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Announced in mid September 2008 after the newly launched wired SideWinder X5.

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Pros

BluTrack can function on surfaces normal optical and laser mice cannot

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tangle-proof charge wire

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7 fully programmable buttons

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Much cheaper than Razer Mamba (MSRP $130)

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macro button for creating macros from within games

5 agree

multiple DPI settings, with on the fly switching

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30 hours of active use on a single charge

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same price as other high end gaming mice

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charge wire is thoughtfully designed to safely disengage when yanked, unlike Razer's MAMBA which uses 5-pin miniUSB

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Can charge while gaming, offering unlimited usage time.

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Utilizing the in-Windows mouse sensitivity, 4000dpi no longer moves like a rocket and is great for detail work (photoshop or shootin up n00bs)

2 agree

mouse remembers macro functionality which helps in LAN parties

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"game" button (opens folder with shortcuts to installed games, i find it useful...)

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unlike Razer Mamba, the dpi-mode buttons are out of the way under mouse wheel: Mamba places them (2 only) on corner of left mouse button!

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

right handed only

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Tracking sometimes stutters and jitters (has 'hickups')

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Razer Mamba has 1000Hz (1ms) capability, SideWinder is 500Hz (2ms delay)

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expensive

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DPI wars

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Razer Mamba has 5400dpi sensor

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too many lights - unattractive for the minimalist computer enthusiast

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no lights always active, they all turn off after moments

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BluTrack is expensive and nothing special

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Logitech MX wheel has better feel

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Always wireless no option to plug in for hardwired connection.

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the blue lights seen under the mouse in images is *not* present, only indicates "bluetrack" exists but cannot be seen

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Very tough button resistance for a gaming mouse

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

Announced in mid September 2008 after the newly launched wired SideWinder X5, the Microsoft SideWinder X8 is a new wireless mouse targeted towards die-hard gamers who need the ultimate performance hardware. Planned for release in February 2009, the SideWinder X8 will feature Microsoft's new BlueTrack tracking technology that is heralded as being superior to the optical and laser tracking found in all previously released mice, allowing for a never before seen 4000dpi resolution, 13,000 frames per second, 75g maximum acceleration and 120 inches per second maximum speed.With the same 2.4GHz RF wireless connectivity as the latest wireless gaming mice, the X8 can be used for up to 30 hours before needing to be recharged, or can be used with a recharge wire in place.

Features
  • multiple DPI settings, which can be changed in real time (400 to 4,000)
  • miniature backlit LCD screen for DPI/macro settings
  • 7 programmable buttons (5 buttons + left/right tilt)
  • macro record button, allowing gamers to record and assign mouse macros from within games
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