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Gaming grade mouse with the combination of wireless capability
on 4 December 2009
I've had the Microsoft Sidewinder X8 for a couple of weeks now and so far I've been very impressed. I previously used an old laser microsoft mouse but this has well passed it's best days now and felt that it was time to get a new one. My top priorities for a new mouse were decent DPI and wireless capability. Through various reviews and browsing forums I concluded on getting the Microsoft Sidewinder mouse (its predecessor). However, just when I was about to purchase the mouse, I heard Microsoft was releasing this version...so I waited. I'm glad I did!
The major differences between the Sidewinder X8 and the Sidewinder are increased DPI (from 2000 to 4000), wireless, and lack of adjustable weights. I was quite surprised to not see adjustable weights but it is not something I worry about. Some gamers might question the wireless on a gaming mice due to lag but Microsoft has stated they did intensive testing and found no difference in latency between wired mouses and the Sidewinder X8.
Installation of the software was a breeze. Once that was completed, I plugged in the USB and as soon as I started using the Sidewinder X8 I noticed a significant tracking improvement over my old microsoft mouse. It's much more precise and this was at 2000 DPI. The vertical side buttons are as good, if not slightly better than the horizontal ones but they may take a while getting used to them. The rest of the buttons work great and haven't had a problem with setting up a macro on the macro button. The LCD screen showing the battery metre and DPI is a nice touch as well.
The wireless receiver is shaped like a puck and its charger wire is wrapped around making it very easy to extend. The magnetic end on the charger wire allows it easily to snap on to the mouse. If your battery is dead (which didn't happen for awhile) you can still use the mouse as soon as it attaches. Inside the puck contains two different mouse feet pads in addition to the default ones on the mouse. I tried them all and there is a slight difference between them but opted to leave the default ones on. However, I noticed they easily attract moist and accumulate scratches. I'm afraid that this might disrupt the smooth movements although I have not noticed any so far.
Overall I have been extremely pleased with this mouse and would highly recommend to anybody who is currently browsing the market for a new mouse.