Microsoft SideWinder X4 keyboard
Microsoft isn’t all software, you know? The company does have had its fair share of forays into the world of hardware and peripherals, with their Xbox 360 gaming console being a standout alongside the Microsoft ergonomic mouse and keyboard which made quite a splash when they were introduced in the last century. Of course, the keyboard was particularly memorable as it came in a contoured form factor, complete with its keys split down the middle. While that made it comfortable for typing, it didn’t bode too well for some gamers who configured their keys to take up the middle section of the keyboard. Well, fast forward to the 21st century and we have the new Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard, a specially designed keyboard that offers gamers more control thanks to the industry’s most advanced anti-ghosting technology. Thanks to the advancements by the Applied Sciences Group, this new technology is able to enable the most complex key combinations during a hectic gaming session without missing a beat, featuring macro recording, mode and profile switching and adjustable backlighting among others.
What does anti-ghosting technology mean for the layman? Basically, it allows you to press up to 26 keys simultaneously, and since each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, the SideWinder X4 will register each key press correctly, independent of all the other keys being pressed at once. In other words, the SideWinder 4 Keyboard by far excels where other keyboards fail, allowing gamers to execute key combinations that will be able to keep up with your skill and speed.
Other features include macro recording which allows lets them string together multiple moves into a single button press, while automatic macro repetition is a new feature which allows one to repeat the macro time and again with just a single key. Mode and profile switching is also supported, providing an extremely easy way to customize the keyboard for various games and users, with adjustable backlighting allowing one to set the right lighting level whenever you game in the dark. Expect to pick up the SideWinder X4 Keyboard later next month for $59.95 – to be sure you get a copy, Amazon allows you to place a pre-order later this week.