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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

CCB437090002/02/1 Detailed Features

Mad Catz' Cyborg R.A.T. 7 and R.A.T. 9 mice are unique in the degree of adjustability they have. And I'm talking about adjusting the size and shape of the mouse itself, rather than tweaking button functions in software (although they can do that, too). The R.A.T. 9 comes with three different palm rests and three different pinkie grips. The palm rests can be described as "normal", "raised" (sits about 3/8" higher than the normal palm rest), and a version with a textured rubber pad. The pinkie panels are "normal", "rubber padded", and "extended"; the last providing a shelf for your ring and little fingers to rest on. A separate plastic cylinder with a screw-on cap serves as a storage area for extra mouse weights, but is kept in the receiver.

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In addition to replacing the panels, you can slide the palm rest in and out, and adjust the thumb grip forwards and backwards along the length of the mouse, as well as pivot it in and out. The photo below shows the R.A.T. 9 with its palm rest and thumb grip all the way in (left) and all the way out (right). This top view of the mouse also shows the resolution adjustment button just below the scroll wheel, and the mode change button on the raised area to the left of the left mouse button. The ability to alter the physical size and shape of the mouse is a wonderful innovation and will enable people with almost any size hands to get a perfect fit...as long as they're right-handed.

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Mad Catz includes a number of 6-gram circular metal weights with the mouse that slide onto a rod under the palm rest. Using these weights you can significantly change the feel of the mouse. The nut that secures the weights also serves as a hex key that's used to loosen the adjustment screws on the mouse, which you need to do to adjust the thumb grip and replace the pinkie rest. While we're looking at the thumb grip, see that bright red button towards the front of it? That's your Precision Aim, aka "sniper mode" button. It's marked with a little crosshair in case you forget what it's for.

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While the R.A.T. 9 is functionally identical to the R.A.T. 7, looking at the bottom of both mice shows some differences. The R.A.T. 9 (on the left) gains an on/off switch just to the left of the laser "eye", and its rectangular battery pack can be seen at the upper left rear of the image. The R.A.T. 7 mouse has a large blank area in the same place; it seems as though Mad Catz designed the R.A.T. mice with a wireless version in mind.

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The bottom of the mouse shows the laser sensor and weight stack. While Mad Catz doesn't say, the sensor seems to be the same Phillips PLN2032 "Twin Eye" sensor that's becoming common in high-end gaming mice. This sensor supports extremely high resolution, but some users have reported tracking problems on some surfaces. A marketing phrase on the bottom of the mouse ("CYBORG Dynamic Ergonomics") seems to imply that the mouse shape will change in real time as you use it. Fortunately it does not.

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It's not all about hardware, though. The R.A.T. 9 comes with some software to enable you to customize its operations.



 

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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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