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Blue-laser tracking tech deployed

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Microsoft’s mouse department has been pretty quiet since unveiling BlueTrack last year, but the firm’s now confirmed availability of a gaming mouse based on the blue-laser technology.

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Microsoft's SideWinder X8: uses BlueTrack tracking tech

To refresh your memory, BlueTrack creates a scanning area more than four times as large as the average laser beam used in existing mice. The result is that BlueTrack mice can operate on a range of difficult surfaces, including carpets, with “exceptional tracking accuracy”, the company claims.

The SideWinder X8 mouse not only has BlueTrack technology, but also works over a 2.4GHz wireless connection to ensure “lag-free” gameplay.

You’ll find 12 buttons – seven of which are programmable – and a scroll wheel with tilting function. Side-mounted buttons are also included, while an LCD display gives you a quick reference for DPI settings and macro recording.

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Users get 'exceptional' tracking accuracy, apparently

Optimal glide performance can, we hope, also be ensured thanks to the X8’s interchangeable feet. The mouse measures 78.8 x 125.6mm.

Microsoft’s SideWinder X8 is currently available in the US for around $100 (£/€), but a UK price hasn’t emerged yet. ®

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