Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard review: Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard

In addition, there's an interesting "cruise-control" button that lets you teach the keyboard a specific keystroke (up to four buttons pressed simultaneously) which it will then repeat for you whenever you'd like. While some might call this cheating, it's certainly useful for mundane tasks you may have to do in a role-playing or real-time-strategy game.

If you're playing games in Vista, a dedicated Game Explorer button will allow you to instantly navigate and choose which game to launch. Unfortunately, this feature won't work with Windows XP.

The Sidewinder X6 has other vanity controls as well. Adjacent to the backlight dimmer knob, you get a volume control knob. The keyboard also has media control buttons, as well as a dedicated calculator key. In terms of comfort, the Sidewinder didn't really wow us with any sort of advanced ergonomics. In fact we actually found it quite irritating during everyday typing. The built-in hard plastic wrist pad provides no cushioning, nor is it removable, which prevents you from using a wrist rest you're more comfortable with. Also, you get no drop-down feet to raise the height of the keyboard. Almost every keyboard we've ever seen has the ability to change its height and the fact that it's not included here feels like an oversight, given that it's such an easy feature to add. We did, however, like the feel of the keys and their relatively silent operation; the X6 has a certain unique smoothness to it that we really enjoyed.

While we didn't quite enjoy the X6 for everyday typing, the experience we had while using it to play games was a lot better. Even though its angle isn't adjustable, the default positioning of the board is great for resting your fingers at the default "WASD" key positions. Our trial runs with Left 4 Dead and Far Cry 2 proved that we could easily spend hours playing comfortably.

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Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Gaming Keyboard

Part Number: AGB-00001 Released: Sep 15, 2008
MSRP: $79.95 Low Price: $379.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Sep 15, 2008
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Compatibility PC