Opening Review- Sidewinder x8 Gaming Mouse

So recently I did a review on the Razer Mamba. Excluding the “super” class, that is the most expensive mouse on the market. (Super class being the people that could pay millions of dollars for one). The one I am going to talk about today is not only less expensive, it is also in my opinion better.

The wrapping is nothing special, except that it has Master Chief on it. It includes.

-The mouse itself

-The recharging puck with the replaceable mouse feet

-The intellimouse software and manuals

-The rechargeable mouse battery

The Charging Station

This is easily the best use of easy charging and detachment I have seen. The Sidewinder is wireless, but you can make it wired by hooking the small recharging cordon. You don’t slot a usb in though, you just place the magnetic cord end under the connection area in the front and it snaps on remarkably easily, also snapping off when you’re done very easily. The cord can be easily wound around the puck, which easily prevents it from cluttering your desk, and it even has 2 sets of  replaceable mouse feet on top for varying amounts of mouse traction.

The Mouse Features

First, ergonomics (comfort). The Sidewinder fits very well into the average person’s hand. I have a large hand, so people with smaller hands may have to hold it a little higher, but not in any inconvienencing way. The buttons are placed superbly to fit a right hand. It will work well for left handers too, but the side buttons aren’t quite so easily accessable on the left. On a right hand however they are placed right where your thumb is, making them incredibly easy to use. The Sidewinder uses advanced Bluetrack technology, which has a polling rate of I believe 13,000 frames per second (fps) tracking. All I know is that the thing even tracked on my carpet blanket ^^ it should work with any surface you care to use it on without any problems, although I have heard of a sometime problem with cloth mousepads, I had no problem when I tested on one though.

The Buttons

Technically there are 10 buttons. The two silver button placed right with your thumb, the black button farther along on the same side for macros, the silver quickaction button on top, the three DPI buttons along the top, and the scroll wheel. The macro is very useful, as it is pretty easy to set. You just click the macro button, click the button you want the macro assigned to, then do the macro and press it again to finish. This can be anything to typing something to running somewhere in CoD and can be very useful.

You can customize the DPI buttons on top to have different amounts for each, and the mouse has a DPI (sensitivity) high of 4000. That is very high, especially for a wireless mouse. I have mine set to 4000, 3000, and 1000 right now, with me usually using the 3000. The mouse wheel can be set to three different scroll settings. Free roll, if you want to go down a page quickly, normal scroll, with many small clicks, and click by click, which you would want to use to -change weapons- for example in a game. The wheel has 3 buttons. Down, Left Side, Right side. There is some give before you get them, but even when playing a game I found the effect neglible.

To Finish

I found that the Sidewinder x8 is an excellent mouse so far, and I plan to be using it as my main mouse now and for quite a while. It it listed as $100 retail price, but Amazon has it for 75 dollars, and it can be found for similar prices on other sites.

Final Rating: 5/5 and great for it’s price!

Thanks for reading my first blog review!



About Dominic Ricci

Dominic has worked in the industry as both a producer and designer, absorbing many skill sets and branching out as much as he can with his experience to be as competitive as possible. He feels video games are the premier medium for thoughts and expressions in the world, and he wants to help make those experiences as successful as possible. Outside of work, health and fitness are also passions that Dominic holds, and nothing is more fun than going to the gym and then crashing at home to play a game with some friends.
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4 Responses to Opening Review- Sidewinder x8 Gaming Mouse

  1. zython says:

    That actually looks pretty cool.

  2. clear10shot says:

    nice review :)

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