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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse

Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse
alaScore 85

478 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 478 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and build quality. The design and usability also get good views.

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

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Microsoft SideWinder X5


Back in the day, shopping for gaming peripherals meant sifting through a ton of Microsoft's SideWinder products to find what you needed. Everything from SideWinder controllers, to joysticks, to force-feedback steering wheels lined hardware stores; to...

The SideWinder X5 is priced at Rs 2840, which makes it a little expensive for an entry-level gaming mouse. While the mouse is ideal for those who game for many hours at stretch, the number of buttons is inadequate for most MMORPG players who love their...

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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...

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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.


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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...

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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...

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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...


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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse


When we last looked at Microsoft's revitalization of the Sidewinder peripheral line, we weren't very impressed. Though the mouse was technologically sound, it was painfully uncomfortable to use. We weren't ...

Smooth accurate movement ; Fully customizable feel and functionality ; Adjustable DPI that's quick to access ; Comfortable to use

Needs features of original SideWinder ; Software still shares problems with old SideWinder

Microsoft included a fairly simple package with the SideWinder X5. This isn’t surprising, given this mouse's positioning as a cheaper alternative to the SideWinder. Still they have included their full software package, which allows you to customize the...

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Review: Microsoft SideWinder X5 Gaming Mouse


Microsoft has been making gaming gear for a while now and they have been getting pretty good at it. Microsoft's first serious gaming mouse was the SideWinder, which came after a collaboration with Razer to produce the Habu. The original SideWinder...

Golden Tachometer Award

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Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Gaming Mouse ARB-00001


Figuring out what makes a good gaming mouse is always difficult. The mouse is definitely one of the most varied input devices around for computers. You find all sorts of different types of mice on the market for both gaming and regular usage. The...

On the fly dpi switching with settings up to 2000dpi ; Laser tracking sensor ; Large ergonomic design ; 5 customizable buttons including two side buttons ; Crisp feeling mouse buttons

Annoying LEDs on the back of the mouse ; Shortcut key that cannot be customized ; Dpi setting buttons uncomfortable to reach

The packing of the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 goes beyond the traditional or regular packaging, certainly making it stand. It's less of an eye-popping display and more of a novel design for cardboard. Like most Microsoft products, the packaging is very...

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Review: Microsoft Sidewinder X5


A new Microsoft gaming mouse takes on established competitors.

Sensitivity up to 2,000dpi, selectable through mouse buttons ; Forward and back buttons better positioned to avoid accidents ; Ergonomic ; Aesthetically appealing

Right button easy to click accidentally ; Scrollwheel feels too far forward ; Windows-only ; Requires special software, reboot

There was a time when the idea of a high-performance gaming mouse could be considered gimmicky, if not laughable. For the most part, after all, a mouse was a mouse, and game developers couldn't assume you had anything special. The concept managed t

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