Excerpt: Those who have been around gaming for a while will remember the venerable line of Sidewinder gaming peripherals from Microsoft. This product line started with a well known gamepad, and expanded into joysticks, more gamepads, and other purpose-built peripherals. These peripherals enjoyed varied success, and either by design or demand were retired by Microsoft in 2003.
Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse is a nice mouse capable of adjusting to meet
gaming needs. Variable weight, virtual variable cable length (using cable
anchor), and variable glide configurations (3 sets of foot pads with varying
degree of smoothness) give this mouse endless configuration possibilities. Many
gaming features and program specific programmable buttons make this mouse a good
Pros: 5 programmable buttons, Variable combinations to make many different types of
mouse, Many useful features, Cable Anchor
Summary: A mouse is not something I usually get very stoked about, but
after using the Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse that has changed. To
start off I love the size of the mouse as it slightly larger than a normal mouse
and for a guy with large hands like mine it feels prefect in hand.
I really liked the Microsoft SideWinder Mouse even though it gives up some sensitivity to the new G9 from Logitech. The SideWinder Mouse has a unique design that is comfortable in hand and has a host of features, like the LCD, you won’t find anywhere else. Many gamers have fond memories of the SideWinder line of gaming peripherals and Microsoft has done the old moniker proud with the Microsoft SideWinder Mouse.
Pros: Cool design, Fantastic thumb buttons, LCD screen is very useful, Great accessory box
Cons: Quick Turn feature not always accurate, Sensitivity too low for some gamer’s needs
Excerpt: Microsoft has been overdue in putting out a really high tech gaming mouse. They already have mice like the Habu and Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and the Recluse keyboard, but once Logitech released the G9 we all knew that a competitor was on the way.
Conclusion: Facts are now laid out and it is time for judgement. I have to say that for me the SideWinder was a mixed package. It felt perfect on some areas but let me down on others. I believe that in my case, most of the problems were caused by the dimensions and the shape of the mouse. I had a hard time on reaching the side buttons and when talking about gaming, it made the product nearly useless for me. The LCD screen was a nice addition.
Pros: Tuneable weights, LCD Screen, Easy to use software, Replacement feet
Cons: Button placement, "Only" five configurable buttons
Excerpt: We like fancy gaming mice. We like them for their super-accurate sensors, their adjustable resolutions, and the veritable cornucopia of buttons that grace their frames. But above all, a gaming mouse has to remain comfortable during marathon wrist-crippling gaming sessions, which is where the new Sidewinder really falls apart. You see, this mouse is just too big. It’s not as though we have tiny, inadequate hands. Really, we don’t. We all have large, extremely manly hands.