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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 22 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9
CCB437090002/02/1 Detailed Features
Cyborg Profile Editor Software
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse Review

Gamers represent a dream demographic for computer and computer accessory vendors: they're the market segment that drives the development and sales of things like $400 cases, $500 video cards, and in this case, $150 mice. While they comprise a tiny fraction of the overall computer market, their influence is disproportionate to their numbers. Most computer users would doubtless roll their eyes at the thought of spending more money on a video card than most people spend on their entire systems, but innovations in hardware tend to trickle down, so the features in today's high-end product eventually show up in tomorrow's mass-market offering.

Since the consumer computer mouse was introduced in the early 1980s, we've seen design innovations like the scroll wheel (1995), the wireless mouse and optical mouse sensor (2001), and the laser-based mouse sensor (2005). Various companies have added extra programmable buttons, internal LED lighting, and even built-in fans to cool your sweaty hands. Today's gamers have a plethora of high-performance gaming mice to choose from. Is there anything else left to innovate? Mad Catz thinks so, and Benchmark Reviews checks out their latest mouse, the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 wireless gaming mouse, to see if they're right.

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The original green-buttoned Microsoft Mouse of the early 1980s use a metal mouse ball, and metal bearings for support. It plugged into a serial (DB9) port, and made a lot of noise as you rolled it about your desk. The Macintosh mouse was considered much more advanced since it had a rubber-coated ball and Teflon feet, and internally it used optical-chopper encoders instead of the delicate copper feeler encoders of the Microsoft mouse.

Mad Catz' Cyborg R.A.T.-9 mouse is as different from these early mice as the Space Shuttle is from a Model T. Looking as if it were designed to be used by the company's namesake cyborgs, it's the top-end version of Mad Catz' "R.A.T." line, which comprises the R.A.T. 3, R.A.T. 5, R.A.T. 7, and R.A.T. 9. Aimed directly at hard-core gamers, the R.A.T. 9 boasts extremely high resolution, on-the-fly configuration, adjustable weights, and can be configured to fit almost any hand (as long as it's your right hand).

At a suggested retail price of $149.99 (direct from Mad Catz), the R.A.T. 9 is one of the most expensive consumer mice available. Fortunately, NewEgg offers the R.A.T. 9 at a pre-release price of $99.99. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will see if you get your money's worth.

Manufacturer: Mad Catz
Product Name: Cyborg R.A.T. 9
Model Number: CCB437090002/02/1
Price As Tested: $99.99 at NewEgg or Amazon

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.



 

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# RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming MouseRobert17 2010-11-22 04:39
Good review. I note you mention the sensitivity @ 5600 dpi and not finding it very useful (for this reviews purposes). I see your point. I use a Logitech wireless 1100 enhanced MX and although very sensitive, when using it on a 42" LCD I think a couple more DPIs may come in handy, reducing the horizontal motions a bit. Maybe not up to 5600, but still......

I thought also, as gamer oriented as this mouse is, a person with arthritis, or some malformation of the hand may find this a useful prosthetic, surpassing less worthy solutions. Just a thought.

Thanks again.
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# RE: RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming MouseServando Silva 2010-11-22 06:31
I have a daily configuration of 5760x1080, so it would be a pain if I didn't use a 4000+ DPI mouse. I normally use it at 4000-4500DPI, but I've tried more and it's too sensitive even for 5760 pixels.
Perhaps, someone using 2560x1600 monitors in eyefinity/surround (7680x1600) could take advantage of 5600 DPI, but who knows. Many people can't afford for a 3 monitor setup, especially if they're as expensive as 30"-32" solutions.

Nice Review David.
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# RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mousescottykarate 2010-11-22 13:31
They are not built for people with big hands. I have a 7 and really like it. I just wish they made a palm piece that was longer so I could rest my whole hand on the mouse.
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# longer palm peicedave 2012-10-17 09:04
You can extend the palm rest if you chose so it fits almost every hand :-)
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# One Bad $#@ MouseMark S. Hall 2010-11-24 20:05
I think this is one bad to the bone mouse.....

A little expensive....

But, well worth it......
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# RE: One Bad $#@ MouseDavid Ramsey 2010-11-27 08:25
I have to admit the price of the mouse is daunting. But if you're a serious gamer, it's arguably worth it. It makes every other mouse I've used feel cheap.
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# MrIan Hall 2010-11-26 14:11
It's very hard to get a definitive UK release date for UK stores even from Mad Catz themselves - will it be available before Christmas 2010?
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# RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mouseroger klado 2011-01-12 22:50
??QUOTE
(and if there is one I've overlooked, I'm sure a commenter will not hesitate to inform me about it!)
QUOTE??


In Window's mouse properties "pointer options" tab.>

Select a pointer speed>

Enjoy the breathing room of 5600 dpi in yer dual/tri monitor rig with as much control and precision you want.

While in that tab disable "Enhance pointer precision"
Read this article from the cyborg blog on acceleration considerations and download their registry hack:
##cyborggaming.com/blog/post/2010/06/04/So-what-is-Mouse-Acceleration.aspx

In a video game you may have to re-adjust with mouse sensitivity options.

There are no z tracking issues in the crop of R.A.T 9's I got. I can hop around my desk up to 9 times without a single cursor budge.

On the other hand,
I am having trouble with this mouse not wanting to wake up with any cursor movement happening. ( even though button clicks show the mouse is recieving signals! )
The occurences are increasing. :-(

Also the thumb angle I have extended will come loose every4 days or so... requiring re-tightening. ( hopfully I don't strip anything )

Also my mouse feet are scratching away easily. invested in a quality gaming mouse fer the first time in my life. Hopefully Cyborg will ( like razer provides ) release extra feet and spare batteries! soon. ( battery paranoia )
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# RE: RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mouseroger klado 2011-01-12 23:17
P.S.

Found that the mode toggle button was designed to be be applied very easily and without any of the frustrating accidental left click problems.
By clicking the outside edge of the button instead.
The top angle of that edge Is "raised"( above the cyborg "head logo" ) That is the actual button! ( just like the raised ledges on the side buttons ).
Like the author I had a hell of a time trying to push the "center". ignoring that raised ledge which provides an easier grip/handle.
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# RE: Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming MouseJason 2013-03-13 10:42
ive had my rat 9 for a year. I wont be buying it again, Frequently loses signal, battery dies twice a day, not ergonomic. Not worth the cost.
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# not trueBoneDigger 2014-01-04 09:38
Guys from Benchmark reviews says "- Profile data stored in the driver, not the mouse." under "cons" section, and that is not true. I have that mouse and im student who travels back home every weekend and every time i plug mouse in my laptop it loads my profiles even without driver. So please check that again.
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