Microsoft SideWinder X8 Mouse

By Xah Lee. Date: .

This came out in 2009 June.

Microsoft Sidewinder X8 mouse. Wireless.

Microsoft sidewinder x8 mouse
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Microsoft Sidewinder X8 mouse, and a recharger with magnetic connector.

All Microsoft SideWinder Series [see Microsoft SideWinder Mouse Series] have 1 scroll wheel, 3 instant-change DPI buttons, and at least 5 programable buttons. But the X8 has 7 programable buttons, counting the left/right nudge of the scroll wheel (aka tilt).

The X8 is wireless, all the others are wired. The wireless of X8 is actually quite advanced. It uses and comes with one standard AA sized rechargeable battery. It has a magnetic connector, so it snaps onto the mouse when you need to connect the charger, and you can use it as a wired mouse while it is charging. It also features a new blue laser technology, for a 4k DPI tracking. But even if you are a hardcore gamer, any DPI over 2k is basically useless. [see What is Mouse DPI? Does DPI Matter?]

The middle 3 red buttons let you change DPI by a single press. They light up. For example, on the X3, the top button is 2000 DPI, the middle 800, the bottom 400.

Changing DPI is a great feature. For gaming, you want fast turning, but when you are aiming at a distant target, you want less sensitivity for precision aiming. This applies for non-gaming work as well, such as working in 3D Modeling Software .

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