Microsoft SideWinder X5 Gaming Mouse Review

SideWinder X5 felt bit light at first i.e. very light. Although no one is so much choosy about weight, however this mouse is very light for its size that you would lift it a bit when re-adjusting. Mouse is overall made of plastic, and it has no weight cartridges. Unlike other SideWinders, scroll wheel and side buttons aren’t made from metal, but plastic. On clicking or scrolling your mouse, click is much noticeable. You have probably observe users using PCs on television shows. I am going somewhere with this. Like me you also have probably thought, “Why does their PC beep each time they function anything? Who would program such annoying functionality?” You may have also observed that each time they click mouse, it creates a loud sound of “ca-click.” Well that is the sound made by this mouse. However at least it does not make your PC beep each time you open any window.

Clarification of Different Version of Microsoft Side Winder

Before we move forward, let’s clear up few confusion regarding Side Winder mouse. There are 3 version of this mouse, and naming systems create more confusion. Least impressive version of SideWinder is X5, presently being reviewed. Middle version is “Microsoft Side Winder.” High end version is SideWinder X8. Good Job by Microsoft, I am sure that did not confuse anybody who was looking for gaming mouse. X5 has 2000 DPI and it is also only one lacking LED display for present DPI settings. SideWinder (Vanilla) is only version with weight cartridge, is wired and has 2000 DPI. X8 can either be wired or wireless and it features 4000 DPI. X8 and X5 are approximately same size, and SideWinder Vanilla is ½ inch longer as well as half inch wider.

Mouse Grip:

All Microsoft SideWinders are a slightly bigger as compared to most of the other mice, however the X8 and X5 are slightly smaller. Even for users with small hands, it is a fine mouse until they understand their preferences for mouse gripping.

For those who prefer gripping their mouse in their fingertips, or claw, they might look for some other mouse, because this mouse is for those who prefer palm grip, or they move their mouse with entire hand. Ergonomics of this mouse are quite good. Aside its light weight, it is comfortable to hold with palm grip and this is a quite good improvement by the company, especially for those who are use to small size of Logitech G9x in fingertip grip.

Mouse Buttons:

SideWinder X5 contain following buttons

  • 2 Left/right buttons
  • 3 DPI Adjustment buttons
  • 2 Vertical thumb buttons
  • 1 click down wheel
  • 1 quick launch palm button

It allow you to re-program all the buttons except middle mouse depression and DPI adjustment buttons which are used for selecting 3 settings for how fast mouse can moves. Default are 2000, 800 and 400. As it is mentioned above, buttons are made of plastic which might be a negative thing about this mouse, however I did not mark this mouse down for this reason because there is very little to no effect of this on mouse performance and overall value. Buttons do not break until you try to throw them and break them. It does not make them less press-able. The only thing is that it makes it a bit less cool and fun. Vertical thumb buttons are stroke of genius, and they are very easy to reach when you grip the mouse with your palm.

Mouse Software

Software included in the pack enable users to customize and do few other things. Unlike other SideWinders, you will not find macro features. As it is mentioned above, you can easily customize 3 different levels of DPI sensitivity. Its on-the-fly DPI switching mode is something you will fall in love with. It is kind of nerdy and weird. Its quick launch button was first to be re-mapped and it is actually a kind of difficult thing to hit when needed, therefore map it to something which you usually need more often, however don’t be in a hurry. There is not much to see in its software, it is simple and not fancy.


I wasn’t able to find much issues with the durability of Microsoft Side Winder mouse. This is something that makes it quite simple and easier for me to suggest this one to my peers and other people online. For a cheap price, this is something that would really add some value to your gaming experience.



  • Ergonomic right-handed mouse design to fit under your palm)
  • DPI switching (on-the-fly)
  • 2000 DPI laser
  • Moderate customization for DPI Settings and buttons.
  • Well-placed buttons


  • Price
  • A little bit light and flimsy
  • Nothing fancy however a good mouse for those who are value shoppers


In last I could only say that X5 cost much lower price than its competitors, therefore check out the upcoming link if you are curious on new best prices. This mouse does not have any cool features like macro, profile storages, weight cartridges, however it has essential features that any gaming mouse need. Essentially, it has dedicated buttons for DPI switching, thumb buttons, and laser sensor. Check Microsoft SideWinder X5 prices on amazon.

Microsoft SideWinder X5 Gaming Mouse

The best way to describe the SideWinder X5 is simple but effective. It has some of the same features as more expensive mice, and is not prone to the same quality issues that similarly priced mice are prone to.

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