|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 Detailed Features
Precision and DPI
You can view the DPI (Dots Per Inch) setting you have activated by looking at the LED panel on the upper left corner of the mouse. A higher DPI will result in the cursor moving further per unit of mouse travel. Red lights indicate the current setting, from one to four. These DPI settings can be adjusted via the included software. Directly above the LED panel is the illuminated 'mode' switching button, which alternates between purple, red, and blue depending on the current active mode. Modes contain information about button actions, which is useful if you're into customising your mouse's behaviour.
A temporary 'precision aim' mode can be activated by holding down the red button on the thumb panel. This lowers the DPI of the mouse, allowing the user to make fine movements. Snipers rejoice!
Software and Drivers
The included ‘Cyborg Smart Technology’ software provides the required facilities to adjust DPI settings (including that of the ‘precision aim’ button), and options to reprogram the buttons on the mouse.
On the ‘settings’ page, up to four DPI settings can be tweaked and saved onto the mouse. DPI can range from 25 - 5600 in increments of 25. Switching between these can be performed on the fly using the dedicated DPI rocker switch. The precision aim setting is software dependant, thus you cannot use it unless Cyborg ST is installed.
The ‘programming’ page allows the reprogramming of the thumb buttons, thumb scroll (clockwise and anti-clockwise), and the middle click of the main scroll wheel. Options for programming include:
Latched – Instead of holding down the button to repeat a macro, latched will loop the macro until you hit the button again, or press another.
Unprogrammed – The button behaves as per defaults
Fall Back – Constrains mouse actions to the window directly beneath the mouse cursor.New Key Presses… – Program the button to imitate a key press
New Macro… – Program the button to perform a macro consisting of keyboard and/or mouse actions.New Advanced Command… – Similar to Macro, but you can quantize time (set the time between all steps in a macro), individually define macros for ‘press’, ‘repeat’ and ‘release’ states, and set a delay (similar to quantize time, but only affects the timing of a single step).The others options are settings you’ve used previously on other programmed buttons, in this case ‘Left’, ‘Page Down’, etc.
Clicking the first of the three circular buttons to the right reveals an image of the rear of the mouse, with the ability to adjust individual tracking sensitivity for both x and y axis. Interestingly, there’s no scale to guide you, only two arbitrary sliders.
You can customise each of the three different modes by clicking on their respective button and assigning the actions as described above. There’s also the ability to save your custom profile as a .pr0 file to load at a later date.A profile consists of all three modes, so clicking ‘new’, ‘open’, ‘save’ or ‘save as’ will act on the overall profile, not individual modes. Keep in mind that profiles are not saved onto the mouse, so you can’t expect them to work without the Cyborg ST software installed. If you use the mouse on a different system, you must import your profiles from wherever you saved them. To make use of a profile, hit the large ‘Activate Profile’ button, and away you go.