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Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse


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  • 2000 DPI Laser Tracking Engine2000 DPI Laser Tracking Engine - For fast action
  • Built to Last - Main button life: Rated to 10,000,000 clicks
  • Either-Hand Comfort - Familiar shape for right- or left-handed comfort that fi ts most hand sizes
  • Weight-Balanced Plus Wide Glide Feet - Smooth handling and active feel
  • Low-Profi le Lateral Side Buttons - Easy access during gaming and everyday computing
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.4 x 7.5 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0026L7FQ8
  • Item model number: UUC-00001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 19, 2009

Product Description

Product Description

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse UUC-00001 Mice

From the Manufacturer

The versatile Microsoft® SideWinder™ Mouse X3 is an affordable addition to the award-winning line of SideWinder gaming products that’s perfect for general gaming and everyday mouse usage. This stylish mouse delivers comfort for either hand with a light, weight-balanced shape and wide glide feet for easier handling, along with SideWinder gaming features such as recessed side buttons, High Definition Laser, 200 to 2000 dpi on the fly switching, macros, 5 assignable main buttons—and more!

Features:


2000 DPI Laser Tracking Engine
For fast action.

Either-Hand Comfort
Familiar shape for right- or left-handed comfort that fits most hand sizes.

Low-Profile Lateral Side Buttons
Easy access during gaming and everyday computing.

Additional Features:
  • Five programmable main buttons
  • Weight-balanced plus wide glide feet
  • Centered laser port for targeting accuracy

System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista®/Windows XP
  • Powered USB port
  • CD drive
  • Internet access required for software installation

Customer Reviews

The grip is comfortable, I'm right handed, but would be the same for lefties.
E I
This is a very nice mouse, I got it for my grandson because I have been using a sidewinder X5 for several years and have been very pleased with it for my gaming.
Paul E. White
The left 'side' button, which is for your thumb, is positioned about 3/4" too far forward.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on June 7, 2009
I am glad I purchased this although it is not without it's flaws, so I'll try to go into detail as much as possible so you can decide it it's for you.

Pros:
-This mouse is very comfortable to use for long periods of time.
-Very smooth, glides easily on a cloth pad I am now using (on hard pad it was actually hard to control).
-Good scroll wheel. It has indentations, not too noisy, and it is flat instead of rounded so it's easier to click. And the click is more like a normal button instead of the soft feel that many scroll wheels exhibit.
-Lift-off distance is good. I measured about 2.4-2.5 mm liftoff (the thickness of two CDs). This was on both a hard pad and a cloth pad. I have had no problems personally with that distance but you should measure what you currently have to see if you would have problems getting used to that. However there is a caveat with liftoff that I cover in the cons.
-On-the-fly sensitivity in the form of three specific buttons, and the active one lights up. These three points are adjustable in software.
-Light and easy to hold when you do reposition it.

Cons:
-I think the side buttons, while well thought out, might not be convenient enough to use. You will probably have to reach a little to get to the one on your thumb side, but it's not too bad. The one on the other side however will probably not get used much.
-Coarse sensitivity adjustments in software (400,800,1000,1600,2000) to assign to the three buttons. In practice this is very minor.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E I on January 30, 2010
First, I'm not a gamer, so this review relates to general computer use. I use Windows 7 64 and I have a 22" widescreen display set at 1680 x 1050. I also use a secondary display (side by side) when I am programming. I use a kind of hybred grip, I rest my lower palm on the base of the mouse, my thumb and ring fingers on the sides, and my index and middle finger are elevated over the mouse with my fingertips gently resting on buttons 1 and 2. Now on to the sidewinder X3 ...

The mouse has a conventional feel to it and it is very light. The size/shape/weight compare to my MS intellimouse optical. Very comfortable for daily use, I use mine for 8-10 hours a day. The grip is comfortable, I'm right handed, but would be the same for lefties. The mouse body is plastic, the grey top area is very smooth, the black left and right sides appear to be slightly textured but it is almost unnoticeable. The mouse has large teflon feet and it glides effortlessly. I'm using mine on a 2 dollar cloth/rubber backed mouse pad. It appears it would be very easy to clean if you got some peanut butter or sonmething on it (come on, we all have done this!). The right/left mouse buttons (buttons 1/2) are very responsive and have a nice click to them. The mouse wheel is rubber, has a good feel to it and spins in a racheted fashion. The wheel click (button 3) is very easy to do and does not cause the mouse to scroll when pressing. The left/right side buttons (buttons 4/5) are also very responsive and have a nice click to them, but they are located pretty far foward on the mouse body. To select the button on the thumb side (depends on left or right handed) you must move your hand forward on the mouse body. The button on your ring finger side is easily selected using your ring finger (for me anyways).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KHM on March 10, 2010
I'll start off with this: The Microsoft X3 Gaming Mouse is not the Perfect gaming mouse.

Why then did I give it 5 stars? I give it 5 stars because it is excellent at being what it claims to be, a great gaming mouse at a budget price.

Major Pros:
+ Very comfortable for the hand, even after long gaming sessions
+ Has enough buttons to be relatively useful without being overboard
+ DPI switching buttons are easy to use while also being out of the way during normal use
+ Can be used without much discomfort for browsing and day to day use
+ Scroll wheel is neither overpowering nor underwhelming
+ Recessed side button means that even if you aren't use to an extra button you don't hit it accidentally
+ (Only for the left-handed) It is ambidextrous. Can be used with either hand comfortably. Makes it a great option for left-handed gamers or households who desire a higher-tech multi-person use mouse for a mix of right and left-handed people

Cons:
- Side button being recessed can be strange to hit, one has to change their grip slightly
- DPI switching settings are not customizable (although for beginning gamers I believe the pre-sets are perfect)
- It doesn't look "ferocious", call me crazy but I think even a budget gaming mouse should have some sense of aggressive style

Conclusions:
The X3 fits the needs and wants of so many beginning gamers and advanced mice users while cutting down on kitschy or cliche extras. The pros of the mouse include its comfort, usability, sturdiness, longevity, and versatility while its few cons consist mostly of minor gripes which are superfluous when one considers the X3's price.
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