Cyber Snipa Stinger Review

Makaveli - 2008-03-02 21:51:53 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: March 17, 2008
Cyber Snipa
Cyber Snipa
Price: $44.99 USD

Introduction:

To excel in any sort of game, whether it be sports or video games, you need to have the proper equipment that you feel the most comfortable using. You need equipment that allows you to play your very best without any restraints. I find this advice particularly useful in video games because your mouse can change everything. Some mice will give you better traction, some can give you better precision or comfort. I've used so many mice and just as I think I've found the perfect mouse, another mouse takes the top spot!

Today, I'll be examining the Cyber Snipa Stinger laser gaming mouse to see if it can earn the title of being the best gaming mouse that I've ever used. It will be very interesting to see how this gaming mouse from Cyber Snipa compares to the gaming mice from two huge names in gaming input devices, Logitech and Razer. Could it be an absolute must-have for gamers? What will set this mouse aside from other popular gaming mice? Let's take a closer look at the all new Stinger laser gaming mouse from Cyber Snipa.

 

Closer Look:

The Cyber Snipa Stinger gaming mouse comes in a clear plastic package that displays the whole mouse to the customer. You'll also find multiple comparisons of the Stinger's features to a standard optical mouse. The packaging boasts the LEDs on the mouse and by the looks of it, it seems like there are LEDs on the bottom of the mouse that shine outwards on your mouse pad. We never know until we open it up and take it out!

 

 

Included with the Stinger is a short manual, a driver CD, seven 20g weights, and extra Teflon feet for the mouse.

 

 

Now let's take a closer look at the Cyber Snipa Stinger gaming mouse itself.

Closer Look:

The Cyber Snipa Stinger has a red and black color scheme going on. There is a crosshair design above the "Cyber Snipa" logo that looks as if it lights up. On the back of the mouse you'll find the weight system door that you can open and lose by pushing the cover a certain way. Notice how much area the Teflon feet cover on this mouse; it definitely looks like plenty. The grooves in the left and right buttons definitely fit my fingers well. The scroll wheel not only scrolls vertically, but it also scrolls horizontally. There are nine buttons on this mouse, including a macro manager button and on-the-fly DPI changer. This mouse seems to have it all so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both sides of the Stinger mouse have red anti-slip grips that feel very rubbery.

 

 

This mouse connects via a unique USB cable. This cable is red and also has a rubbery feel to it. Once you plug it in, you'll notice that the crosshair just above the "Cyber Snipa" logo lights up and the scroll wheel lights up. This scroll wheel lights up in three different colors. It's off when the DPI is 400, but when the DPI is 800, the red light is on. The green light comes on at 1200 DPI and the blue light is on at 1600 DPI.

 

 

Now let's install the software so that all of the features for the mouse are unlocked.

Configuration:

Before installing the software, let's install the weights. Some people may not like the feel of the weights on the bottom of the mouse, but others may love having a heavy mouse. The Cyber Snipa Stinger mouse has seven 20g weights included. After playing around with weights for a while, I found that I liked 3 weights toward the front and one toward the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have the weights installed, pop in the mini-CD to install the drivers. After a few reboots, you'll be good to go!

 

 

The CD installs a simple "Mouse Properties" program that allows you to change some of the basic settings such as your scroll speed, pointer speed, and much more. These properties were more basic than I expected, but let's check out the "Macro Manager."

 

 

The Macro Manager is very easy to use. All you do to set up a macro is click "Start Recording," record your clicks, then save it and record the name of the macro. To change the DPI settings, click the "Configuration" icon in the lower right-hand side of the program. Once you have it open, you'll be able to see the abundant number of settings you can alter. Here is where you're able to change the DPI all the way up to 3200.

 

 

Let's test the darn mouse already!

Specifications:

-All information sourced from Cyber Snipa's website: http://www.cybersnipa.com/us/products/stinger-gaming-mouse.php

Testing:

I will be comparing this Cyber Sinpa Stinger gaming mouse to several other extremely popular gaming mice such as the Logitech New G5, Logitech G9, Razer Lachesis, and the Razer DeathAdder. I will be testing each of these mice with the same equipment, games, and tests. There are four tests to be administered to test different aspects of each mouse. I'll be testing speed, comfort, precision, and customizability. Each test is from 1-10; 10 being perfect and 1 being terrible. May the best mouse win!

Test System:

Competitors:

 

Speed:

The first test is the speed of the mouse. I'll be seeing which mouse can move completely across the screen with the least amount of mouse movement. The mice with the higher DPI will move less physically but the cursor on the screen will move fast. I am using the Cyber Snipa Stinger at the 3200 DPI setting. The Razer Lachesis has 4000 DPI, so it's clearly the fastest mouse out of the bunch. For my style of gaming, 3200 DPI is too fast, so this test is rather useless because I don't use or need a mouse that has 3200, or more, DPI to play my games well.

Comfort:

The Stinger definitely felt more comfortable. This is in part due to the grooves in the left and right mouse buttons as well as the anti-slip grips on the sides on the mouse. My hand just feels good resting on this mouse. The weird shapes of the Logitech G9 and Razer Lachesis is why they scored a bit lower than the group.

Precision:

To test precision, I played some of my favorite games online for a few hours on each mouse. Most of the games I played were first person shooters but I also played some World of Warcraft to try the mouse out in that environment. It was so hard to tell the mice apart but the control that I had while using the Stinger was unsurpassed. I couldn't believe it but I think the reason I had better control was due to the anti-slip grips on the side of the mouse; they definitely kept my game up.

Customizability:

This is where the Stinger didn't really blow away the competiton because the "Mouse Properties" program was limited on advanced options for the mouse. The macro manager was easy to use but I definitely felt that the Logitech and Razer software made those mice easier to customize.

 

So this Cyber Snipa Stinger mouse definitely proved that it is a great gaming mouse that surpasses this set of competitors. The software was very basic so I wouldn't call it a con, but it could have been better or aimed more toward advanced users.

Conclusion:

The Cyber Snipa Stinger mouse has earned the title as being the best gaming mouse that I have ever used. It fits my hand so perfectly that I never feel like my hand is hanging off of the mouse. The left and right buttons have grooves in them that create a truly perfect fit for my fingers. The side grips make it impossible to lose control of this mouse or have your hand slide off of it. The side grips never felt wet or slick, even after hours of gaming. The weight system is easy to use but I wish this mouse did have a weight system in the front of the mouse just so that I could fully customize this mouse to my needs. However, I can't mark this mouse down for that since I have yet to see or use a mouse with that feature. The 3200 DPI that this mouse uses is perfect for my style of gaming. I rarely use 3200 DPI, but it's nice to know that the mouse is capable of it. Personally, I believe anything higher than 3200 DPI is useless because it's just too fast for my style of gaming. This mouse certainly allowed me to play better in my favorite games because I felt like I had more control over the mouse but yet I could still zip it across the mouse pad if I needed to. The one thing that I could think of as a con for this mouse was that the USB cable could be a bit longer. It wasn't short by any means but I still think it could have used another foot of cable length for users whose computers may not be on the desk next to them. This customizable, sleek looking, anti-slip grip, 3200 DPI gaming mouse is the best mouse that I have used. This mouse is almost half the price of other high end gaming mice! Don't pass the Cyber Snipa Stinger up if you're in the market for a new gaming mouse.

 

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