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Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse
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- 5 Programmable Main Buttons - Customize your main gaming buttons to your preference
- Quick Launch Button - One-touch takes you to Games Ex in Windows Vista
- LCD Display on a Mouse - DPI settings and macro recording icons are displayed on the mouse to reduce on-screen interference
- On-the-Fly DPI Switching - Three buttons instantly switch between DPI 400, 800, and 2000 or you can customize settings using special software
- Cable Anchor & Accessories Storage Box - Enjoy wired performance with the feel of wireless
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Welcome to a revolution in gaming mouse performance, handling, and custom tuning. Microsoft SideWinder Mouse introduces one-of-a-kind features like veritcal side buttons, an LCD display, and a unique shape designed for quick and super-precise action.
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-adjustable weight (I like mine heavy)
-adjustable sensitivity, whether you like to twitch your wrist or engage the whole arm, you can create settings that feel good to you.
-BIG, It's massive, one thing that always bugged me about the Logitech G5 was that my hand wrapped around it, the Sidewinder is enormous, and my hand rests atop it, quite comfortably I might add.
-Detent scrolling, many mice have switched to smooth scrolling which is much less useful for weapon selection in FPS games.
-Macro button allows you to create macros in game, on the fly
-detents in the scroll wheel don't have as much resistance as I would like
-would like more weight (included weights allow addition of 30g max.)
-no tilting scroll wheel, my previous mouse had a tilting wheel which I used for leaning left and right in F.E.A.R. , however, as few games implement this feature, this isn't a major issue. However, I also used wheel tilting to switch between tabs in my browser (Opera), so I still use that G5 for general use and browsing, and have the Sidewinder strictly for gaming.
The addition of a tilting wheel would have easily boosted this to 5 stars. If you like tilting wheel mice for browsing, as I do, consider a logitech G9, which has an almost identical feature set, minus the macro button.
For my large hands this mouse feels just right. It moves well on my nylon mat that I use for a pad and I have tried it on a hardwood desktop with good results. The mouse has very good yaw and pitch movement and it is easy to adjust dpi setting on the fly.
It has a quick turn feature that works very well in first person shooters. you assign one of the buttons for quick turn around and as your playing if you want to check who's behind you click the button and you turn 180 degree's. If you need to change your direction fast because you can see your out numbered ahead it comes in mighty handy.
The top buttons have a good responsive click to them and I had no problem with learning the over and under side buttons, which I perfer over my old Logitec MX518 foward and aft configuration.
The weight of this mouse without adding extra weights feels about the same as the MX518. I choose to add 5 grams of weight to it and perfer it that way.
The mouse wheel has a micro feeling touch and a little too light for my taste, but I got use to it fairly quickly. The one feature I think would have made this a great mouse would to have put side push switching on the wheel for adjusting look around corners.
I think this mouse is well constructed and will hold up for a long while.
If you running windows/vista than it has two other buttons that bring up the game file and macro changing, useful but not really must have feature.
All in all a confident and very good gaming mouse.
A wired mouse was a must for me as the RF connection hiccups that occur occasionally, no matter how rarely, bug me horribly (though with the Bluetooth setup on my Mac I've had no real issues). I also have trouble with occasional wrist pain - a minor carpal tunnel issue - so finding a comfortable mouse was very important to me. And while the SideWinder mouse isn't perfect, I'm keeping it.
The first things that struck me about the mouse were the size (it's big) and the shape (it's weird). But for me, they work well: the unconventional size and shape allow me to shift my grip throughout the day while still being able to reach all the controls. This keeps the pain away better than any other mouse I've ever used, particularly those that force me into holding my hand in the same position all day long.
The scroll wheel and forward/back buttons are next up: I've found the buttons a bit too far forward for me (my hands aren't HUGE), though not far enough to make their position a deal-breaker. The scroll wheel is graduated, meaning it doesn't spin free like some others, but has excellent feel and weight to it. It also doubles as a button; I've mapped mine to the Vista Flip 3D function that shows all open windows. This is a function I got addicted to on my Mac (where I use expose mapped to a scroll-wheel press) as I tend to have a lot of windows open at once and can get a bit lost.Read more ›
Took a bit to set it up, but works like a charm now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am picky about the feel and ergonomics of the tools I use. This mouse works fine but you need LARGE hands or long fingers to work it effectively. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've had this product now for going on over 4 years and it's just as good as the day I pulled it from it's box. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shawn C *Product Reviewer*
Nice mouse, good heavy feel in your hand. A bit on the large side, but it's been working for years and years.Published 15 months ago by R. Burk
I had a Microsoft Sidewinder X5 before and I made the mistake of bundling wires together under my desk with wire ties. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R.S. Truitt