Microsoft SideWinder Gaming Mouse

Microsoft announced the return of their popular gaming mouse, the SideWinder, at a games convention in Germany. This is the first major gaming mouse to come out of Microsoft since the Habu Gaming Mouse, which was made in partnership with popular gaming company Razer. The SideWinder, unlike the Habu, is a solo effort on Microsoft's part. Can Microsoft's solo effort prove to other popular gaming companies that they can handle the heat? We'll have to see.

Microsoft SideWinder

Much like that of the new Logitech G9 Gaming Mouse, the SideWinder offers gamers a slew of customization options:

"We're taking gaming mice to a new level with a mouse created in direct response to gamer feedback from all over the world; it offers superior customization and performance handling," said Bill Jukes, product marketing manager for Microsoft Hardware. "We found that gamers are a lot like performance car enthusiasts. They like to tweak and tune their mouse to get it just right, and today we are giving them the tools to create a personalized experience that lets them focus on what's important: being at the top of their game."
Among these tweaking options are on-the-fly dpi switching, weight adjustment, interchangeable feet, and macro recording. One useful spec includes a "turn on a dime" feature that allows your character, for instance in an FPS game, to quickly make a full 180 degree turn at the press of a button. This can be quite useful when you want to "check your back" when exiting a corridor, for instance. Other notable specs include a 2000dpi laser sensor, an LCD to track dpi and macro status, two vertical side buttons, detented scroll wheel, and improved software. I'm glad that Microsoft will be including their software, and not Razer's UI, which I've never been a big fan of.

The SideWinder will be available this October for a retail price of $79.95. That's considerably lower than Logitech's G9 retailing at $99.99, and it will be interesting how the two stack up against each other. I'm currently reviewing the G9 as I write this news piece, and all I can say at this point is that Microsoft's new gaming mouse will have to make a strong debut to keep up with the G9. I'll hopefully be receiving the SideWinder some time next week as I wrap up with the G9, so stay tuned for a couple of interesting gaming mouse reviews here at ExtremeTech within the next few weeks.

Well coming to specifications It's quiet obvious from the image with few points to ponder.

  • Shape Designed for Handling

    The unique shape and button positions are engineered for fast, comfortable, precise gaming action.
  • On-the-Fly DPI Switching

    Three buttons instantly switch between DPI 400, 800, and 2000—or you can customize settings using special software.
  • First-Ever LCD Display on a Mouse

    DPI settings and macro recording icons are displayed on the mouse to reduce on-screen interference.
  • Cable Anchor + Accessories Storage Box

    Enjoy wired performance with the feel of wireless, easily adjust your cable configuration, and conveniently stow away your accessories.
  • Quick Launch Button

    One-touch takes you to Games Explorer in Windows Vista. Easily access your games on your PC.
  • 5 Programmable Main Buttons

    Customize your main gaming buttons to your preference.
  • Advanced Gaming Software

    Buttons and switches can be assigned on the fly, you can program macros and profiles, and game settings can be customized for fast action.
  • Engineered for Speed
    • RESOLUTION: 2000 dpi
    • IMAGE PROCESSING: 7080 frames per second
    • MAX SPEED: 45 inches per second
    • USB REPORTING: 500 Hz
    • GLIDE: 3 sets of different mouse feet (for glide preference)
    • BUTTONS (Left/Right): 9 million clicks
  • Replaceable Mouse Feet

    Choice of three different materials for glide preference.
  • Wide Metal Scroll Wheel

    Better feel and response with detent clicking action.
  • Vertical Metal Side Buttons

    The top/bottom design makes locating the side buttons easier and reduces the inadvertent actuation risk.
  • Adjustable Mouse Weights

    Select your preference of mouse weight with the included 4 weights, giving you the choice to adjust your mouse weight anywhere between 5 and 30 grams in 5 gram increments.

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Sony's Swarovski Crystal DAP (E010)

This isn't the first player to come studded with some exotic stones. Sony has teamed with Abiste Corporation to role out the limited edition of the Walkman E010 in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB capacities. It is available in pink, violet, black, blue, and gold colors, and has a removable cap is where all of the Swarovski glass crystals are placed. When you place an order for any of these chic DAPs, they take two months to reach you.

The 1GB will run you $134 (Rs. 5,400) while the 2GB will cost you $160 (Rs. 6,400) and as for the 4GB, it's $210 (Rs. 8,400). Take your pick quickly before the stock runs out as it is limited edition.

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Portable Media Player - Toshiba 60GB Portable Media Player 2.4″ MES60VK Gigabit

Toshiba 60GB Portable Media Player 2.4Toshiba Announces the MES60VK 2.4 Inches wide screen and a huge 60GB Space which can play music continiously for 10 long days or store upto 40 days of music of average quality.You can view the video’s and pictures stored via the 2-3/8″ Size Screen in bright and vivid colours.You can connect the player to a Tivo Series DVR and download Live TV shows and watch them anytime, also the downloading features allow you to download music directly from napster or AOL and store in WMA or MP3 formats.

Also features connection with the XBOX Console where in you can use it to play your own custom background tracks while playing the games.Also features a FM Radio which can be used to store the LIVE FM and a intergrated microphone useful for recording lectures and seminars.It also supports WAV,WMV 7, WMV 8, WMV 9 video files, displays JPEG files, weighs just 4.84 oz.The Batteries continiously work for 12 hours when fully charged.

The market price of this product is in the range of 240$ to 399$ based on the sellers.

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DVD Player -Sony VAIO VGX-XL2

200 Disk Changer Sony VAIO VGX-XL2 Digital Living SystemSony VAIO VGX-XL2 Digital Living System is a premium product introduced by Sony which is a 200 DVD Changer first of its kind which is a new technology digital content management product controlling your high quality video cam video, pics, downloaded music , movies , recorded television shows to your DVD/CD Collection with the 200 Disk Changer.

It comes with a Wireless Keyboard or remote control which is your choice based on the usage using which you can burn DVD’s and CD’s with One touch feature and store them in the Sony VAIO VGX-XL2 Digital Living System. The total capacity of this system is 2 Terabytes using the DVD+R DL dvd’s

This Sony VAIO VGX-XL2 Digital Living System comes with the performance of VAIO PC’s with Intel Pentium D 920 Dual Core Processor, nVIDIA 6600 Graphic card, 128MB DDR memory, 1 GB of DDR2 Memory and 2×160GB Sata Hard Drive it will be giving you the best performance.

You can now download movies and music from the web and directly store in this gigantic storage, watch and record your favourite television shows using the Windows XP Media Center Edition and the advanced menu’s and management programes.

The price range of this product ranges from 900$ to 2100$ depending on the sellers and the optional products.

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