Date: April 25th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The big feature of the S.W.A.T is its onboard memory. This allows one to program the mouse buttons with scripts of key/mouse click combinations and since it's all stored on the device itself, it can be used on any PC without having to program it again. Like any USB mouse the included software isn't required for the S.W.A.T. to function. With the DPI set at 800 combined with changing the sensitivity in Windows Control Panel, I was able to use it just fine without software for internet surfing and other simple things. However this mouse isn't meant to be used for just everyday stuff, so let's record some macros!
The interface is pretty straightforward. Simply click the “start recording” button and press the desired key combinations and/or mouse clicks then press “stop recording” when finished. Double clicking on the duration of any mouse click or keystroke allows it to be modified without recording the entire macro again (nice!). Once everything is recorded the way you like, the script can be saved to one of three buttons in the thumb area of the mouse. Scripts can also be imported and exported, or set to be executed in a loop.
PRODUCT PERFORMANCE AND IMPRESSIONS
The S.W.A.T. is definitely a sharp looking mouse without being too flashy. LED illumination is quite common these days on just about every PC peripheral and sometimes it's overdone. Not so in this case. The illuminated scroll wheel and DPI switch is just enough to make the mouse look cool without being distractingly bright. The glossy black finish on top of the mouse is nice, although it's a magnet for dust and fingerprints.
Response time was excellent in every game I tried – F.E.A.R., UT 2004, Lego Star Wars II, Wolfenstein Enemy Territory , even the Sims. I didn't notice any lag whatsoever and the macros I recorded worked like a charm. 800DPI worked just fine for sniping and slower paced games while 1600 DPI I only found myself using for the most fast paced battles. One problem I encountered was with the two arrow buttons in the thumb area. They are in very close proximity to each other and I frequently found myself pressing both of them by accident when I meant to press one or the other (and I don't have large hands). This got annoying very quickly while playing games, so much so that I decided to only keep one of the arrow buttons programmed.
The S.W.A.T. is sculpted nicely, with a curve around the thumb area that makes it quite comfortable to use for long periods of time. The center of the mouse is raised up just enough so my hand rested on it just right. It is lightweight but doesn't feel flimsy, which I've found to be true of other Cyber Snipa products as well.