Get up to 30 hours of active gaming on a single charge, or use the play-and-charge cable for nonstop action. You also get three sets of different feet for the X8, which lets you tailor the tactile feel of the mouse to whatever surface you choose. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links. The scroll wheel on the X5 had a rubber coating; on the X8 they replaced it with a metal scroll wheel. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form. Categories include button reassignments, pointer speed and appearance options, dpi sensitivity settings.

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Microsoft SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse Review

sdiewinder This design lets you simply rock your thumb up and down to press the buttons, minimizing the need for a discrete thumb motion that takes you out of primary control flow. The redesigned replaceable gliders help the X8 slide much smoother than the X5.

More information about the Hardware Group is available at http: But after a second X8 arrived in our labs, we experienced the same issues and decided to dig a bit deeper. With the addition of the amazingly simple software, the LCD screen, on the fly macro’s, and side to side clicking on the scroll wheel and its possible that Microsoft has been reading my thoughts if so, sorry about that other stuff Microsoft.

I’m curious if Razer and Logitech will be able to outdo them this time. We’ve changed, we promise. The lift-off distance is average—only a small cursor jerk when lifting the mouse off the mousepad. Thankfully the battery life on the X8 is great, who would want to have their mouse die mid game. This newsletter may contain advertising, deals, or affiliate links.


Of course by more complicated I mean you will have to put the battery into the mouse, lol. It didn’t take long in game to realize this won’t be an issue.

So this looks to be solely a Microsoft peripherals thing.

The metal wheel doesn’t grip very well compared to the old wheel. Packaging The X8 packaging is very similar to the X5 packaging with a few small exceptions.

Installation is as simple as running the install disc, putting the battery in the mouse, and plug in the charge station. In place of all of the random game characters on the packaging this time around its all Maser Chief from Halo, according to Microsoft the mouse was styled with Halo in mind.

DPI and Precision An important metric with fast-action, twitch gaming is a quick and accurate sensor. Our TS Server Info: Outside of the normal buttons, Microsoft included the ability to set macros on the fly using a button located just in front of mmouse two side buttons.

Microsoft SideWinder X8 BlueTrack mouse out this week – SlashGear

Wait, a wireless gaming mouse? Upon unplugging it, the mouse scrolled perfectly.

Topics Gaming Microsoft mouse peripherals Wireless. Plugging in any of these two peripherals, and perhaps others at the same frequency from Microsoft, pretty much kills horizontal scrolling.


Inside the mouse is packed in an easy to open snap together clear package. I look forward to the fight though; it will only bring gamers even better mouee. So this is useful to know in case you run into a similar problem.

Overall Being a wireless gaming mouse the X8 has the challenge of overcoming the lag and short battery life of most wireless mice, all while sporting the added features of a gaming mouse. The redesigned side buttons are still easy to reach mkuse not as easy to bump into like the X5. Scroll Wheel with Tilt Better feel and response with detents for precise control.

Sidewinder X8 Mouse | Device downloads | Microsoft Accessories

The sensitivity tab didn’t change at all from the X5 other than the highest DPI setting is now The Bottom Line Microsoft’s SideWinder X8 isn’t the only mouse that can swap seamlessly between wired and wireless modes; however, between its BlueTrack sensor and its on-the-fly macro recording capability–not to mention a competitive price–we imagine few PC gamers won’t want to get their hands on it.

We do wish we had the option of remapping the Quick Launch button. Continue to next page 01 Don’t show this again.