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Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse

alaTest has collected and analyzed 508 reviews of Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Mouse & Pointing Devices for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and size. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( 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 Reviewers really like 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.

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May, 2018

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

Expert review by : (

Review: Microsoft SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : John Burek (

Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse Review and Ratings


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

Apr, 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 : 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


Expert review by : Jason Landals (futurelooks)

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...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Sal Cangeloso (

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...

Oct, 2008

Golden Tachometer Award

Expert review by : Mat Thompson (

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...

Oct, 2008

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.


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight


Energy Management

Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:1
Power Source:Cable


Cable Length:72
LED Indicators: Yes


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

Button functions:DPI switch
Buttons Qty:5/7/9
Buttons quantity:10 / 12 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 9
Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
Device interface:PS/2 / RF Wireless / USB
Form Factor:External
Frequency band:2.4
Interface (DA):USB
Interface (DB):2.4 GHz/USB
Movement Detection Technology:Laser/Optical
Movement detection technology:BlueTrack / Laser / Optical
Movement Resolution:2000 / 4000
Number of scroll wheels:1
Programmable mouse buttons: Yes
Scroll: Yes


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

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows Vista & Windows XP / Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / Windows 7, Vista, XP / Windows Vista, XP / Windows Vista/XP / Windows XP/Vista
Minimum system requirements:Powered USB port\nCD drive / USB / USB, CD-ROM
Mouse dimensions (WxDxH):3.06 x 5.04 x 1.61 / 3.06 x 5.08 x 1.66
Product dimensions (W x D x H):3.06 x 5.04 x 1.61 / 3.06 x 5.08 x 1.66
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB required: Yes


Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:1
Power Source:Cable

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported: No
Minimum hard disk space:100
OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows Vista / Microsoft Windows XP SP2/Microsoft Windows Vista / XP

Weight & Dimensions

Height:1.65 / 5.04
Mouse weight:5.71
Weight note (metric):5.71
Width:3.06 / 3.1