Conclusion: The packing of the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 goes beyond the traditional or regular packaging, certainly making it stand. It's less of an eye-popping display and more of a novel design for cardboard.
Pros: 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.
Cons: Annoying LEDs on the back of the mouse, Shortcut key that cannot be customized., Dpi setting buttons uncomfortable to reach
Summary: 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.
Pros: Smooth accurate movement, Fully customizable feel and functionality, Adjustable DPI that’s quick to access, Comfortable to use
Cons: Needs features of original SideWinder, Software still shares problems with old SideWinder
Excerpt: 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 .
Excerpt: Microsoft’s other introduction to the family of gaming peripherals is the Sidewinder X5 mouse. It is almost identical to the previous Sidewinder we’ve tested, except for a few minor changes. The Sidewinder X5 is a laser mouse with a 2000 dpi sensor.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 2000 DPI sensor is precise, on-the-fly DPI adjustment, lots of programmable controls
Cons: Lacks some of the bells and whistles of other models, sensitivity not as high as some competing units
Excerpt: Back in the day, shopping for gaming peripherals meant sifting through a ton of Microsoft's SideWinder products to find what you needed. Everything from SideWinder controllers, to joysticks, to force-feedback steering wheels lined hardware stores; to say that they dominated the market would be spot...
Excerpt: Supplier: Microsoft Brand: Microsoft Website: www.microsoft.com RRP: R629.00 Star Rating: 4/5 Review By: NAG Magazine (January 2009) MICROSOFT’S NEW X5 SIDEWINDER mouse is actually a downgrade from the original SideWinder gaming mouse.