The SideWinder X3, Microsoft’s newest gaming mouse, skimps on bells and whistles but delivers 2,dpi performance and on-the-fly resolution changes. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. Microsoft claims it’s a better fit for smaller hands than its flashier siblings, although even with my largish hand it felt as if the left- and right side-mounted buttons were placed a few millimeters too far forward, the former just ahead of instead of under the thumb in my case. In games, I had no problems with this mouse. The two hallmarks of a gaming mouse are high resolution and high price, right? Microsoft SideWinder X3 Gaming Mouse The X3 is one of four mice in the SideWinder family and the second of three units from Microsoft being reviewed today –the original SideWinder was included in our five-mouse rundown back in

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Unlike its siblings in this review, the SideWinder X3 has an ambidextrous design and a two-tone color scheme: Give us something different, we mused. The rest of the software is generic in nature and offers the basic mouse options.

View All 6 Photos in Gallery. My regular-sized mitt fit the mouse well but it was a real stretch to reach this button with my thumb. The software disc included with the X3 is equipped with version 6. The mouse itself is comfortable but perhaps could micrrosoft slightly wider. The two hallmarks of a gaming mouse are high resolution and high price, right? Just by going over these specs can we see that this is engineered for gaming, most notably its quick enough laser sensor, on-the-fly dpi buttons, and clicky scroll wheel.

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Those of you with larger hands might not have the same issue.

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Formerly editor-in-chief of Home Office Computing, Eric Grevstad is a contributing editor for PCMag and Computer Shopper, where he earlier served as lead laptop analyst and executive editor, respectively. The only difference is the button layout changes from the two devices. Those features have become synonymous with gaming mice. This newsletter jicrosoft contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links.

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Subscribing to a newsletter indicates your consent to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Buttons include left and right click buttons, clickable scroll wheel, three buttons beneath the scroll wheel used to adjust the DPI on-the-fly, and two recessed silver buttons on either side of the mouse. My thumb and pinky finger would occasionally get caught on the sides of the mouse between it and the mouse pad, but I guess this will vary from user to user.

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I was able to remap keys as I wanted and the DPI selector buttons worked flawlessly. Bottom Line The SideWinder X3, Microsoft’s newest gaming mouse, skimps on bells and whistles but delivers 2,dpi performance and on-the-fly resolution changes. TechSpot Account Sign up for freeit takes 30 seconds. The mouse slides across my mouse pad with ease and is very quiet doing so.

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There are no rubber side grips like we have seen on other units on our test table. The X3’s official specs include 7,frame-per-second image processing, Hz USB reporting, 20g maximum acceleration, and a peak speed of 45 inches per second. PCMag reviews products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.

Microsoft SideWinder X3 Mouse

The Best PC Games. As anticipated, the layout is virtually identical to that of the software.

Sign up for freeit takes 30 seconds. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. The X3 is one of four mice in the SideWinder family and the second of three units from Microsoft being reviewed today –the original SideWinder was included in our five-mouse rundown back in Thumb button built for long thumbs.

You can remap five of the buttons and even create and store macros.