It’s clear that Microsoft had one goal with the SideWinder X4: to make an affordable gaming keyboard that removes enough ghosting so no one gaming on it will miss a keystroke, even accidentally. Our tests prove that if you have ghosting issues when gaming, the X4 is an excellent and inexpensive solution at $59.95 (available in March). However, as gamers ourselves, we’ve found it difficult to even run into ghosting issues on most of today’s games, and truthfully most gamers will probably never notice ghosting on any keyboard.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, and as we discovered with the SideWinder X6, some users are undoubtedly very prone to ghosting. Logitech has a simple solution with the G19: any six keys and all modifiers, for a total of nine. The X6 is much more restrictive with which keys those are. The X4, with the required software, is twenty keys, plus the six macros. At nearly half the price of the SteelSeries 7G, it’s a steal.
The downside is that the design, especially compared to the X6, is a downgrade. The wrist rest is irritating and all the features are dumbed down. Right now, anyone can purchase a brand new X6 for under $45. So, unless you’re a pro gamer who must press at least six buttons at a time when gaming, stick with Microsoft’s flagship X6. On the off-chance you are a pro gamer, you’ve now got a budget keyboard option.