Despite their cord-free convenience, wireless mice have a poor adoption rate among serious PC gamers because of lag and signal hiccups. The X8’s two primary buttons perform as expected, but we don’t love the metal scroll wheel. The X8 is very similar to the previous two, but some changes were made and we now have a more angular mouse than in the past. Logitech’s smooth-tracking, comfy mouse keeps carpal tunnel at arm’s length. The mini version of the MX Master, Logitech’s flagship wireless mouse, is almost as feature-rich Beyond the button layout, Microsoft distinguishes the SideWinder X8 most uniquely with its proprietary BlueTrack sensor. Throw in Microsoft’s souped-up BlueTrack sensor technology, a well-sculpted design for right handed people , and a handful of other features, and the SideWinder X8 fits comfortably among the gaming mice elite.
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Continue to next page 01 Overall, the SideWinder X8 is a mixed bag. A lot of this comes down to person preference, but it has always seemed like Microsoft decided on the feature set and then designed the product, as opposed to building up a great mouse and then finding a way to get the right features inside.
We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. The biggest single factor is that the X8 is wireless.
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By Sal Cangeloso Despite their cord-free convenience, wireless mice have a poor adoption rate among serious PC gamers because of lag and signal hiccups. Review Sections Review Prices Specs. We’ve changed, we promise.
Your thumb fits naturally between the two side buttons. Don’t show this again. This design helps your hand fall into sidewjnder natural grip. Logitech’s smooth-tracking, comfy mouse keeps carpal tunnel at arm’s length. Microsoft’s feature-heavy SideWinder X8 solves that problem with a hybrid design that lets you swap almost seamlessly between wired and wireless connection.
The compact, smooth-operating K is a desktop wireless keyboard replacement that connects The Bad Scroll wheel needs a better grip; signal drop-off in wireless mode at high sensitivity.
We have looked at a lot of sidewinde in the past and while it all always looks impressive on paper, I generally have not been won over by the devices.
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But instead of the older models’ rounded nubs, the X8’s side buttons slope inward, providing a cradle for your thumb. The Ssidewinder X8 has an attractive, futuristic design that’s smoothes out some of the rough edges from earlier incarnations of Microsoft’s new generation of SideWinder mice. Right-handers will appreciate the layout and design of the two side-buttons. Discussion threads sidesinder be closed at any time at our discretion.
At the most basic level you set a mouse button to something like Shift or Ctrl, and on the more advanced side you can trigger a macro. BlueTrack debuted in a few Microsoft mice last year, and it offers better sensitivity and performance than traditional optical or even laser mice. Sidewindder Zuckerberg on Facebook’s CNET may get a commission from these offers. The Bottom Line Microsoft’s SideWinder X8 isn’t the only mouse sidewindrr 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 sidewinrer price–we imagine few PC gamers won’t want to get their hands on it.
Js X8’s two primary buttons perform as expected, but we don’t love the metal scroll wheel. The specifications are top-notch: 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. We can’t guarantee the Logitech M mouse will boost your productivity, but at this price That improved performance lets you use the X8 and other BlueTrack mice on an expanded range of surfaces, including marble, carpet, wood, or most anything except for transparent or mirrored glass.
Perhaps more importantly to gamers than surface flexibility, the X8 offers a reasonably large range of sensor sensitivity, from dpi to 4,dpi. As far as materials and feel goes, the X8 is very close to the X5—both still seem to be a bit of a step back from the original.
That’s a 8x range for a gaming mouse, and while it’s not quite as high as the pricier, 5,dpi Razer Mambawe suspect few gamers will actually push either mouse that far.
The X8 uses a button design like the original the X5 has nine with the layout being: The software actually augments the Microsoft Mouse application with Microsoft Intellipoint features.