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Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard

Microsoft continues down the path of the dark side with an all new gaming series keyboard.
By: Andrew Jones | Keyboards in Peripherals | Posted: Oct 16, 2008 4:00 am

Rise my apprentice!


Rocking up with the previously reviewed SideWinder X5 mouse, I was lucky enough to receive an X6 keyboard to complete the desktop of evil.


This keyboard boasts a full backlight and letter illumination with a built-in dial to adjust the intensity.


Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard


There's a volume knob to annoy your house mates with, as well as full media controls so you can kick out the jams all night long.


Additionally, a series of useful macro buttons add feature to this keyboard to really set it apart from other solutions on the market.


Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard


The coupe de grace, however, comes with the hot swappable numeric keypad module that can be changed up, left or right depending on your preference, or if you want to add more macros to the left hand side.


Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard


With more features than the Deathstar itself, let's get this keyboard out and have a look at what it can do.


Plugging into the USB, this keyboard lights up a brilliant red and orange glow. I recommend doing this in the dark for full effect because it does look pretty freaking sweet when you do.


Microsoft SideWinder X6 Gaming Keyboard


The keys are a standard black plastic design with no special rubberised surface or nonsense like that, so it feels normal to type on.


The Fn keys up top are slimmer than normal to accommodate the extra function buttons up top without drastically increasing the size of the board itself. This is a genius move really, because I've handled some behemoths in my time and while they were sweet setups, they really dominate the desktop.


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