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Microsoft SideWinder X3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 157 reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X3. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People really like the durability and reliability. The design and price also get good reviews, but many are negative about the size.

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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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Microsoft SideWinder X3


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 People are impressed by the durability and size. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

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

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft SideWinder X3 MouseMicrosoft SideWinder X3 Mouse

May, 2018

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse


Five programmable buttons plus quick-switch resolution buttons power up the SideWinder X3 Mouse, the newest member of Microsoft's SideWinder family.

Ambidextrous. Affordable. Instant sensitivity adjustments.

No horizontal scrolling. Thumb button built for long thumbs.

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May, 2009

Expert review by : Tweak News (tweaknews)

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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 : Jeff B (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse In May


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Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Microsoft Sidewinder X3 gaming mouse


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

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

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...

May, 2009

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Microsoft SideWinder X3 - Laser Gaming Mouse


Microsoft delivers an affordable ambidextrous gaming mouse.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by (

Microsoft Sidewinder X3 review


Microsoft's Sidewinder X3 is one of the few gaming mice with a symmetrical design that's suited to both left- and right-handed people.

A decent replacement mouse for use on the desktop, but it's gaming features are rather lacklustre. There are many better gaming mice.

Jan, 2010

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.


Color of product:Black

Energy Management

Power Source:Cable


Cable Length:82.7 / 83.2 / 84.4
Plug and Play: Yes

Input Device

Button functions:DPI switch
Buttons quantity:5 / 8
Device interface:USB
Movement detection technology:Laser / Optical
Movement Resolution:2000
Number of scroll wheels:1
Programmable mouse buttons: Yes
Recommended usage:PC
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP (32/64-bit) / Windows Vista, Windows XP / Windows XP/Vista / Windows XP/Vista/7
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM / USB port, CD drive
Mouse dimensions (WxDxH):2.76 x 4.72 x 1.61 / 4.72 x 2.76 x 1.61
Number of products included:1
Product dimensions (W x D x H):2.76 x 4.72 x 1.61 / 4.72 x 2.76 x 1.61
USB required: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Data

User guide: Yes


Power Source:Cable

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:No / Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Mouse weight:4.8
Weight note (metric):4.8