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Product: Microsoft Sidewinder Dual Strike
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware
Estimated Street Price: $49.95
Review By: Byron Hinson

Final Results and Overall Mark

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Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Microsoft's Sidewinder Dual Strike controller.

Final Comments

How It Grades
Installation: 91%
Manual: N/A
Performance: 90%
Drivers: 90%
Look: 90%
Feel: 91%
Help Files: 90%
Price: N/A
Overall: 90%

The Dual Strike controller is the first controller to ever combine the Mouse with a gamepad and it does it surprisingly well. There are a few problems, it isn't easy to get used to, it really does take quite a while but the more you use it the better if becomes. It is also USB only which means some of us who have lots of USB devices will either need to buy a new USB hub or unplug devices. It is also unlikely that you will use the Dual Strike on anything other than 3D games...But the good points manage to outweigh the bad and it is as I have already said a good combination of the mouse, keyboard and joystick. 3D games just got better.

 

Overall Score 90%
Version Reviewed Dual Strike Revision 1.2
Sidewinder Gaming Control Software 4.0
Release Date Fall 99
In The Box? 1 USB Dual Strike Controller
Press Release
The Good Points Easy To Install
Excellent Feel
Looks Good
Lots Of Buttons
Combines The Mouse & Keyboard Well
The Bad Points Sometime Slow To Spin
Moves The Mouse Pointer On The Desktop If Accidentally Touched
Reviewers PC Setup Pentium II 450
Windows 98 Second Edition
128 Meg SD-Ram
Voodoo 2 - 8mb
DirectX 7 Gold
SoundBlaster Live! Value
17" LG Electronics Monitor
Matrox G400 32MB AGP Graphics Card
Microsoft Force Feedback Pro
Microsoft Game Pad Pro (USB)
Microsoft Digital Sound System 80

DVD Setup: Toshiba SD-1202 DVD-ROM - 32x
DVD TV Player - Samsung 807

PC Required Windows 98
Intel Pentium PC (or 100% compatible CPU)
USB Controller

 

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