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Microsoft SideWinder X8

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Overall 1

"Doesn't work if you use WiFi."

nanite2000, CNET
13 February 2012
  • Pros: Comfortable fit.
  • Cons: Interferes with WiFi signal, wrecking it's usability. Blue light is actually worse than (previous) red lights.
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Overall 3

"Mouse wheel breaks, scrolls up or down randomly"

DavyBoyWonder, CNET
5 December 2011
  • Pros: - good for those with bigger hands - great for when it works - magnetic power connector makes charging the mouse easy
  • Cons: - mouse wheel broke in less than 9 months, now mouse will scroll one more "click" even though you have stopped scrolling, about 5 to 10 seconds after your last scroll - feels slightly cheap on the build quality
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Overall 5

"Looks good, but not worth it"

rlkp, CNET
10 August 2011
  • Pros: blue-tracking is really accurate, there are 3 speeds which is useful or on the fly switching DPI speeds, nice placement of macro and forward/backward buttons, has a wired/wirelss mode where you can recharge solely by using the "puck" that comes with it.
  • Cons: only 1 thing..... the recharging contacts for most people become defective within the first month or two. that means you will now have to manually change the batteries yourself so its a bit of pain...
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Overall 7

"NOT left handed!"

Lensman_1, CNET
21 February 2011
  • Pros: The mouse is well built, works flawlessly, the scroll wheel is just fine and the dpi switching is superb. Also I had a charge from flat via the cable in less than 12 minutes.
  • Cons: There is zero chance of any left handed user, as I am, using this mouse. The design is so right handed as to be almost an insult. The back/forward buttons are exactly where a left handed users little finger sits and the bosy is not grippable.
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Overall 10

"Best mouse i'v had"

killer-mm3, CNET
2 February 2011
  • Pros: Fits my hand perfectly, perfect weight, can track on almost any surface, there arent any unnecessary buttons in the way.
  • Cons: Its hard to get the tiny amount of dust that gets stuck in the hole at the back of the mouse.
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Overall 8

Great product; specific niche

err1100, J&R
16 August 2010
  • Summary: This is a wonderful piece of equipment; certainly the best of Microsoft's Sidewinder mouse series. Its performance is flawless, but keep in mind that it is NOT Bluetooth capable. In fact, that wireless transceiver is quite large.
  • Pros: Accurate Tracking, Comfortable Design, Fast Response, Glides Smoothly, Great Features, Works On Any Surface
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Overall 5

"Doesn't Live up to the Hype"

Vulcannomad, CNET
28 March 2010
  • Pros: Lithium battery and charger, additional feet. Programmablilit when it works.
  • Cons: Mouse Wheel, terrible, forefinger slides off of wheel, wheel get stuck, anything but smooth rotation. Customization doesn't stay, you have to keep re-initiating it. Programmable side buttons rarely work.
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Overall 8

A solid mouse

metarick, J&R
22 January 2010
  • Summary: I have had several cordless optical mouse setups and this one is good. I rate it about the same as the logitech gaming mouse which began to have intermittent connection problems so used this mouse as a replacement. I play games and it is very smooth and accurate for gaming. Being able to charge while playing and not having to switch batteries is a big plus.
  • Pros: Accurate Tracking, Fast Response, Glides Smoothly, Great Features, Works On Any Surface
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Overall 7

"Not as good as the Logitec Revolution"

svenist, CNET
28 August 2009
  • Pros: Recharge method. Response time. "Instant" DPI change. Looks like it could eat your mom & still have room for the rest of your enemies.
  • Cons: Button configuration is limited. Configurable buttons are limited. Not ergonomically designed. Charging station is clunky, making it bad for laptops. Scroll wheel doesn't free spin.
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Overall 9

"Very good mouse, does the job well"

thewunderbar, CNET
5 June 2009
  • Pros: wireless, long battery life, good thumb buttons, on the fly DPI change and multiple sets of feet ensure good customization
  • Cons: very big, scroll wheel not fantastic, no battery charge indicator
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