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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse

Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse
alaScore 87

661 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 661 reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and size. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably.

price, usability, design, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on Reviewers really like the design and usability. Many are critical about the reliability and size.

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size, reliability

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Microsoft Sidewinder X5 (PC)

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse


alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 user reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices on People are impressed by the reliability and durability. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft SideWinder X5 MouseMicrosoft SideWinder X5 MouseMicrosoft Sidewinder X5 9-Button USB Gaming Laser Scroll Mouse w/Up to 2000 DPI, 3 DPI Settings & Macro Support

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Will Smith (

Microsoft Sidewinder X5


Sporting an ever-so-slightly trimmed-down shape compared to the original Sidewinder gaming mouse, along with a stripped down featureset, the Sidewinder X5 delivers great performance at a very reasonable price. Like the original Sidewinder, the design...

Sensor is super-accurate. Top-and-bottom thumb buttons kick ass. Love the three button sensitivity adjustment

Still too honkin’ big. No reason to install the software, unless you want to make sensitivity adjustments. Sidewinder button is useless

All told, this “budget” gaming mouse is an improvement on the more expensive Sidewinder original, but there are still cheaper, more comfortable budget mice out there. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you can’t palm a basketball, your...

Aug, 2008

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Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse


Despite their cord-free convenience, wireless mice have a poor adoption rate among serious PC gamers because of lag and signal hiccups. Microsoft's feature-heavy SideWinder X8 solves that problem with a hybrid design that lets you swap almost...

Hybrid wired/wireless design eliminates downtime between battery charges; BlueTrack sensor expands mousing surface options; easy on-the-fly macro recording; 4,000dpi maximum.

Scroll wheel needs a better grip; signal drop-off in wireless mode at high sensitivity.

Microsoft's SideWinder X8 isn't the only mouse that can swap seamlessly between wired and wireless modes; however, between its BlueTrack sensor and its on-the-fly macro recording capability--not to mention a competitive price--we imagine few PC gamers...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse


Microsoft's new SideWinder X5 Mouse is a stripped-down version of last year's Editors' Choice-winning SideWinder Gaming Mouse . Where the original model was a packed-to-the-gills gaming powerhouse, the X5 feels flimsy and expensive for the $60...

Improved sculpt; moisture-resistant coating.

Competing Logitech mouse offers more mouse for the buck; lacks heft.

Microsoft's pared-down SideWinder X5 Mouse is supposed to offer PC gamers a lower-cost version of its award-winning higher-end model. Instead, it comes across as flimsy and overly stripped down. Other mice deliver better control for the same price.

Aug, 2008

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Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse


In designing its new Sidewinder Gaming Mouse, we imagine Microsoft's product designers going over the features of the Logitech G5 and the Razer DeathAdder and asking "what else can we cram in there?" For a suggested price of $80, the Sidewinder...

Tons of hardware and software customizability; accessories box doubles as a cable management system.

Design needs some softening; superfluous LCD screen adds cost; dedicated hot button not customizable.

Microsoft took almost every popular feature of various high-end gaming mice and wrapped it into one highly customizable product. The design could use a little refinement, but otherwise the new Sidewinder Gaming Mouse would be a worthy addition to your...

Oct, 2007

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Review: Microsoft SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Maximum CPU (

Microsoft Sidewinder X8

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: garfi3ld (

Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Mouse


For years before I got into gaming I used my trusty ol mouse and keyboard, both being Microsoft products. The Intellimouse itself held up to multiple beatings without a hiccup. I know a lot of people who have stood by their Microsoft peripherals for...

So before I took a look at the Sidewinder X5 I wasn't really a fan of previous Sidewinder mice. I can say now that I've spent more time with it that I can see why it is a popular mouse. The mouse does have two thumb buttons, underlighting, and amazing...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Active Network (

Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse


Excellent Speed, Easy to setup, Great charger pack, Better design

Struggles on Cloth, Some sligh i, nterference in Dual-Band wi-fi setups.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: John A. Burek (

Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse


This highly programmable gaming mouse gets it almost all right—which it needs to, considering the high price.

Easy macro programming, even from within games; seven programmable buttons; can be used as a wired mouse while charging; swappable glide feet

Designed for righties only; cumbersome receiver; needs more separation between programmable thumb buttons

At $99.99 list price, or $75 to $80 on the street at the time of this writing, the SideWinder X8 is pushing into the upper price reaches for enthusiast mice. A mouse this pricey has to get everything right to justify the outlay. Microsoft came very...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: The HL Staff (

Microsoft Sidewinder X8


Today, we take a look at the SideWinder X8, the latest addition to the team and a first for Microsoft as a wireless gaming mouse. Incorporating their newfangled BlueTrack Technology, the SideWinder X8 a blistering fast laser sensor capable of...

The Sidewinder X8 looks to capture the gaming peripheral market with awe by improving upon its original SideWinder mouse and tagging on several nice features. We loved the Play 'N Charge concept borrowed from the Xbox 360. This ensures that you'll...

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Elevate your skills with the revolutionary Microsoft SideWinder Mouse designed to provide you with unprecedented performance, handling, and adaptability. Customize your mouse with every game you play using advanced software and adjustable accessories. Use the first ever LCD display on a gaming mouse for macro recording and DPI settings to reduce on-screen interference during gameplay.

Dimensions & Weight



Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1/3
Product Line:Microsoft SideWinder/Microsoft SideWinder Mouse/Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse/Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse

Input Device

Buttons Qty:5/7/9
Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
Form Factor:External
Interface (DA):USB
Interface (DB):2.4 GHz/USB
Movement Detection Technology:Laser/Optical


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Microsoft Windows Vista / XP