Date: November 16th, 2006
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
No software is required for the Snipa to work, but I would recommend installing the included CD anyway for fine tuning of its settings. The software places an icon in the system tray so settings can be found and changed easily. There are four different tabs on the software interface and all are pretty straightforward. The first one is simply an about page, nothing to do here.
The Button Assignment tab allows any of the six buttons (not the DPI toggle button) to be programmed however you choose. Clicking on one of the buttons brings up an impressive number of key options.
The Sensitivity Control tab allows adjustment of both cursor movement and double click speed. There is also a test area to try out the current double click speed setting.
The Pointer and Scroll Wheel tab adjusts scrolling speed and pointer options. Scrolling speed is pretty straightforward. The “Keep Shooting” pointer option, when checked, acts as automatic fire with a 0.1 second interval between clicks. I didn't notice much difference however in UT 2004 or F.E.A.R when this was enabled. “Compatible Scroll Wheel”, according to the manual, is used for earlier versions of Windows. On my XP Pro machine however, I was not able to scroll up and down in some programs when this option was unchecked so I kept it enabled. Finally, the “Enable Virtual Double Wheel” option allows switching between horizontal and vertical scrolling. When this option is checked, simply press down on the scroll wheel to allow horizontal scrolling. When unchecked, only vertical scrolling is possible.
The Intellilight DPI toggle button is a cool feature on the Cyber Snipa. By default, the mouse is set at 1000 DPI “stealth” mode and illuminates red. This allows more precision and is what I found myself using most often both in gaming and day to day computing. Press the Intellilight button and the mouse lights up blue to indicate 2400 DPI “Atak” mode. The cursor speed on this setting is crazy fast. Even when using the software to turn down the cursor speed, it was still incredibly fast to me. For my taste, 2400 DPI mode was just too sensitive.