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Item#: N82E16823109191

3 out of 5 eggs One big basket of NOPE 03/29/2014

This review is from: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard - Retail


Great for use as a standard keyboard.
Easy set up.
Macro buttons.
Dedicated calculator button.


Horrible for use as a gaming keyboard.

While playing Titanfall, the keyboard will frequently stop working. Button presses would freeze, so whatever buttons were depressed at the time of the freeze would be constantly outputted to the game. I would occasionally run in one direction with no control over my avatar whatsoever. It's so bad that my mouse even freezes up and my computer stops responding to any input commands.

At times the input would lag for a half second or more.

After boot, macros are unresponsive for a good 3 seconds before activating. I would start up my computer, use it normally for 10 minutes, then try a macro. Nothing happens for a moment, and then the macro plays afterwards.

The keys feel slightly flimsy. Actuation distance and force aren't that high so it takes getting used to. And there's no satisfying "click" like with a mechanical.

Other Thoughts:

I bought this after returning a bricked Razer BlackWidow for a full refund (botched firmware upgrade). It was cheap and I was low on funds (recently proposed to my gf, ring set me back about a paycheck).

My next board will definitely be either WASD or DAS.

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