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. Like most Microsoft products, the packaging is very professional looking and contains all the necessary information that is needed to make an informed decision.
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
Excerpt: When we last looked at Microsoft’s revitalization of the Sidewinder peripheral line , we weren’t very impressed. Though the mouse was technologically sound, it was painfully uncomfortable to use. We weren’t alone in that assessment either; sites all over the Internet penned the Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse as a rodent.
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 . The original SideWinder looked great and performed well, but never felt right to some users (myself included).
Summary: Always.) All told, this “budget” gaming mouse is an improvement on the more expensive Sidewinder original, but there are still cheaper, more comfortable budget mice out there. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you can’t palm a basketball, your hand is probably too small to comfortably use a Sidewinder.
Pros: Sensor is super-accurate. Top-and-bottom thumb buttons kick ass. Love the three button sensitivity adjustment.
Cons: Still too honkin’ big. No reason to install the software, unless you want to make sensitivity adjustments. Sidewinder button is useless.
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: 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. Where the original SideWinder was very similar in function to the G9, the X5 has trimmed off a bit of the fat.