wireless. The tactile feedback on each of the keys is nearly perfect with a very soft click with each keystroke. The overall size of the keyboard is about the same as the average when measuring the length of the keyboard, but the width from top to bottom will be a bit larger than most due to wrist pad along the bottom edge.
Excerpt: Thanks to its movable number pad, the Microsoft SideWinder X6 keyboard may be a dream come true for gamers who use lots of macros. Gamers not into macros should still appreciate the X6's gaming prowess.
Pros: Even backlighting, Tons of macros, Swappable number pad
Cons: No internal memory to store macros, Lacks USB, mic, and headphone ports
Gaming keyboard with 90 programmable macro keys and a detachable number pad.
Good Gear Guide.au
2 September 2009
Summary: A pretty impressive gaming keyboard; for macro freaks, the 90 programmable keys should prove very enticing and the host of controls combined with the detachable number pad make for a very flexible unit.
Pros: Detachable number pad, 90 programmable macro keys, media controls, short keys make for a fast typing experience, cool cruise control system
Excerpt: Supplier: Microsoft Brand: Microsoft Website: www.microsoft.com RRP: R859 Star Rating: 5/5 Review By: NAG Magazine (January 2009) MICROSOFT’S LATEST SALVO INTO the gaming keyboard wars is the new SideWinder X6, and right off the bat, this keyboard gives the G15 a run for its money. This just might be the most intimidating-looking keyboard ever made. If Batman were to build himself a gaming rig, this would be his weapon of choice.
Excerpt: Gamers demand more from their keyboards than most. Not only do they require indestructible build quality to withstand frantic key bashing, but they also want macro recording, media keys and, if possible, some superfluous LEDs to add interest. Microsoft's latest ticks all of these boxes, plus it has an unusual trick: the number pad, attached to the main device magnetically, can be pulled off and moved to the other side of the Qwerty keys.