Ambidextrous SideWinder X3 Budget Gaming Mouse
The primary differences between the X3 and the X5 are that the X3 is slightly smaller and has a single, recessed button on the left and right sides of the mouse, while the X5 has two vertical side buttons only on the left side of the mouse. Also, the X5 is designed to be a right-handed mouse only, while the X3 has a symmetrical shape that should fit right or left hands. The X5 also has an MSRP of $59.95, which is $20 more than the X3 (although the X5 can usually be found just under $50 from a number of online retailers). The X3 also includes a "wide, detented scroll wheel for more precise click movement" and "wide-glide feet for smooth handling and a light, balanced feel."
Those who have been active gamers for a decade or more might remember that SideWinder was also the brand of gaming peripherals that Microsoft released in the 1990's, including the original SideWinder Game Pad, the SideWinder Force Feedback Pro joystick, and the SideWinder Game Voice headset. SideWinder-branded gaming peripherals died off in the early 2000's, only to be resurrected by Microsoft a few years later.
The X3 is expected to ship sometime in May and Microsoft claims that it is "available now for pre-sale on Amazon.com." We couldn't find it listed on Amazon yet, but we expect that it will likely show up in the next day or two.