Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse
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Great ideas, poor performance
18 September 2010
Summary: I've been using this mouse for 9 months now. I received it as a Christmas present in 2009. The experience has been mixed, to say the least. The good stuff: I like how the mouse feels, it fits my hand pretty well, even though I have medium sized hands. I like to have a broader grip, and I no longer have to drag my pinky around while gripping the smaller mice. I love the placement of the thumb buttons and the ability to change DPI can be useful in a rare case.
Summary: This mouse could have been so much better. There are a number of issues which keep this good mouse from being great. I own a Logitech G7 which has been serving me well, but I decided to give the Sidewinder a try primarily because of the additional button on the side. Also, I was getting annoyed with having to swap out the rechargeable battery. The negatives: Compared to the G7 it looks and feels like a bit of a toy.
Summary: Overall I like the looks of this mouse. Without the LED's, this mouse would almost look executive. It is a big mouse at 3 inches wide, 5 inches long, and 1.75 inches tall. I don't have a scale to weigh it, but it starts feeling heavy after a while, and that is without the extra weights. It is too heavy for gaming; also the size makes it a bit awkward for maneuvering proper.
Excerpt: I first got this mouse about three/four years ago now when I used to game more on my desktop pc. Before this I had never owned an expensive mouse before and was wondering, like you probably are, are more expensive mice really worth it? ---Out of the box--- From the start I was excited about this product and really hoped that it lived up to expectations. When I got the product however I was actually a little daunted.
Pros: responsive, well - made and has loads of features
Summary: This could be a good gamers mouse if they would only sort out a couple of issues. The side buttons are not in the best position to be reached naturally when holding the mouse. You have to stretch to use them. My other issue is that the middle wheel is made of cheap metal. Anyone who has an alergy to metal (10% of people) will get a nasty rash from this mouse. Apart from this it's very easy to set up and use and would have got 5 stars.
Excerpt: Went from a Logitech MX Rev to one of these (No idea why, silly move). It has adjustable on the fly sensitivity, which is nothing special, it's been about on Logitech's mice for years. It has a small LCD display telling you what it's currently on. If you don't install the drivers, the mouse works fine anyway. However if you do, you can set up individual sensitivity settings for the 3 choices. 400,600,800,1000,1200,1400,1600 and 2000, if I remember.
Pros: FAIRLY comfortable, looks ok, comes with extras
Cons: Some buttons awkward to use, who uses Macros on a mouse?
Excerpt: Ever wanted to get good at a game without spending hours practising? Ever wanted to assign Macros to your mouse buttons? You can do all of the above easily and with little to no hassle. The Sidewinders on-the-fly DPI changing is very good for quickly changing from spraying to sniping in a first person shooter. The mouse adds 2 new buttons than an ordinary mouse which can be programmed to do actions already accessable, or you can make your own Macro that it can use.
Summary: Oh MS, why do you tease me! The MSM could have been so good. The precision is good, the buttons feel good when you click them and the colours are great, including the lights. The weight is good too! (empty or not) The scrolling wheel is fantastic! The bad things. A)Uncomfortable design. It might not look like it but through the wonders of magic, this mouse is the most uncomfortable mouse I have yet to use.
Summary: I just got this mouse today from another site, damn I overpaid. Anyway I'm not sure if I like it yet. My primary reason for buying it was the 2 nice thumb buttons on the side. Like the previous reviewer I wanted to use them in games like COD 4 for ducking and grenade toss. The trouble is the mouse is long and my thumb dosen't naturally sit on the buttons, I can adjust my hand slightly and may find that I do so over time anyway, but if the mouse was 5-10 mil shorter it...
Excerpt: I'VE USED THE SIDEWINDER PAD IN THE PAST TO ATTACK PEOPLE ON KILLING SPREES. IT HAS BEEN A USEFUL, IF SLIGHTLY IMPERFECT UTENSIL FOR MY MURDERING NEEDS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT IT TAKES A WHILE FOR ME TO KILL A MAN WITH THE SIDEWINDER, AS OPPOSED TO A GUN WHICH WOULD PUT THEM OUT IMMEDIATELY, OR A KNIFE WHICH WOULD AT LEAST STOP THEM FROM SCREAMING IF I DID IT IN THE THROAT. THE WAY IT'S GOING NOW, I HAVE TO HELP WITH MY FIST AND FEET.