Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard

I haven't had any hands-on experience with Microsoft's SideWinder keyboards.

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“Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard” amazon

• Microsoft's SideWinder X4 and X6's right side {Alt, ▤ Menu, Ctrl} is more to the right than standard gaming keyboard positions. Note the Alt is under /, while all Logitech Gaming Keyboards have it under between {,, .}. I don't know about gaming, but for programing or using Emacs, it's not good because you can't curl-in your thumb to press it.

• 6 extra function buttons, on the left side. For programers, you can make those do {Copy, Cut, Paste, Undo}, saves you lots hand contortion.

• Dedicated multimedia keys {, , , 🔇}. Nice. Some gaming keyboard don't have them, or make you use Fn.

Microsoft Sidewinder X6

MS Sidewinder x6 gaming keyboard
MS Sidewinder X6 gaming keyboard amazon

Sidewinder X6 is discontinued as of .

Interesting feature/differences:

Overall, i wouldn't recommend Microsoft gaming keyboard. Better are

logitech g710plus keyboard
Logitech G710+ Mechanical

If you want fancy shape, and detachable number pad, i recommend


Levetron Mech

All the above mentioned use mechanical key switches.