Excerpt: Microsoft’s SideWinder gaming gear has been around for close to two years now and line has expanded from a single mouse to a few different products. We have looked at a lot of it in the past and while it all always looks impressive on paper, I generally have not been won over by the devices.
Excerpt: Microsoft’s latest Sidewinder mouse, the X8, combines a wireless design with the latest in optical sensor technology. Sporting a proprietary BlueTrack sensor, the X8 will work on most any surface, including granite and marble, which are problems for mice with more traditional optical and laser sensors. This is also Microsoft’s first wireless Sidewinder mouse—it utilizes the traditional 2.4GHz band, but updates more times per second than most wireless Microsoft mice.
Pros: Great thumb-button placement; good for people with large hands.
Cons: Enormous; jumpy sensor, especially at high resolutions.
Conclusion: The Sidewinder X8 is exactly what it says in the tin, a high-end wireless gaming mouse. If you're looking for a new gaming mouse, and think having a wireless would be nice, then there aren't all that many good choices to pick from. There aren't any flaws in X8 that I could point out. If it fits your needs, hand and wallet, then there's no reason why not to go for the X8. With MSRP of $99,95 the X8 sure ain't the cheapest mouse around.
Microsoft Sidewinder X8 BlueTrack Gaming Mouse Review
7 April 2009
Summary: Microsoft has proven that does take the feedback it gets and uses it. The Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Bluetrack Gaming mouse is proof of that. They've managed to take all the good and bad of the original Sidewinder and the follow up X5 and combine it into this latest product. All while incorporating some new technologies like their Bluetrack sensor and their wireless technology, which works as well as any wired mouse that I've used.
Pros: Very much improved over previous products, Wireless convenience without the wireless lag, Great tactile response from all buttons, A joy to use in FPS shooters and very fast and accurate
Cons: There is no loitering on this mouse if you want to avoid discomfort (RTS, MMORPG and heavy web surfers can move along).
Conclusion: Of course though I’m not a professional gamer, but for me it works very well for all of the games I played, it tracks on every surface style, and it works great for everyday uses. Being wireless it frees you from cords, it’s quite possibly the best wireless mouse on the market today.
Pros: Works well on all surfaces, Easy to use, Nice long charging cord, Play while charging, Wireless that works well for gaming, Adjustable DPI, Interchangeable feet, Nicely made
Cons: Large mouse, Only right handed, DPI settings are not fully adjustable in smaller increments, No adjustable weights
Conclusion: The Microsoft Sidewinder X8 is the best gaming mouse from the folks at Redmond. They have created a mouse with an excellent set of features, which includes their tracks on almost anything BlueTrack technology, and the charge and play cable, keeping you in the game even when you run out of juice in your mouse. The X8 has an ergonomic shape, meaning your hands will not throb even when gaming for hours on end.
Microsoft Sidewinder X8 Wireless Gaming mouse Review (PC)
Yet Another Review Site
22 February 2010
Excerpt: A wireless mouse that can actually deliver the gaming goods? Before I started looking at gaming mice, I had a small, cheap and perfectly fine wireless mouse. It was fine for work, but had a few problems when playing fast games, as it had a tendency to jump a little. This being the case I was not all that shocked to learn that hardcore gaming mice tend to come with a great big braided lead.