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Finally got around to trying another keyboard after returning my Black Widow.


I heard about the key rollover on the Sidewinder so I figured I would try it out.


The box says 26-key rollover, but I could only get 16 to register at any one time. Maybe its a limitation of the software, IDK. The point it, I'm not going to call it 16 key rollover. I'm going to call it more keys than I have finger rollover, because thats all that matters. Using both hands I have yet to find a key combination that doesn't register, which is miles better than the Black Widow, where ZXC doesn't even work.

The feel of the keys is pretty nice as well. They are maybe just a little too stiff for my liking but I'll adjust. Typing on it is actually nicer than on the Black Widow. The keys are pretty shallow so its easier to glide over the keyboard. Pressing the same key multiple times is a bit slower than on the Black Widow, simply because of the membrane, but on the whole, I make less mistakes on the Sidewinder.

The only thing I really don't like is that the palm rest is fixed, and combined with the shallow keys the space bar can get a bit uncomfortable to press. Its just a minor adjustment thing, and the palm rest is nice, but I would have liked the option to remove it.


The media controls are nice as well, in that they work reliably in both Foobar2000 and Winamp, even when I'm playing TF2, which is a huge plus. The function keys are really thin. I guess this was to make room for the larger media buttons. I would have preferred thick function keys and thin media controls, but they aren't really all that bad. Theres also key specifically for the calculator. Its remappable, but still mildly amusing.


The software is also typical of Microsoft of late. It runs silently in the background, with no annoying tray icons, taking up just 400kb of ram, which is way better than anything I've had from Logitech and Razor. I refuse to install SetPoint on my computer.

There are also ridges on the W key to help you find your way back to WASD, and ridges on the even numbered macro keys as well.

I still have yet to find a use for the macro keys though. I guess its just an OS limitation, but I would have liked to see unique keypresses for the macro keys. I have MOUSE4 on my G5 bound to last disguise in TF2, but I can't do the same for the keyboard, since there is no KEYBOARD1. I suppose I could just set the macros to unused keys in TF2, but I would have liked to do without the hassle.

The red backlighting is nice as well. I missed it when my Eclipse died.


Overall, for $45 I think this is an amazing keyboard. At close to half the price of the Blackwidow it smashes it in 9/10 features, and throws in sensible backlighting as well. The feel of the keys is only a small part the overall experience, and honestly its something you have to think about to notice. Going from a mechanical keyboard to a membrane will feel bad for about 10 minutes until your fingers adjust to the difference in pressure.

Plus, along with the X6 I think this is the only (essentially) n-key rollover keyboard with macro keys.
    
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post #2 of 22
Agreed. I love this keyboard..
One minor complaint, and I'm not even sure its the keyboards fault.
While in game in BC2 after I die, I will check stats or any one of 100 other things I get into having to wait a whole 20 seconds to respawn . When I respawn tho sometimes my shift key doesn't work. If I press esc, then esc again it will reenable my shift key. Kinda pisses me off sometimes.
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The Sidewinder X4 NKRO is limited by the USB protocol and good old Windows. Even PS/2 keyboards aren't generally truly N where N=104 keys for example. You start hitting OS and application SW limits.

Not that it matters. 6KRO is good enuf.

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The SideWinder X4 keyboard can simultaneously report:

* Any combination of up to 17 Alphanumeric and Navigation keys,
* + Any combination of the 7 Modifier keys,
* + One Media Control Key ,
* + One SideWinder Gaming Macro key.
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I probably will. I like to give my gaming peripherals a week or two before I commit to keeping them. The X4 is $45 on newegg, but I paid $85 in Futureshop. If I like it I'll just order one from Newegg and return this one to Futureshop. Maybe not the most ethical thing to do, but IMO but it serves them right for charging $85 for a $45 keyboard.
    
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i think you should just pricematch it at futureshop... they give you an extra 10% off too.
    
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Where is them high res pikchures
    
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Where is them high res pikchures
Who do I look like? Marin?


You get pichers from my Desire, and I had to take the back off to get even these shots, because it seems the only thing that HTC forgot to scratch proof on the device is the lens cover.






Kinda want to turn this one into wallpaper.






Palm rest is textured, and I love it:



Backlight tends to look a little pink in the light:



Lol keyboard button:





I've almost become accustomed to the keyboard. I absolutely love the feel of the keys now. They are just satisfying to press, its not better or worse than a mechical keyboard, its just... different. I'll occasionally hit shift instead of control, but thats going away too.
    
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Looks great, but the pictures look like you took them with your phone.
    
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Well thats because I did...
    
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