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Sidewinder X3 Left or right is alright

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Sidewinder X3 Left or right is alright

Good news for southpaws and those with small hands. Microsoft has a gaming mouse just for you.

IT SEEMS as if Microsoft has at least been listening to users like me who have been complaining about the size of its Sidewinder series of gaming mice.

Every model so far has been oversized and very firmly right-handed in design, therefore leaving those of us with small- to medium-sized hands looking elsewhere for a more suitable gaming mouse.

However, with the Sidewinder X3, Microsoft seems to have addressed this issue, producing a gaming mouse which is not only a reasonable size, but is also ambidextrous in design.

So does it pass muster in the other important areas of gaming? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.


BETTER FIT: The X3 is much smaller than its siblings, making it a better fit for small- to medium-sized hands.

Conclusion

Overall, I like the Sidewinder X3, although there are some qualifications to this.

For one thing, I really would have liked an option to add a bit more weight to my mouse, as the X3 is a tad light for my liking.

However, this is really a personal preference, since I know some gamers actually like their mice to be as light and nimble as possible.

My only real complaint is that the one gaming mouse that Microsoft makes that is both ambidextrous in design and small enough to fit my hands is a relatively entry-level product.

Come on Microsoft, I’m sure there is a place for a mouse like this in the upper end of the market — perhaps one that’s both wireless, slightly heavier and with more customisable buttonsSince the price is actually quite reasonable for a gaming mouse, however, so should warrant a serious look if you’re on a budget.

Pros: Ambidextrous design; suitable for small- and medium-sized hands.

Cons: Not enough customisable buttons; a little lightends.

SIDEWINDER X3

(Microsoft Corp)

Laser gaming mouse

Maximum resolution: 2,000dpi

Image processing: 6.4 megapixels per second

Maximum acceleration: 20G

Maximum speed: 45+ inches-per-second

Number of buttons: Eight (five programmable)

Price: RM139

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Sidewinder X8 Sidewinder goes wireless

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Sidewinder X8 Sidewinder goes wireless

Microsoft cuts the wires in its latest Sidewinder gaming mouse and achieves impressive results.

WHEN we reviewed Microsoft’s Sidewinder gaming mouse a while back, we liked the Stealth-bomber styled mouse but found it to be a good fit only for people with large hands.

Ever since the success of the first version, Microsoft has produced several other wired versions, with the X3 being the budget model and the X5 targeting the mid-range market.

The newest one to join the line is the Sidewinder X8, which sits in the upper range of the Sidewinder series, and features a number of major improvements over the original.

The most major change of the X8 is that it’s wireless — this is a first for a Microsoft gaming product and looking at the current trend, it certainly looks like it won’t be the last. So how does the Sidewinder X8 perform? Read on.

USEFUL: The tiny LCD display shows you the current sensitivity setting as well as charging status when the mouse is connected to the charger.

Tilt: the scroll wheel on the X8 has gained left and right tilt functions, giving you yet another programmable option

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, this mouse is firmly targeted at gamers with big hands and if you have small hands like mine, then you should just skip the X8.

That being said, if you have large hands the Sidewinder X8 should warrant serious consideration — it’s got all the gaming features you could want and it felt solid enough to withstand some pretty rough use.

Add that to the fact that it’s ­wireless and has the excellent BlueTrack technology, you get a pretty good package here.

Of course, at RM299, you have to be a serious gamer to consider buying one of these though.

Pros: Many customisable buttons; BlueTrack technology works better than laser technology.

Cons: Only suitable for medium- to large-sized hands.

SIDEWINDER X8 (Microsoft Corp)

Gaming mouse

Maximum resolution: 4,000dpi BlueTrack technology

Image processing: 6.4 megapixels/second

Maximum acceleration: 75G

Maximum speed: 13,000 frames-per-second

Number of buttons: 12 (7 programmable)

Other features: 2.4GHz wireless, replaceable feet supplied.

Price: RM299

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Microsoft takes on Google as Office moves to Web

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Microsoft takes on Google as Office moves to Web

BOSTON – july 14 – Microsoft Corp will release three versions of its dominant Office software that users can access over the Web, catching up with products that rival Google Inc launched three years ago.

The news helped send shares in the world’s largest software maker up 2.7 percent by midday, more than double the gain in the Nasdaq Composite Index.

It is the latest salvo in an intensifying war between Microsoft and Google. Google announced plans last week to challenge Windows with a free operating system. Microsoft introduced a new search engine, Bing, last month.

“Microsoft is finally making the conversion through the Web-based world. First, we saw that through Bing. Now we are seeing that through Office,” said Jefferies & Co analyst Katherine Egbert.

Microsoft will offer for free to consumers Web-based versions of its Office suite of programs, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software and a note-taking program.

Microsoft will also host one Internet business version of Office at its own data centers, charging companies a yet-to- be-announced fee. Companies with premium service contracts will have the choice of running a second Web-based version from their own data centers at no extra cost.

The company hopes to make money by using the free software to lead users to its ad-supported websites, including Bing. Analysts have said that Bing’s early signs of success suggest Microsoft may be rounding the corner in efforts to turn around its money-losing Internet division.

Still, a free version of Office could hurt sales of Microsoft’s top-selling and most profitable unit. One of Office’s most popular titles is a home version that sells for $150. It includes the four programs that Microsoft will give away.

“Microsoft is in a tough spot. Their competition isn’t just undercutting them. They are giving away the competitive product,” said Sheri McLeish, an analyst with Forrester Research.

The Office division rang up operating profit of $9.3 billion on sales of $14.3 billion in the first three quarters of the software maker’s current fiscal year.

McLeish expects Microsoft to overtake Google in the market as the hundreds of millions of people who use Office flock to try out the Internet version.

Microsoft will release the web offerings when it starts selling Office 2010, it next major release of the product, sometime in the first half of next year. Its current version came out in January 2007.

The software maker unveiled an early release on Monday at a conference for business partners in New Orleans. It will be distributed to tens of thousands of testers.

Company spokeswoman Janice Kapner said the free Web version will provide “a very rich experience” and probably have more functionality than Google.

Office 2010 is among a wave of upgrades to Microsoft programs planned over the next year. A new version of its ubiquitous Windows operating system is coming out in October and a new version of its widely used email server is also in the works.

Microsoft shares rose 2.7 percent to $23, while the Nasdaq was up 1.2 percent at 1777.50

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