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Microsoft Sidewinder X3

Microsoft Sidewinder X3
alaScore 85

147 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and build quality. The usability and design also get good feedback.

value for money, design, usability, build quality, size

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 147 reviews)

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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...

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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

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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...


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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.

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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

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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...

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Amazon review summary for SideWinder X3 Mouse


alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of SideWinder X3 Mouse 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

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84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Perfectly Good


Mice tend to fit different people's hands differently. My hand is pretty small. If your hand is big, it just might work out.

Good, solid scroll wheel. Has all of the other good benefits of a quality mouse, high dpi etc

The left button, not mouse button, the mouse 4 button, is a little far away from my thumb and its hard to reach. Feels a little lighter than I like

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Some problems


Many buttons

The wheel stopped opening new windows when I used it to click links about three months into ownership. It finnaly died after about 9 months, when I spilled some wine on it even though barely any touched the mouse

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A solid, but clunky mouse


Despite complaining a fair bit, the mouse seems pretty good, hence the five stars. I'll recommend it, but not without at least suggesting you look at the Logitech M500 or better first. I sort of wish I'd just purchased another one of those instead of...

Nothing really exceptional, just a solid built, affordable mouse

This mouse is interesting because of several features, namely the ambidextrous design and selective DPI which sound cool, but ultimately come up short. The design and button layout makes it sort of awkward if you're used to a more ergonomic design,...

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