Mad Catz R.A.T7 Gaming Mouse Review…

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It can be sort of hard to review gaming mice. Problem is, all the major brands pretty much have it down—they make mice with excellent sensors, responsive hardware, and a set of feature that’s rapidly becoming an industry standard. They might have a couple of extra buttons here or there, or a superfluous LCD screen tucked away somewhere, but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen something actually revolutionary. Well, here you go. It may be derided as one of the ugliest products ever made, but it’s also one of the most functional (and we think it looks pretty awesome, too). The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is an endlessly customizable gaming mouse — it even comes with its own Allen wrench so you can take it apart and reassemble it at will. You can adjust the hardware for a perfect fit, and then tweak the software so that each button responds precisely to your touch. You can even adjust the precision of its laser sensor based on your needs — and how quick on the trigger you are. 

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Uncompromising, unparalleled, and unmatched, the R.A.T. 7 helps you play like the pros, combining state-of-the-art technology with a jaw-dropping array of customization features to produce the next step in the evolution of the mouse. Perfect your grip – How do you hunt? Whether you ‘palm’ the mouse or ‘claw’ it, the R.A.T. can quickly and easily adapt by adjusting in length to suit your hand size and grip style. In addition, the Thumb Panel of the R.A.T. 7 moves forwards, backwards, and pivots outwards, giving you perfect positioning for effortless gaming.

Interchangeable Pinkie grips and Palm rests

3 palm rests

– One featuring the same soft-touch finish as found on the body of the R.A.T.

– One with a rubber inlay for enhanced grip.

– One that is 4mm thicker to increase the height of the R.A.T.

3 pinkie grips

– One featuring the same soft-touch finish as found on the body of the R.A.T.

– One with a rubber inlay for enhanced grip.

– One that offers a ‘wing shaped’ design, allowing you to rest your pinkie finger during play for increased grip.

6400 DPI – Featuring a new generation ‘twin eye’ laser sensor that reads each axis separately for pinpoint accuracy, the R.A.T. 7 tracks up to a stunning 6 meters per second. Pro gamers who favor low sensitivity with high movement speed preferences will always experience correct tracking and precision.

Precision Aim Mode – Hit your target the first time every time. Use the ST Programming Software to set your desired Precision Aim speed (mouse sensitivity), then hold down the Precision Aim button to slow down mouse movement to a level that works for you. A deadly weapon that will hit your enemy where it hurts.

Custom Weight System – Like it light or heavy? Maybe you change the weight to suit your game? No matter, the R.A.T. has you covered. Five 6-gram weights can be added or subtracted in an instant, giving you the perfect weight for a perfect feel.

4 Custom DPI Settings – Use the Rocker Switch to toggle between your custom DPI settings.

6 Programmable Buttons – Combine your Programmable Buttons with 2 regular left and right mouse buttons and give yourself a total of 8 buttons available to punish your competition. Assign your choice of key gaming actions to Programmable Buttons to create your own custom profiles.

3 Modes – Toggle between three individual R.A.T. modes at the touch of a button. Change sensitivity or Programmable Button actions in an instant and gain immediate access to a mind-boggling 18 commands!

Powerful ST Programming Software – Change your DPI, set Precision Aim cursor sensitivity, create custom profiles for each game, and assign commands to your Programmable Buttons and Modes. Easy, quick and the power you need right on your desktop.

Lightweight Metal Chassis – Strong yet nimble, the solid metal frame forms the core of the R.A.T. 7 for enhanced rigidity.

Models available:

The R.A.T.7 is part of a new line of gaming mice from MadCatz’ Cyborg brand. There will be 4 models total, the R.A.T.3, R.A.T.5, R.A.T.7, and R.A.T.9. At $50, the R.A.T.3 has a lesser 3200 DPI laser sensor, and lacks most of the features and customization that we like about the 7. The R.A.T.5 has a better sensor than the three, as well as the sniper button and thumbwheel, but lack the interchangeable palm and pinky surfaces. The R.A.T.9 will essentially be the same as the R.A.T.7, but will be wireless. Currently, only the R.A.T.5 and the R.A.T.7 are shipping, with the R.A.T.3 and the R.A.T.9 planned for later this summer.

Conclusion:

This is a bad-ass mouse. The $100 price tag puts the R.A.T. at the higher end of the gaming mouse spectrum, but you’re not going to find a mouse that’s more feature-packed or customization than this.

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