How-to: Keyboards

How do I use my SideWinder X4 keyboard?


The SideWinder X4 Keyboard is a virtual command center giving you powerful programming and versatility to enhance your work or game play.

What is anti-ghosting?

With anti-ghosting capability you can press up to 26 keys simultaneously without ghosting—what you press is what you get.

What is mode switching?

Mode switching enables you to manually toggle the keyboard from standard mode to either of two gaming modes. The LEDs on the keyboard show you which mode you’re in.

What is automatic profile switching?

When a game or application profile is assigned using the software, the keyboard detects the game or application you are running and applies your custom profile to the application.

How many levels of backlighting are included?

You can adjust key-legend backlighting with three illumination levels plus “off.”

What can I do with the programmable macro keys?

You can switch between three banks of six programmable macro keys to assign up to 18 macros per profile. You can record any sequence of keystrokes—even standard chat messages and set your macros to repeat. Macros are stored on your hard drive and can be easily shared.

For details on working with macros, see How do I create macros?