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Microsoft SideWinder X3

Microsoft SideWinder X3
alaScore 86

156 reviews

Mar, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X3. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and reliability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, price, design, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Microsoft SideWinder X3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The design and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, design, size, reliability

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2015


Expert review by: Michael Brown (

Microsoft SideWinder X3


We were surprised how much we liked Microsoft's wireless SideWinder X8 gaming mouse, but let's face it: $100 is a lot of dough to drop on a rodent. So we're happy to report that the wired SideWinder X3—which costs less than half as much as it fancier...

Great scroll wheel ; highly programmable ; value priced

Inferior side buttons ; less resolution than more expensive mice

The X3 is a rock-solid value and it should appeal considerably to bargain shoppers...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Eric Grevstad (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse


The SideWinder X3, Microsoft's newest gaming mouse, skimps on bells and whistles but delivers 2,000-dpi performance and on-the-fly resolution changes.

Ambidextrous. Affordable. Instant sensitivity adjustments

No horizontal scrolling. Thumb button built for long thumbs

May, 2009

Expert review by: Tweak News (tweaknews)

Expert Review

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: garfi3ld (

Microsoft Sidewinder x3 Gaming Mouse


In the past I have reviewed multiple Microsoft Sidewinder products including the X5 and X8 mice. I was impressed with the performance and features of both specifically with the wireless X8. The only problem is not everyone can afford to throw down the...

Microsoft set out to bring out a budget gaming mouse that anyone could afford. On that note they defiantly succeeded. With a MSRP of 39.99 the Sidewinder X3 is a good value and I'm sure that price will only go down in time. If you are left handed this...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: SHAUN CONLIN (

SideWinder X3 Mouse


Though Microsoft's Sidewinder line of PC peripherals are always solidly respectably, resolutely functional, the new SideWinder X3 Mouse just doesn't cut muster when stacked up against the many similar offerings available from other performance...

At forty bucks US, fifty Cdn, Microsoft's SideWinder X3 Mouse is certainly "affordable" - a tad pricier than a "regular" mouse but less than most gamer-class pointing devices, which run from about $50 up to some $150 for the hardcore Uber rodents.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Sandeep (

Review: Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse


Microsoft recently unveiled the latest addition to the SideWinder line, the new SideWinder X3 Mouse. Designed for convenient use by both left- and right-handed folks, it comes in a smaller shape as well, along with plenty of control features for gaming

May, 2009

Expert review by: Shane McGlaun (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Gaming Mouse Review


Gaming mice tend to be expensive if you go with high-end products. The problem with high-end gaming mice is that they are almost exclusively right hand only designs meaning that left-handed gamers are left out. With the current economy many gamers...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Good Gear (

An entry-level Microsoft gaming mouse for left- and right-handed users


The Microsoft Sidewinder X3 is a stripped-down alternative to the Sidewinder X5. While a few bells-and-whistles are gone, its performance is on par with its sibling. It will mainly appeal to cash-strapped and/or left-handed gamers (in fact, feel free...

Precise and speedy performance, ambidextrous design, programmable controls, affordable price

Lacking in 'wow' factor, DPI sensitivity could be higher, 'budget gaming mouse' is a bit of an oxymoron

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Microsoft Sidewinder X3 gaming mouse


The Sidewinder X3 is a new entry-level addition to Microsoft's range of dedicated gaming mice.

Precise and speedy performance, ambidextrous design, programmable controls, affordable price ;

Lacking in 'wow' factor, DPI sensitivity could be higher, 'budget gaming mouse' is a bit of an oxymoron ;

All up, the Sidewinder X3 is an impressive gaming mouse for the asking price, especially if you happen to be left-handed. On the other hand, hardcore gamers with cash to burn will be better off with the Sidewinder X5 or X8 — for bragging rights, if...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 - Laser Gaming Mouse


Microsoft delivers an affordable ambidextrous gaming mouse.

Feb, 2011

Product Specifications

The SideWinder X3 Mouse combines gaming performance and versatile design at a value price. This ambidextrous, eight-button gaming mouse delivers comfort for either hand along with the performance features fans of SideWinder products know and love, including a 2,000 dots-per-inch (dpi) laser-tracking engine with on-the-fly dpi switching between high, medium and low sensitivity. The SideWinder X3 Mouse is easy on the wallet, but it does not skimp on performance, offering gamers a full set of features and launching them ahead of the competition. The SideWinder X3 Mouse has five programmable main buttons that are customizable to gamers' preferences and tested for extreme gaming, with the main button life rated to 10 million clicks.


Built-in Storage Capability: No
Charging Unit Included: No
Force / Vibrate Feedback: No
Read / Write Functionality: No
Scrolling Type:2-ways
Scrolling Wheel: Yes
USB Hub: No

General Features

Battery-free Mouse: No
Gaming Product: Yes
Graphic Tablet with Mouse:Not Applicable
Graphic Tablet with Pen:Not Applicable
Input Registration:Optical Laser
Notebook Mouse: No
Platform:PC / Mac
Type:PC Mouse
Type of Connection:Cable