|Mad Catz Cyborg RAT-7 Laser Gaming Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Vito Cassisi - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 03 August 2010|
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Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Laser Gaming Mouse Review
Precision is a trait that gamers from all walks of life strive to achieve. Having quick reflexes is vital when proving your worth online; your mouse becomes your weapon, and your virtual existence is held in place by the reliability of its performance. When there’s a thirst for pixelated blood that needs to be quenched, there’s no substitution for quality. Ergonomics, precision, endurance; it all screams one thing: fancy gaming mouse. Mad Catz has provided just the thing in their Cyborg R.A.T. 7!
The humble mouse which revolutionised personal computer interaction has long evolved from the beige beasts of yesteryear. No longer are our mouses designed for the single purpose of moving a cursor - we have expectations from our hardware - many of which have only spawned in recent times. One of those expectations is pin-point accuracy, for tasks such as gaming. Having our movements directly translated to on-screen actions is crucial during high action games, and also less intensive tasks such as tedious image editing. Furthermore, we expect ergonomics to be taken seriously. It's an important consideration in a world where computer work (and play) is the norm. It must also be pretty and affordable!
The R.A.T. 7 mouse is part of Mad Catz spin-off brand Cyborg, which specialise in enthusiast PC gaming gear. 'R.A.T.' is their second range of gaming mouses, the successor to the ‘V.x' range. Other models in the range include the R.A.T. 3 and R.A.T. 9. The former is a cut down version of the 7 with reduced DPI sensitivity, and the latter is a wireless version of the 7. Interestingly, this new range is completely different to the previous, in both style and technical specifications.
What Mad Catz offers with the R.A.T. 7 isn't just another run-of-the-mill gaming device, it's a serious attempt at creating something unique, innovative and very exciting! Most mouse devices on the market aim to cater for different people by producing different models of their product, or replaceable covers. This isn't the case with the R.A.T. 7; you get a one size fits all device, because this little peripheral is physically adjustable! The thumb panel has two degrees of freedom, the pinky rest is interchangeable, and the palm rest can be shifted to increase the length of the mouse. It also includes a set of weights to tweak its total mass.
Mad Catz boasts a native 5600 DPI laser, and dynamic 1000Hz polling rate, to pull it ahead of its competitors. In case you're wondering, 5600 DPI is quite large (5600 pixels of cursor movement per inch of physical movement). Adjustable sensitivity without degrading tracking quality is also important for graphics artists and 3D modellers. Yes, gaming mice can be used for productive tasks!
You've probably already noticed the intriguing pose of the R.A.T. 7 in the image above. Looks can be deceiving; what appears to be an unforgiving jagged compilation of bionic parts may well prove to have a heart of gold, and a comfort level of a million fluffy cushions stacked atop a heavenly cloud.
Juggling expectations to produce a perfect product is something of a dark art. Pleasing keyboard warriors isn't an easy feat, and anything short of perfection is often tossed aside to rabid fanboys. Can Mad Catz win the ultimate gaming crown, or will they suffer the fate of many before them? Fellow gamers and gadget fanatics, follow our lead as we walk you through the craziest mouse to date!
Manufacturer: Mad Catz
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.