Microsoft's SideWinder X4 Keyboard is a Ghostbuster

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The Microsoft SideWinder X4 gaming keyboard was announced today, and it includes a host of gamer-friendly features. The press release touts the device's "anti-ghosting" technology as its primary selling-point.

"We know that ghosting can be a problem for gamers, so we wanted to develop a way to eliminate this issue and improve the overall gaming experience," explained Steven Bathiche, research manager of the Applied Sciences Group at Microsoft. The SideWinder X4 also has some other gamer-centric functionality, such as macro recording, mode and profile switching, and adjustable backlighting.

Microsoft's SideWinder X4 Keyboard

In a common phenomenon called "ghosting," standard keyboard architecture typically records keystrokes in such a way that not all of the keys will always register properly when certain groups of them are pressed simultaneously. The SideWinder X4 reportedly eliminates this problem by giving each button a dedicated input. The X4 "ain't afraid of no ghost," allowing gamers to press up to twenty-six buttons at a time.

The SideWinder X4 Keyboard will be available for pre-order on Amazon.com later this week, and launches in March for the estimated retail price of $59.95.

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    February 1, 2010 7:28 PM

    Well, at least all the keys are in the right place, unlike the abomination Natural Elite keyboard, with the 6 on the left (WRONG), the huge Delete key, and the diamond arrow key cluster.

    So "each button" has a "dedicated input"? Really? Like "IBM Model M" level isolation? If so, that's interesting.

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      February 1, 2010 7:42 PM

      The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has everything back in the right place and also has the upshot (or downside, depending on how you see it) of looking like it's wearing a thong. I've been using one for about 3 or 4 years now, and my only complaint is that I still want the built in extra USB ports of the Natural Pro back.

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        February 1, 2010 7:48 PM

        Well, almost everything back in the right place; they still put the 6 on the left, which is incorrect, as the right index finger is supposed to press the 6 key.

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      February 1, 2010 9:01 PM

      that's the reason i still use this old grimey logitech piece of shit keyboard at home. it atleast has the keys in the right place.