Not one to be caught short of a gimmick or two, the Cyber Snipa Silencer gaming mouse has by our count three peculiar and innovative features, any of which alone would set it apart from the majority of mice.

The simplest is a swappable grip on the righthand side of the Cyber Snipa Silencer. Depending on your hand shape, finger length and general preferences, you can switch between a smooth concave panel and one with an extra ridge that gives more support to your fourth finger. A nice thought, and perhaps the manufacturer could have gone even further, since the plastic panels don't look expensive. A panel with the same grained texture used on the lefthand side would have been nice.

Once you're happy with the grip, you can adjust the weight of the Cyber Snipa Silencer. A removable case within the mouse's base can hold up to six small 5g discs (included in the bundle, complete with a separate holder), allowing you to finely adjust the device's heft to suit your gaming style. It's a bit like an up-market version of the 'coin-holder' concept used by the Genius NetScroll G500 Laser.

Finally, the Cyber Snipa Silencer's tracking speed can be adjusted on the fly using a small switch at the bottom rear left; blue LEDs indicate which of the four speed settings you are currently using.

All this customisation might seem a bit frivolous, but players of fast-paced multiplayer shooters (and other rapid-response games) tend to do all they can to hone their instincts to a razor's edge; customising your mouse could be worth its weight in headshots. Pimping your computing kit is also fun.

The Cyber Snipa Silencer looks very exotic - sports fans may see echoes of the textured rubber moulding of a football boot in the lefthand surface, and intermittently blinking red, blue and turquoise lights are scattered across the chassis. But function is in most cases admirable too. With the right panel inserted, the mouse sat neatly in the hand (the ridged grip didn't work for us at all) and there are plenty of buttons, all of which can be programmed with multiple functions depending on your 'profile'.

We would point out, however, that some of the buttons are quite difficult to hit at short notice - woe betide the shooting game fan who assigns the rear left button to something critical such as duck - and the number of buttons claimed in the marketing material (10!) is a little contentious. There are six, by our reckoning: left and right, two labelled 'Lift' and 'Mode' behind the scrollwheel and another two near the thumb. You also get four-way scrolling.

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Cyber Snipa Silencer: Specs

  • Wired mouse
  • 6 buttons
  • 4-way scrolling
  • 7200 frame rate
  • 150 inch per second tracking speed
  • 6 x 5g removable weights
  • 2 x swappable righthand side panels
  • 84x128x39 mm
  • 199g/169g (with weights/without)
  • Wired mouse
  • 6 buttons
  • 4-way scrolling
  • 7200 frame rate
  • 150 inch per second tracking speed
  • 6 x 5g removable weights
  • 2 x swappable righthand side panels
  • 84x128x39 mm
  • 199g/169g (with weights/without)

OUR VERDICT

If you're spending £44 on a mouse, it had better be special. Fortunately, the Cyber Snipa Silencer does a decent job of justifying its price tag, with a good range of innovative features, attention-seeking looks and a pleasant user experience.

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