Microsoft’s latest SideWinder X4 keyboard has the most advanced anti-ghosting technology to date. Ghosting means when multiple keys are pressed on a keyboard simultaneously, the result is an incorrect key signal is being sent to the PC, or some of the key presses are being ignored altogether. To combat this anomaly, Microsoft’s SideWinder X4 Keyboard can detect up to 26 key presses at once, perfect for gamers and true-keyboard typists.
The keyboard is able to detect up to 26 key presses because each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware. So no matter how many other keys are being pressed at the same time, each key press will be correctly detected. This is particularly advantageous to gamers looking to accurately execute complex key combinations.
Microsoft has also included Macro recording to the SideWinder X4 keyboard, so multiple moves can be strung together at the push of a button, as well as a new automatic macro repetition feature that lets users repeat a macro over and over as needed with one key. Additionally mode and profile switching makes it easy to customize the keyboard for different games and users, while adjustable back-lighting lets gamers select the lighting level to suit the situation.
Microsoft’s SideWinder X4 Keyboard will be available in March for the estimated retail price of US$59.95. (www.microsoft.com)