Summary: Pros: - Streamlined sensitivity adjustment - 3 buttons makes it very easy - Side buttons placed very ergonomically Cons: - One side button stopped working within a year of gentle use - No more impressive than a similar, cheaper mouse - Middle Sidewinder button is not reprogrammable, and thus is almost useless - Mouse is very big, and slants down farther than most other mice - takes getting used to The side button breaking ended this mouse's life for me.
Summary: I bought this to replace my old Sidewinder mouse. To my disappointment, this version feels very cheaply made compared to my old one. It is all plastic, and there is no weight adjustment. You know how there are special, hamstrung versions of GPUs made to sell at dept stores like Wal-Mart? This is the mouse version. I changed my review from 3 to 2 while writing this because I realized how truly disappointed I am.
Summary: Pro: Inexpensive, responsive, good side-button placement, comfortable despite size. Con: 9 buttons is more like 5 (DPI and "palm" button cannot be reached quickly and aren't programmable), Hit-and-miss build quality. Why Buy?: Do you want a gaming mouse with at least 5 buttons on the cheap? I was a bit weary of the size of the mouse, but I was attracted by the placement of the side buttons (which I very much prefer to the front/back positioning), and the price.
Summary: I have big hands, large enough to palm an official size and weight NBA basketball. This mouse doesn't fit well with my hand. The buttons take a lot of pressure to press down in comparison to similarly priced units. The mouse I was coming from was the 'ocz equalizer gaming mouse' which I used a lot for graphic applications until after a few years the middle mouse button started acting up on me.
Summary: I've been using this mouse for around 6-8 months now, and initially fell in love with it's design. I still love the overall button layout, but time has definitely taken it's toll on the mouse wheel. Apparently, they decided to cover the wheel with a nice, soft layer of rubber or sillicone. Over time, that layer crumbles and jams up the wheel mechanism, often making it very hard to roll the wheel. I love the mouse, but the devil's in the details.
Summary: After about four months the right click started jamming up when I tried to do high speed clicking when playing games. It still worked fine for day to day use. I ended up giving the mouse away to a non-power user.
Summary: I'm not a gamer, but I wanted a mouse that had programmable buttons for programs and basic PC functions-- more than just right-click and left-click. That's why I bought this mouse. I use two systems on my computer: Vista and Windows 7. The programmable buttons never really worked in Vista, but I was happy that they worked with Windows 7... until about August 2010, when Microsoft released a fabulous "update" for the mouse driver software.
Summary: Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program ( What's this? ) Even after installing the Software for the Sidewinder Mouse, the annoying element is that a supposedly good mouse takes advantage of SETPOINT, a far superior software, in setting up the terms of the mouses abilities. After using the Mouse for several weeks it is clearly unwieldy , difficult to use at the best of times, and has left and right "clickers" that are part of physical makeup of the body of the mouse...
Summary: I'll start out by saying that I firmly believe that the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer is one of the best mice ever made. I've also particularly liked the Logitech MX 510 mouse, as well. So, I have a pretty good idea of what a $50 mouse (give or take) should be... and it isn't the SideWinder X5. It's been a while since I've used a mouse that felt so cheap. The X5 is really, REALLY light, but not in a "Gee, how did they make it so light?" way.
Summary: I'm unsure why others feel the vertical side buttons are a great design feature. I think they protrude too far from the mouse and I often find myself accidentally hitting them. For obvious reasons that causes a lot of problems in-game. Moreover, while it could be due to the fact that I've been using a Logitech G5 for the longest time, the vertical positioning of the side buttons does not feel comfortable. Overall the mouse feels cheap.