Summary: First of all, that black circular charge dock thing is really annoying when it's right next to my keyboard or my mouse. If your desk is the kind with slide for your keyboard's space, that mouse charger thing will be very annoying. I've dropped it many times, I don't want to put it on the floor because I like to keep my floor clear and my desk is a bit too high for the charger cable to reach to my mouse. Not putting it on my desk, I like my desk clear and clean.
Summary: Overall: Great mouse. Amazing for ~1 year, then the middle-click stopped working. Pros: Good comfort, fits great even on small hands. Thumb buttons are great. The whole design of the mouse really works well. On the fly DPI buttons work well - each one is customizable. Cons: Scroll wheel is a little ratchety - not a big issue, but a bit annoying. Button in the middle of the mouse just opens the Windows Game Center - and you can't change it.
Summary: Alright, so I purchased the X8 over a year ago. I am a gamer, and a student. So I am frequently working with high precision requirements. The Microsoft X8 was a pleasant surprise after using Logitech mouses for years. I loved the logitech mx1000, when its time had come, I replaced it with a Logitech Revolution, however due to my desktop setup, the signal would not accurately go through my solid wood desk to the receiver.
Summary: The Sidewinder X8 is a great mouse. I felt like I needed to start there. As a computer gamer, I really do enjoy the ability to switch the sensitivity levels. Dropping to lower sensitivity makes precision aiming much easier, and I can switch the DPI higher for quick movements and running. The BlueTrak technology means I don't really need a mouse pad, so I can play games out in the living room on the carpet, sitting on the couch, lying in bed, or on a bus or plane.
Summary: Pros: -Keys laid out nicely -Ergonomic design not uncomfortable, but not pleasant, but should accommodate all hand sizes. -Battery is a standard AA nickle metal hydride rechargeable, not a proprietary brand that you have to special order. -Recharge cord is magnetic and is very nicely designed. It doesn't come off when you use it while operating the mouse. -Three quick button settings for resolution. This makes the mouse act faster or slower to input.
Summary: I'm going to start off by saying that if you want this mouse, or any of Microsoft's Sidewinder gaming peripherals, now is the time to buy it. Microsoft has announced that they are getting rid of their Sidewinder line of high performance gear and will be focusing on peripherals for the average user. As far as performance mice go, particularly wireless ones, the Sidewinder X8 is fantastic for the price.
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.
Summary: Overpriced, poor batt life, dicsontinued by microsoft so no support upon calling about charging battery issues, and not comfortable compared to the logitech g700 if you have standard length fingers--IF ya got long alien fingers this mouse is for you.
Summary: I was very reluctant to buy this mouse because of how expensive it is. In fact I only ended up buying it because my boyfriend really wanted it. I tried very hard not to like it, but turns out its actually a really nice mouse. Being able to change the Dpi is really handy and easy to do. The charging device is super cool, the magnet on it is pretty strong and it charges very quickly. The battery life also seems to be much longer than advertised.