The Stinger represents Cyber Snipa’s latest gaming mouse and it is a gigantic leap forward from their previous entries into that crowded market.
Features (from company page):
- 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
The Stinger features a slick-plastic body, save for a swatch of rubberized plastic from the primary and secondary buttons, all the way down to the palm-rest area of the device. In addition, on each side of the Stinger are rubber pads to increase grip.
The shape of the mouse seems fairly standard until you hold onto it. Thats when you realize just how much your thumb and pinky fingers ‘sink in’ towards the center of the Stinger. It has unusually deep depressions where those fingers rest but is a good-looking design overall.
Cyber Snipa’s trademark ‘Bullseye’ is lit up on the palm rest area and the scroll wheel alternates between 4 colors to denote the current performance setting and the macro profile button alternates between three pulsating lights to denote the current macro mode.
Besides the primary and secondary mouse buttons, the scroll wheel depresses as a third button and also clicks left and right giving the option for two additional controls than normal. On the left side of the unit, there are two additional buttons that can be configured as macros using the included software.
The mouse chord is of a very ‘loose’ nature and feels extremely flexible (almost more of a rope) but strong at the same time. At the chord’s end exists a gold-plated USB connector for increased connectivity.
Included are seven 20g weights that can be placed in the Stinger’s underbelly. These weight docks are placed in a ‘revolver-style’ formation, allowing the gamer to fully customize the weight not only of the unit as a whole, but individual sides of the mouse too. When fully loaded with the included weights, the Stinger felt even more controllable in my hand, the weight giving a counter-balance to the forces I exerted upon it. The option of having an extra 140g of weight to place in the mouse should appeal to those who need a heavy mouse.
Cyber Snipa also includes an additional set of mouse foot pads, so the user can select which ‘glide-level’ they like more.
The Stinger features a 3200dpi laser sensor and 1ms reporting rate, which provided ample sensitivity during gaming sessions. In addition, the shape of the mouse with its deeper side-depressions actually lends itself to excellent control. It felt more like part of my hand instead of just another peripheral I was using. Even after using the mouse for several hours, I did not have any hand or wrist discomfort to speak of. The Stinger’s sensor is one of the best of the laser-variety bunch I have ever used, providing excellent sensitivity while not being ‘jumpy’, which is a problem in some high-dpi laser-driven mice out there. When coupled with a bit of weighting down, the mouse is extremely precise.
However, I do have an issue with regards to the dpi and macro switching. The Stinger has four presets, each with a different dpi rating as well as reporting rate. To switch between them, you have to press a button underneath the scroll wheel. However, because the user’s hand is set so far forward in comparison to this button, it is difficult to reach and required me to slightly lessen my grip on the mouse to click it. The same can be said for the macro profile button, which is actually more of an issue as it is set underneath the dpi-switching button, making it even harder to reach.
The macro software is functional (but could be a bit more user-friendly), allowing the user to set the two macro buttons on the left side of the Stinger to whatever control combos desired. In fact, there are three different profiles available for those two buttons, making the unit actually have 6 macro controls. Of course, getting to the other 4 settings for the two buttons requires pressing the macro profile button.
Cyber Snipa has unleashed an incredible performer in the moderately-priced gaming mouse field. Not only is the sensor very good, but the Stinger has so much customization available that gamers of all kinds will find it useful. Much like their Warboard gaming keyboard, the Stinger simply performs like you would expect a much more expensive unit to.