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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

Closer Look: Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9

The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 comes in a box as edgy as the mouse within.

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The angled front flap of the box is magnetically secured (making the Velcro fasteners ASUS uses on its Republic of Gamers motherboards seem cheap) and opens to reveal the mouse within, showing the detailed technical features of the mouse on the inside of the flap.

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Once you finish unpacking the box, you'll find the mouse, the USB receiver/charger, two color-coded batteries for the mouse, a driver CD, and a metal box with extra mouse parts and weights. What you won't find is much in the way of documentation: a multi-language fold-out single page stuffed inside the CD sleeve is all you get. There is no documentation on the CD.

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The mouse itself is likely the most visually impressive piece of hardware you'll ever have sitting next to your keyboard. Its broken, angular shape conjures visions of Stealth bombers, or advanced weapons prototypes.

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The R.A.T. 9's angular aspect is in stark contrast to the smooth, organic shape of most modern mice. It looks as if it would be uncomfortable, but the mouse's adjustability and the rubberized coating that covers the entire surface of the mouse make it surprisingly nice to hold. The ridged cylinder above the thumb rest is a separate scroll wheel, operated by your thumb.

The R.A.T. 9 is functionally identical to Mad Catz' R.A.T. 7 mouse, which we reviewed here. The difference is that it's wireless. Thus, instead of a USB cable connecting the mouse to your computer, there's a (nicely sleeved) USB cable connecting a radio receiver to the computer. The receiver is rather large (especially compared to Logitech's minuscule "Unifying receiver"), but serves to charge the mouse battery as well as providing storage space for extra mouse weights (the knurled cylinder at the top of the receiver is the weight container). Two LEDs on the receiver show the mouse connection (left LED) and battery charge state (right LED). The batteries are color-coded, one with red markings and the other with gray markings, so you can keep track of them.

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In the next section, I'll take a detailed look at this device.



 

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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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