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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.
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.
Three backlit dedicated resolution buttons.
Vertically stacked thumb buttons are quite easy to use.
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.
Too lightweight with no way of increasing heft.
Only five of the nine buttons are programmable.
Options are too limited for price point.
Feels bit "plastic".
No height control at the back.
No USB hub.
Right button easy to click accidentally.
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....80
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...70
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...71
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...85
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....75
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....63
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...91
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...80