Today on the desk we have Cyber Snipa's latest in hardcore gaming accessories; the Tracer backlit mouse mat, Stinger Laser gaming mouse and the Gamepad v2.
This lethal setup will fit right at home for most gamers looking to have some dedicated hardware to bring home the headshots. Now let's look at the specs for each item.
7,080 frames per second(FPS)
Up to 3200 DPI laser engine
Tracking speed of 45 inches per second(IPS)
9 buttons including 6 macro programmable
Up to 1000Hz(1ms) adjustable report rate
8kb of onboard memory
16 bit ultra wide data path
7 removable weights(20g each)
4 super size easy glide feet
1 x Cyber Snipa Stinger Laser Mouse
7 x Replaceable weights in a storage box
1 x Instruction manual
1 x Software/Driver CD
37 mappable keys
Plug and play - no drivers needed
"Butterfly" directional keys
Compatible with Vista 32 and 64bit
1x Cyber Snipa Game Pad V2
1x Instruction Manual
Tracer LED illuminated mouse mat:
Wide footprint surface
Made from high quality acrylic glass
1x Tracer Mouse Pad
Starting with the Gamepad V2, the package is fairly busy with lots of graphics going on and a list of key features on the back.
Ripping it open, we get the pad itself with no driver CD or any extras, but when you look at the pigmy keyboard you realise it doesn't need drivers because there's no silly macro buttons or such! Quite a clever move on CyberSnipa's part there, making it a plug and play pad which makes a difference to the billions of options most "gaming-class" accessories have today.
One thing I did find a bit of a let down about the pad is the lack of backlighting. While not specifically required, it is a nice feature to have for those of us who still occasionally glance at a keyboard. Considering this is also no regular keyboard, it can be a slight learning curve getting used to it.
What it does have however, is some nice blue LEDs to light up the desk underneath it, and a led bull's-eye on top to give it the necessary "cool-factor".
Enough talk; it's time to put this puppy through its paces. Break out Team Fortress 2!
The fast paced action in TF2 should be a good test of this wee keyboards prowess.
The initial impressions are that it handles like a regular keyboard, better in fact. There is less key clutter and less chance of an accidental keystroke.
After a good few hours of lighting n00bs on fire and stabbing snipers in the back, it's clear that this pad is a perfect substitute to its full sized brethren. The keys are lightning fast to return, and have a solid yet dampened click to them to let you know that you have pressed them.
The key arrangement is good too. All the sub-WASD keys are in easy reach of the thumb or pinkie finger. RTFG remain in the original locations to the right and the H has been moved to the left side under TAB. This is a nice setup as it allows for intuitive game play; there is barely a learning curve at all here.
Inclusion of volume control is nice too, as sometimes the 14 year old screaming insults about your mother and questioning your sexuality can start to become annoying.
There is one thing about the pad that I found happening without even thinking about it until I stopped playing or waited for a re-spawn. That is, I kept subconsciously switching back to my main keyboard. It got to the point I had to practically take it off my desk to force myself to use Gamepad V2.
Light 'em up!
Next up on the desk we have the Stinger mouse; a colourful rodent that boasts some high profile specs and a garish colour scheme.
The feature set on this mouse is pretty impressive, I have to say. It supports a 4-way scroll, two side macro buttons, a DPI changer and macro selector. Coupled with a good precision laser unit inside and comfortable fit in the hand, this makes for some serious competition in the mainstream market.
One feature I particularly like is the colour changing scroll wheel. Kudos to CyberSnipa for finding an innovative way to indicate DPI mode!
Now that we've gushed about features, it's time to see how she plays. Back into Team Fortress 2 for some more body count.
After playing with it for a while, I get a good feel for the grip and the weight, using the weight pod to add and subtract weight in the mouse. It's a nice solid feeling mouse and it certainly performs as well as any other laser mouse. A longer run will give a better indication of ergonomics.
After a good marathon session, I must say I'm taken with the ergonomics of this squeeker. It hasn't left my hand cramping or my fingers, feeling numb like some mice I've had in the past.
The only downside I have to say with this mouse is some of the colour choices. Red is not my first choice. The grips and detailing on the mouse are not too bad, but the USB cable being red makes this look a little weird.
The tri-colour LED, while creative in function is not necessarily in good keeping with aesthetics. It could be made more acceptable if the colour on the crosshair logo on the mouse-butt was colour changing too.
Desktop fashion aside, this mouse rocks hard. I would definitely consider this as a replacement to any sub-standard mouse on your desk at current. It's proven its worth inside and out of games and the desktop environment.
Now that we are done gushing over the hardware, it's time for a look at the macro software that Cyber Snipa has produced.
This software is to make use of the macro switching button on top of the mouse, which has a rather tasteful pulsing red glow.
The macro software is functional and neat. It allows you to assign macros to the two side buttons by default, either by recording your own macro or selecting from a list of presets.
Opening the advanced options, we can adjust all four DPI levels as well as allowing macro assignments on more buttons than just the two on the side, depending on macro mode.
Lastly, I'd like to applaud the inclusion of spare PTFE mouse skates in this package. It's not often you see companies putting in spare pads and this shows that Cyber Snipa are serious about gaming and want their customers to be happy with the product they use.
This completes the feature set for the mouse and has definitely set it up with the bigger companies and their gaming class mice. Time now to complete the desktop setup with a look at the mouse mat they sent.
Gliding along to Conclusions
Mouse Mat and Final Thoughts
The Final part to this tri-force of gaming accessories is the mouse mat and Cyber Snipa has produced a rather colourful one at that.
The micro-textured surface is inlayed on a clear Perspex frame with non-slip rubber feet underneath.
The trick with this is a USB cable snaking its way out the back that powers a set of blue LEDs which make the mat glow around the edges and generally look sweet.
The LED brightness can be adjusted using an inline variable resistor that will dim the lights completely off.
The only bad thing I have to say about the mouse mat is that the USB cable is not detachable from the unit, so even if you don't have a USB plug handy to plug it into, you still have a cable trailing over your desktop.
Looking at the setup overall; I think Cyber Snipa are on to something good here. The dwarf keyboard is great for hardcore gamers and the mouse is a serious contender for anyone who needs a laser mouse. Coupled with a mouse mat that keeps the mouse gliding smooth, there's no way you can lose, unless of course you're like me and suck at games...
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