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Pro Analog backlight and volume knobs
There are two analog knobs on the device with one controlling the backlighting brightness and the other the volume control. The analog sensors allow for more fine grained tuning of each and is not only more precise but more tactile. This makes for better control over normal keyboard keys for these controls.
Pro Worthwhile anti-ghosting software
The SidWinder has software implemented into the keyboard that allows for ant-ghosting, which helps with playing games when multiple keys are pressed at the same time. For what is a mid range gaming keyboard from Microsoft this is a pretty key feature that they have implemented for the price point.
Con Cheap wrist rest
The wrist rest is just a cheap piece of plastic with no form of soft coating, which makes for an uncomfortable area quickly.