This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. Is this right for you? Before the end of our SideWinder X8 review , we lamented the fact that Microsoft released yet another SideWinder Mouse that looked just like two of its predecessors, offering just a few more bells and whistles yet with the same design. My regular-sized mitt fit the mouse well but it was a real stretch to reach this button with my thumb. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate. Post a Comment Comment.

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Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse Specs – CNET

In games, I had no problems with this mouse. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. Microsoft SideWinder X3 Gaming Mouse The X3 is one of four mice in the Mivrosoft family and the second of three units from Microsoft being reviewed today –the original SideWinder was included in our five-mouse rundown back in The scroll wheel has a decent grip, a nice tactical feel and is easy to depress.

Formerly editor-in-chief of Home Office Computing, Eric Grevstad is a contributing editor for PCMag and Computer Shopper, where he earlier served moues lead laptop analyst and executive editor, respectively.

Eric Grevstad Contributing Editor. The rest of the software is generic in nature and offers the basic mouse options. Give us something different, we mused. Those of you with larger hands might not have the same issue.


While it does carry the SideWinder gaming brand, it does offer users a different look and feel over the three previous SideWinder mice.

Upshifts and downshifts are instantaneous, and the feature is appealing enough to win over image-editing buffs as well as fast-twitch fraggers. Microsoft claims it’s a better fit for smaller hands than its flashier siblings, although even with my largish hand it felt as if the left- and right side-mounted buttons were placed a few millimeters too far forward, the former just ahead of instead of under the thumb in my case.

The first ambidextrous SideWinder, the X3 has an understated, slightly flared oval shape that allows you to use it for everyday mousing without feeling as if you’re driving a Star Wars Super Star Destroyer to work. You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. Fastest Microsoff Networks Targus Retractable Kaleidoscope Notebook Mouse.

Add your comment to this article You need to be a member to leave a comment. The bottom of the mouse is red and features two large, smooth Teflon-style feet, one at the top and one at the bottom, while the sits right in the center of the mouse. Just by going over these specs can we see that this is engineered for gaming, most notably its quick enough laser sensor, on-the-fly dpi buttons, and clicky scroll wheel.


But it won’t hold you back when the action heats up, either. View All 6 Photos in Gallery. A ready-made macro, Quick Turn, lets your game character spin degrees with one click to foil attacks from the rear. Cons No horizontal scrolling.

Enter the SideWinder X3. Could be wider Side buttons just out of reach for my regular sized hand. The SideWinder X3, Microsoft’s newest gaming mouse, skimps on bells and whistles but delivers 2,dpi performance and on-the-fly resolution changes.

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The X3’s official specs include 7,frame-per-second image processing, Hz USB reporting, 20g maximum acceleration, and a peak speed of 45 inches per second.

Unlike its siblings in muose review, the SideWinder X3 has an ambidextrous design and a two-tone color scheme: You can remap five of the buttons and even create and store macros. The mouse itself is sidewwinder but perhaps could be slightly wider. Post a Comment Comment. There are no rubber side grips like we have seen on other units on our test table.

I was able to remap keys as I wanted and the DPI selector buttons worked flawlessly.