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Product: SideWinder Strategic Commander
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/sidewinder
Estimated Street Price: $64.95
Review By: Julien JAY

Final Results and Overall Mark

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Buttons, Navigation, Drivers & Game Tests
3: Conclusion

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for the SideWinder Strategic Commander.

 

 

Final Comments

How It Grades
  Installation: 95%
Originality: 95%
Usability: 85%
Drivers: 90%
Features: 95%
Price: 85%
Users' Guide: 75%
Overall: 90%
 

The Microsoft vision of the gaming world has never been so clear and this new device is a supplementary proof that the Redmond based company still has tons of ideas that answer our needs. Even if the device targets a very specific market, every strategy game addict should buy it to change the way he plays. The well-studied shape, the moving feature, the incredible number of buttons and the high quality software really make it worth the buy. I really love this device and Iím sure it will mark the gaming industry. Note that with so many great hardware devices, Microsoft will compel the gamer to have a Strategic Commander in the left hand, an IntelliMouse in the right one, a GameVoice pad in the mouth and a keyboard controlled by your feet ;-)

 

Specs & Package
Overall Score 90%
Version Reviewed Microsoft SideWinder Strategic Commander
Release Date Already in stores!
In The Box? 1 User's guide,
1 Drivers CD,
1
Strategic Commander device
The Good Points Excellent drivers
Great enhancement for strategy games
Good ergonomy
The Bad Points

Base is too light

Reviewers PC Setup Pentium III 1 Ghz B
Intel VC820 Motherboard
Windows Millennium Edition
256 MB PC800 RDRAM w/ECC
DirectX 8.0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1

17" Sony Trinitron Monitor
Hercules 3D Prophet II Ultra 64Mb AGP 4x graphic card
Sound Blaster Live! Platinum
Adaptec 19160 Ultra SCSI card
Promise Ultra ATA 100 controller
Pinnacle Studio DV Plus
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB

Microsoft TrackBall Explorer
Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro

DVD Pioneer 105s (16/40x)
Yamaha 16/10/40 IDE internal burner
PC Required Minimum System

Windows 95/98/Me
Pentium 166Mhz or greater
16Mb RAM
25Mb of
available hard disk space
Quad-speed CD-Rom Drive
DirectX 7.0a or later
SVGA 256 colors
Sound Card (optional)
Microsoft Mouse, IntelliMouse or compatible device

 
<-- Buttons, Navigation, Drivers & Game Tests

 

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