|Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Friday, 03 December 2010|
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First Look: Black Ops Stealth Mouse
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse is one product in a larger line released by Mad Catz to accompany the new Call of Duty game. The line includes controllers and audio headsets for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC as well as other accessories like a pair of gaming glasses and a mouse pad.
As far as product packaging, the Stealth Mouse comes packaged almost the same way as the Cyborg R.A.T. but with a face lift. The Mad Catz packaging does a great job of listing the capabilities and features of the mouse with details adequate for an off-the-shelf decision. The front panel of the box opens so you can actually see the unique styling of the mouse and get a good idea of the size.
Visually the Stealth Mouse looks practically identical to the Cyborg R.A.T. models because it is based on the same platform. This new version has the normal Cyborg emblems and styling replaced by much a much cooler Call of Duty: Black Ops skull and logos. It's nice to see gaming hardware released as collector's items. It is a sign of product maturity when the genre of the product can become a deciding factor in a purchase. With regard to specifications and performance model CD74371200A1is most akin to the R.A.T. 9. There are a few major differences between the model which could mean the difference between choosing one over the other.
The R.A.T. 9 uses wireless technology while the Stealth Mouse is hard wired. The Stealth Mouse does not come with the customizable panels included with the other R.A.T. mice, but since the body is so similar it might be possible to use some if not all of the custom panels if acquired from Mad Catz. Finally, the Stealth Mouse ships with the driver and software on a USB drive instead of a CD. Before getting into greater detail about the software let's take a closer look at the layout and features of this mouse.