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Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 20 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Gaming Mouse ARB-00001
Closer Look: Sidewinder X5
Performance: Microsoft Sidewinder X5
Sidewinder Final Thoughts
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Microsoft X5 Gaming Mouse Conclusion

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 professional looking and contains all the necessary information that is needed to make an informed decision.

The Microsoft Sidewinder X5, itself is much larger looking than most "normal" sized mice with a larger rear end and wider body. The LEDs are superfluous and annoying as they serve no purpose on a laser device. Beyond that, the mouse is very sharp.

The Microsoft Sidewinder X5 is a very light weight mouse weighing 20 grams less than the previous Sidewinder mouse without any weights. While the mouse is constructed of fairly hard plastic, I cannot determine how the light weight would affect build quality. Otherwise, it feels sturdy.

The Sidewinder X5 performed very well. The laser sensor certainly helped make keep the mouse in check so that there's no bouncing or jumping around of the cursor. The custom mouse keys were generally well placed and useful.

At $39.95 at Newegg, The Sidewinder X5 is a very affordable mouse. Considering the positive experiences I've had with Microsoft mice, the nice ergonomic feel and the bonuses and features of the mouse, I feel that the Sidewinder X5 is a great bang for your buck.

In conclusion, I find the Microsoft Sidewinder X5 to be a product of refinement. The mouse, essentially, contains the core features of any of the other serious gaming mice and attempts to create the best mouse possible. I'll reserve my judgment on which mouse I consider the best, I feel that the Sidewinder X5 is definitely one of the most comfortable I've used and I whole-heartedly recommend it, especially to those with large hands.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ 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


  • Presentation: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.00
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.50
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.1 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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