Date: June 13th, 2008
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The Stinger is plug and play and does not require the driver to use it, you are simply limited to the factory default settings and cannot change your dpi mode values.
The software simply allows you to change the DPI settings and configure macro profiles. I found it to be rather complex setting up macros but well worth it if you are an avid gamer with a number of titles you need specific settings for. Just bare in mind that it will take a careful read through the manual followed by a little tinkering before you get it all figured out, this is not exactly the most user friendly interface I have seen.
I fired up some CSS (Counter Strike Source) and plunged into a crowded server with my macros all set and ready to go. I also used the mouse for day-to-day work and general gaming throughout the week.
The mouse performed very well in every application I could throw at it. I particularly liked the “tilting scroll-wheel”, this essentially gives you 2 more easy to reach buttons to assign stuff to, like “reload” and “use” in CSS for example. My one irritation with the mouse was that the scroll wheel click (middle mouse button) was very stiff. This is likely due to the extra bits needed to make it tilt. Not a huge deal although I wouldn't recommend assigning anything you use regularly to this button.
The buttons are well laid out and at least in my large hands, easy to reach. I have to say that I was very impressed with the design elements of the Stinger.
It isn't as good in the lift distance department as the Ikari Laser but is significantly better than an Optical mouse. All in all I barely noticed any difference between the Ikari Laser and the Stinger
As always, it took a little time for me to get used to the Stinger, every time I change mice I feel kinda cheated for a while till my hands get used to the new shape. Once I was used to it however it was like an extension of my hand, comfortable and with the added weights, had the sort of heft I like in my mouse. Like a lot of mice today the Stinger is designed for right handed individuals so if you are a lefty you are out of luck.