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Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse
By: Joe Eitel
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    2007-10-22

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  • Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse
  • Design
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    If you're a die-hard gamer, you've probably been amazed at the flood of products on the market aimed directly at you. Not just games and video cards and such, but mice. Today we take a look at one of these mice, the Microsoft Sidewinder Gaming Mouse, to see what it adds to the gaming experience.

    Introduction

    The world of console and PC gaming is growing at an alarming rate. As a matter of fact, some experts have predicted that gaming will see 50% growth from 2007 to 2011. So it's easy to see that any company in the world that has anything to do with video games will be pulling out all the stops to try and cash in on this huge growth spurt over the next several years. 

    One of the companies who plan on cashing in on the growing gaming market is Microsoft. They recently announced a new gaming mouse called the Sidewinder which is due to be released in October of 2007. The Sidewinder name is not new for Microsoft; the company released a variety of gaming peripherals under the Sidewinder name back in the 1990s. This line of gaming peripherals eventually died off, but Microsoft has decided to bring the popular name back from the dead.

    The Sidewinder mouse is the first gaming peripheral to be constructed from the ground up at Microsoft. At first glance, it seems like Microsoft has pulled out all the stops with this new mouse, and it should be a big seller.

    The Sidewinder sports some interesting features which gamers will surely find useful, including the first ever LCD screen on a production mouse. The LCD screen is used to show information about the sensitivity settings as well as other settings currently in use by the mouse. Microsoft has made this mouse fully customizable, and I think that gamers will love that fact. Everything from the sensitivity settings to the weight of the mouse can be customized to each individual's taste.

    The Sidewinder will be available in October for an estimated retail price of $79.  This price is relatively competitive, but there are other gaming mice on the market for less. The Logitech G5 and G7 can be purchased for about $45 and $75 respectively, and they are both top-notch gaming mice, although they don't measure up to the Sidewinder in terms of features. The bottom line is that gamers typically want the best and newest gaming devices on the market that may give them a slight advantage over their competitors, and that is why the Sidewinder should be a hot seller.

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