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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

Cyborg Profile Editor Software

The included Profile Editor software is where you'll define how the mouse operates. The version I tested was 7.0.2.7 with mouse driver version 7.0.2.3. Once the software is installed, you invoke it from your system tray.

The Profile Editor has two functional parts: in the first part, under "Settings", you can define four different mouse resolutions, easily selectable at any time with the rocker switch just under the scroll wheel. You can even set different resolutions for the X and Y axes! Four LEDs on the left of the mouse (as shown below) illuminate in sequence to show which resolution setting you've selected. One real innovation here that any FPS fan will appreciate is the red "sniper mode" button on the thumb grip: as long as this is held down, resolution will be what's set in the "Precision Mode" slider at the bottom of the Settings window. This allows you to set a high resolution for quick action, and instantly drop it when precise motion (such as, say, sighting through a rifle scope at a distant target) is desired. The top of the Profile Editor also has a battery gauge; unfortunately, invoking the Profile Editor is the only way to check the state of your battery.

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The second part is the Programming window, which is where the real work takes place. You can program the main and thumb scroll wheels as well as the forward and back thumb buttons (the main left and right buttons and the Precision Aim button cannot be redefined) to emit anything from simple clicks to character strings to advanced macros that combine both. A collection of these settings is called a "Mode", and each profile can have three of them. For example, in a Crysis Warhead profile, you could have a mode for on-foot action and a separate mode for in-vehicle play, with different button definitions for each. Although you can define actions for the thumb scroller, oddly enough "scroll horizontally" isn't one of them. Granted, this is a gaming mouse, but it still would have been nice to have this function.

Although you can set any profile as the "Startup profile" that will load automatically at boot time, other profiles must be selected manually by clicking on the mouse icon in the system tray and selecting a profile from the list that appears. Some competitive mice will automatically load the appropriate button definitions when a given application is opened, and I was surprised to see this feature missing in the R.A.T. driver.

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As with the resolution setting, the mode you're using is indicated by an external LED on the mouse, just to the left of the left mouse button. Mode 1 is indicated by red, mode 2 by blue, and mode 3 by purple. Mad Catz allegedly has a collection of sample game profiles, which you can download by clicking the "Support" link at the top of the Profile Editor, then clicking the "Download Game Profiles" button. However, during the duration of this review, this led only to a screen informing me that game profiles were being updated. The Support link also has a button that will display a programming manual for the Profile Editor. It's brief but adequate, especially since no documentation on this utility is included with the mouse, either printed or on the driver CD.

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Although the resolution settings are stored in the mouse (they'll stick around if you use the mouse on a Mac or Linux system), the settings you make in the Programming section of the Profile Editor are kept in the driver, so they only apply to the computer you defined them on.



 

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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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