Jerry Jackson, editor at our sister site NotebookReview.com, recently got his hands on the Microsoft Sidewinder X8 gaming mouse, and gave it a thorough going-over. He found it to be a nice mouse overall, great for gaming and assorted OS tasks. In the pros column, Jerry mentions that it feels better, thanks to the improved ergonomic design over the last revision, and the magnetically-attached cable (think MagSafe) it uses for charging is simple and easy. A small LCD gives users a better idea of the resolution as the swap DPI on the fly.
On the downside, though, the mouse is suitable for right-handed mousing only; while Microsoft traditionally releases ambidextrous (for lack of a better word) mice, you won’t be seeing this in the left hand. It also doesn’t come with a weight pack that lets you set the feel of the mousing experience, which is a noticeable gap since the mouse carries an MSRP of a hundred bucks. Jerry also suffered issues with the Sidewinder’s battery life, which isn’t much of a surprise considering all the tech inside the mouse. It’s still a letdown, though, considering you can buy other (non-gaming, admittedly) wireless mice with battery lives now measured in months or years.
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