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Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard
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  • Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard
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  • Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard
  • Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard
  • Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard
  • Microsoft SideWinder X6 Keyboard

Hans Gruber

October 14, 2008, 11:32 pm

More buttons in the right place, less guff.

Your conclusion seemed to take a different tone to that of the article, overall. I was expecting you to say something like "It's decent enough as far as keyboards go, but doesn't offer anything particularly advantageous to the high performance gamer."

So, you reckon this is the best option as a gaming input device (peripheral to mouse) you can get right now? It'd be really great to see a round up of all the major players in the gaming input device market right now. There is such a proliferation that it's hard to see what's pure gimmick and what may actually add that competitive edge, simply because it works well.

Personally I'm still stuck using my old Zboard with aged gaming keypad. I've used the Battlefield 2 keyset but it lacks a couple of keys to that supplied with the board, so it's less use to me. What I like is the WASD placement and surrounding buttons but I wish there were more of them, that they were separately configurable from the main keyboard (ie - like the additional WASD keys, the extra buttons have alpha-numeric designations but are duplicated by the main QWERTY layout). As an FPS player, I need more buttons that are logically placed and reachable not lights and macros. Though it'd have been nice if you could use the volume/light control knobs as say throttle controls, for when flying the jets or choppers. I can live without macros - aren't they somehow cheating, if used in the context of First Person online Shooter?

The main failing of the Zboard is the software. Certain games were an enormous chore to configure if using Ideazon's drivers. As far as I am aware, since I've not tried the Zboard software for some time, it's still, buggy, bloated and ill supported. So much potential to this concept I believed, but sadly squandered.


October 14, 2008, 11:50 pm

Looks good, and in agreement with Azro, I haven't used a macro in all me days. Also I'm one of the weirdos who use the arrow keys as my choice for gaming. CTRL for jump, 0/Ins for crouch etc. feels natural.

WASD is weird.


October 15, 2008, 1:50 am

Does this keyboard have n-key rollover like the Steelseries 7G, Das Keyboard III and Razer Tarantula?


October 17, 2008, 8:06 pm

If you're a WoW player like myself, don't even consider buying a macro keyboard. It's against Blizzard's terms and conditions and will get you banned. Don't believe me?


December 6, 2008, 7:15 pm


It's not against Blizzards T&C. You're not allowed to automate anything, but you are allowed to use macro keyboards as evidenced by their native support for the G15 (with a supplied profile that includes macros)

dan 3

March 12, 2009, 7:52 am

Hi, It seems majority of site sell American layout version, where can I find a European layout version as the one shown in this review?

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