Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse
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Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse: Superb mouse for a Desktop
3 January 2012
Summary: 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: It's very rare that I give Microsoft and Bill Gates in particular any credit at all. Their operating systems suck, their general software (with the exception of Autoroute - Mighty fine) is dire and they seem to enjoy being the evil face of global capitalism. OK, rant over. Now I'm going to tell you something about Microsoft that I really do like. The Sidewinder. It is without a shadow of a doubt better than any of the pads that can be found on Todays games consoles.
Summary: Having had a Playstation for years when I finally got a new PC I was a bit stumped at which joypad to buy. So I decided that whatever Microsft make can't be bad, so I decided to buy one of their USB Plug and Play Joypads. As it said on the packet I plugged it in and, well, played! Problems emerged later, but first let me tell you about the joypad.
Summary: I only bought this gamepad as it was on sale price. Most of my games playing is done on my trusty old Playstation, even although the graphics on my PC are far superior. I had always wanted a gamepad for the PC, but surprisingly few are up to the standards of the PSX one. As I don't do a lot of gaming on my PC, I wasn't particularly interested in all the fancy gamepads, with force feedback, analogue controls etc.
Pros: Ergonomically sound, cheap, sturdy
Cons: Directional button not always accurate, not enough buttons
Summary: The Sidewinder is a nice little gamepad made by Microsoft. I was surprised by how well it had been developed - it fits into your hand just right (assuming you aren`t abnormal) and just keeps on working. I`ve dropped mine more times than I can remember and it just keep on working away. The only problem I have ever seen was when a very young cousin of mine wanted to use the gamepad to play a game - it was too big for his hands.