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On the fly dpi switching with settings up to 2000dpi, Laser tracking sensor, Large ergonomic design, 5 customizable buttons including two side buttons, Crisp feeling mouse buttons.
Comfortable, Macro capable, Programmable
Very comfortable for prolonged use, Well textured/ good grip, Contoured to allow your fingers the rest they deserve, Mouse scroll is the best of its kind
Performs capably for gaming; Very comfortable form factor is great for those with larger hands; three backlit dedicated resolution buttons; Vertically stacked thumb buttons are quite easy to use.
Easy to use software, Adjustable backlighting, Rotary knobs, Same size, more keys/functions, (Un)mountable numpad
Sensitivity up to 2,000dpi, selectable through mouse buttons, Forward and back buttons better positioned to avoid accidents, Ergonomic, Aesthetically appealing
Sensor is superaccurate. Topandbottom thumb buttons kick ass. Love the three button sensitivity adjustment.
Comfy; programmable buttons; fast and accurate sensor; on-the-fly dpi buttons.
Annoying LEDs on the back of the mouse, Shortcut key that cannot be customized, Dpi setting buttons uncomfortable to reach
Low sensitivity compared to other products
Only for the right-handed, Not recommended for people with small hands, DPI keys cannot be reassigned, Middle clicks too deep, Few programmable buttons
Too lightweight with no way of increasing heft; Only five of the nine buttons are programmable; Options are too limited for price point, considering the competition; Ultimately feels too “economy class”; What the hell is the point of that Quic
Feels bit "plastic", No height control at the back, No USB hub
Right button easy to click accidentally
Still too honkin’ big. No reason to install the software, unless you want to make sensitivity adjustments. Sidewinder button is useless.
Still the same bulky shape as the older model; really only three buttons to program; side buttons still prone to accidental clicks.
By Expert Reviews on February 02, 2010
A responsive and comfortable entry-level gaming mouse, but better-featured models are available for just a little more....
By LanOC Reviews on April 06, 2009
So before I took a look at the Sidewinder X5 I wasn’t really a fan of previous Sidewinder mice. I can say now that I’ve spent more time with it that I can see why it is a popular mouse. The mouse does have two thumb buttons, underlighting,...
By Pocket-lint on December 08, 2008
A decent mouse, but not the best on the market for the true gamer...
By Atomic MPC on November 26, 2008
The previous Sidewinder had the who’s who of gaming mouse features. It had optional weights, an LCD readout to display DPI changes, interchangeable feet... the list goes on. The X5 uses the same basic design – though it is much comfier now...
By FutureLooks on November 14, 2008
Well this ended on a much more upbeat note then the last Microsoft peripheral review I wrote. The SideWinder X5 is mostly able to repent the sins of its father. The mouse is actually comfortable to use, and it doesn’t feel at all chintzy. It has...
By Good Gear Guide on November 04, 2008
Microsoft’s Sidewinder X5 might not be the most advanced or feature-filled gaming mouse on the market, but its combination of precision, customisable buttons and comfortable design makes it a worthy choice nonetheless....
By CNET Australia on November 03, 2008
Microsofts pared-down SideWinder X5 Mouse is supposed to offer PC gamers a lower-cost version of its award-winning higher-end model. Instead, it comes across as flimsy and overly stripped down. Other mice deliver better control for the same price....
By Geek.com on October 28, 2008
Microsoft has been making gaming gear for a while now and they have been getting pretty good at it. Microsoft’s first serious gaming mouse was the SideWinder, which came after a collaboration with Razer to produce the Habu. The original SideWinder...
By Benchmark Reviews on October 22, 2008
The packing of the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 goes beyond the traditional or regular packaging, certainly making it stand. Its less of an eye-popping display and more of a novel design for cardboard. Like most Microsoft products, the packaging is very...
By I4U on October 21, 2008
The SideWinder X5 Mouse is a decent gaming mouse. For very close to the same money you can get much more sensitive mice. However, the macro recording capability is nice and the mouse works very well. Gamers looking for an alternative to Logitech or...
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