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Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse

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      03.01.2012 10:22
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      A great mouse if you want these features for a desktop

      I first got this mouse about three/four years ago now when I used to game more on my desktop pc. Before this I had never owned an expensive mouse before and was wondering, like you probably are, are more expensive mice really worth it?

      ---Out of the box---
      From the start I was excited about this product and really hoped that it lived up to expectations. When I got the product however I was actually a little daunted. This was due to the actual size of the mouse (I was only a young teenager at the time). It has to be said that this mouse has a rather 'chunky' rear end and a mean prowess about it. The mouse comes well packaged so that it cannot be hurt in transit and has three dpi changing buttons on it, two side buttons, a scroll wheel and left and right clicks.

      ---Setting Up---
      I have mainly used this mouse through Windows XP, but do believe it works on Windows 7 also. After you simply plug the USB in the mouse installs itself very quickly and remembers settings for future reference. There is a small program (downloadable for free off of the internet) that allows you to set up and change all of the buttons on the mouse and other relevant settings - which is very easy to use and I would recommend spending a little time fine-tuning any mouse in this way to optimise gaming or everyday usage. Back to the actual mouse then, there are weights which you can insert into the side of the mouse to change to your preference and these have a handy little storage box to keep them in when not in use.

      ---Comfort---
      Although I had small hands at the time and this beast of a mouse took a while to get used to - it was extremely comfortable even for long gaming periods at a time. Personally I think this is due to the large rear which is perfectly shaped to rest your palm over. The buttons themselves are easy yet reassuring to click and never misfire. Similarly the scroll wheel has a very gripping textured rubber surface and smooth rotation. Admittedly the side buttons and dpi buttons take a bit of getting used to if you have not had them before and also to the fact that you probably haven't pressed in that space before. Once learnt though they provide very efficient use of your hand and get more of your hand muscles working so you don't find your stiff after use.

      ---Aesthetics---
      As stated this mouse looks mean with its downward stance and irregular design, though it is a gaming mouse and well perhaps that is what you want. The finish is black gloss and matt with the sides made from rubber for comfort. Everything is kept quite simple with just buttons and two small red spaces at the back of the mouse to add to its terrifying nature. Maybe more of a rat than a mouse?

      ---Build Quality---
      I have used this mouse for years on my desktop computer. Key word there being desktop. Due to this the mouse has been unplugged only a handful of times so the USB cable has seen little wear and tear compared to if it were travelling. That said this mouse has lived up to all expectations and actually improved my efficiency of gameplay and everyday general use of a computer. All buttons have always fired when they are meant to and right on time with no delay at all. The finish of the mouse has provided a barrier to most scratches but inevitably some have occurred as expected. A very solid feeling and well-made mouse.

      ---Overall---
      This beast of a mouse is great for a gamer or just an average computer user looking for a mean mouse with a whole host of features. The mouse is very responsive on most surfaces (not as good as the now out blue track). The only downside to this mouse and the reason why I have got another (see my other Microsoft mouse review), is that this mouse is not very portable. When I bought myself my laptop I decided that I would have to invest in a wireless mouse as it just isn't practical to sit there with a massive long cable out of your laptop and have to transport that and untangle it so often. A great mouse that is now not that expensive (around £30) but maybe not a laptop mouse.

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      24.01.2010 14:22
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      great sturdy mouse

      This is a whole lot of mouse for your money. It is a big, chunky mouse that is bigger than any mouse I had ever used. I wasn't sure about the size when I first brought it home but believe me when I say it is very comfortable to use - I have quite small hands and it took a while before I felt comfortable with it but now I find it hard to use a small mouse. This is a great mouse that makes game playing easier but is also easy to use for normal computer use too.

      It comes with small weights that are put into a small slot on the side of the mouse and these can be varied depending on how light or heavy you personally want the mouse to be. There are also a variety of different feet to suit your personal preference too. The weights and feet are stored in a box that the mouse cable slots though meaning that your mouse has it's own little anchor.

      This is very easy to set up and even easier to operate. I didnt' think I would use all the buttons that were on the mouse but I found that the more comfortable I felt using the mouse the easier it was to set up the side buttons to make my game playing easier.

      As with other Microsoft products this comes with a pretty high RRP of £70 that is a bit cheeky. No way is it worth that price. As the other reviewer has said, shop around for this mouse. It really is worth the money, it was so good and easy to use that I had to go out and buy another one for my son as he kept trying to pinch mine.

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        10.06.2009 18:43
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        sweet

        well i got this mouse after some major internet searching and also some major bargin hunting, it retails for anywhere from between £25 which i got it for to around £50. alot of money for a mouse, yes but it is a mouse packed full of features. it has 10 buttons overall, although only 5 of these buttons can be "remapped". firstly the 5 that cant be remapped. these buttons come in the shape of 4 being down the middle of the mouse three placed close together which are for controlling the DPI of the laser, they can be changed using the software that comes with the mouse so each setting is configurable, the DPI ranges from 200 to 2000, which is useful for a wide range of things where lower DPI's are used for more precise work. the cilver button which is placed further back on the mouse, opens the "games" folder in windows, not very useful but hey its a button. the other unmappable button is on the left hand side which is infront of the 2 vertically placed buttons this is for on the fly macros. now to the other 5 buttons there is the standard 2 mouse clicking buttons, a further 2 buttons on the left side which on any other mouse would be placed sude by side but not here they are placed one above the other which is a bit stange at first but is very good and easy to use setup after you are used to it, and the final 10 button is by pressing the scroll wheel (not really a button but hey) each of these buttons can be remapped and changed to provide a range of functions for the user. this mouse also is the first ever mouse to have a lcd display on it, not much use except to tell you which dpi setting that the mouse is currently set at. the final 2 features of this mouse is that it has removable feet and also weaight. the mouse comes with 3 different sets of feet made from different materials which can be swapped around for different glideability. and also has a compartment where you can place weights which are supplied with the mouse so you can customise it to the perfect weight for the user. this mouse is rather a big piece of gaming equipment but i would recommend it for all gaming users and also for someone who is into picture editing due to the varied precision. all in all a good mouse

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