After months of staring at the box and wondering Why the heck does this mouse look so weird? I finally bought a MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 mouse.
At first glance the mouse already screams that it is not your conventional mouse and of course it isn’t, it’s main claim to fame is it’s ability to be customized to fit your grip so you won’t be able to complain that the mouse isn’t comfortable to use because the mouse doesn’t fit your hand. How does it do that? The magic begins from the tail end of the mouse.
This grooved object is actually a small hex bit
It is the key to unlocking the customization features of the mouse, let’s take it easy and start off from the right side of the mouse.
See the little hex bolt there? Using the hex bit you can unscrew and remove the conventional side panel and replace it with one of these 2
The one on the left is basically the normal plate with an additional rubber surface for extra grip, but what’s more interesting is the extra large one on the right.
It gives the right side of your hand (usually the pinkie) something to rest on while you’re moving the mouse. It’s AMAZING how well it feels to rest your pinkie on it while you’re moving the mouse!
Next we’ll move to the left wing, first of all you can adjust the position of the platform between
For about 9MM of distance, doesn’t look like much on paper but you can feel the slight distance effect the ability to reach the side buttons, this ability allows me for the first time to reach BOTH side buttons without reaching awkwardly. You can also tweak the angle of the platform from
Again, this basically affects the ability to reach the side buttons of the mouse so you can adjust it to your liking.
Next up is the palm rest portion of the mouse which you can extend from it’s zero position to
For a total of 3 stops, this affects the length of the mouse and then you can also remove the palm rest and replace it with one of the other two palm rests
Again the left one is just like the standard one but with a rubber surface for extra grip, the one on the right looks like the normal one but is actually 4MM higher is you want your mouse back raised.
Then we move to the bottom of the mouse where we can find this near the tail of the mouse.
After you remove the retaining nut you can slide off the weigh discs.
Each of the discs weigh about 6 grams so you can customize the mouse weight to your liking.
With the physical customization out of the way let’s talk about the actual gaming mouse features of the RAT, I don’t actually use these features personally so here’s a quick summary. The mouse has a tracking resolution of 6400 dpi, using the rocker switch located behind the mouse wheel.
You can switch back and forth between four settings which you can customize via the control software of the RAT. You can get a visual indication of the current settings via a four segment light display on the side of the mouse.
There's a horizontal scrolling thumb wheel in the body of the mouse, positioned near the side buttons.
Once again using the profiling software you can customize what the side buttons and turning the horizontal wheel does. There’s also a red Percision Aim button near the front of the side wing. That’s basically a brake for the mouse speed so while you’re holding the button down it scrolls at a slower speed to make it easier to aim.
Like all good gaming mice the RAT 7 is able to store three profiles, with each profile having it’s own DPI and button settings. The button to toggle between profiles is located on the inside tip of the top fin near the mouse wheel.
It has 3 colors to indicate which mode it’s in. I find it funny how every other thing on the mouse is designed to be used by a right hander and thus all the indicators are on the left side of the mouse except for this one, which there’s no quick way to see what mode you’re in since you won’t be able to see the light. Although the light is strong enough to cast an image on your index finger…
One thing to note about the profiling software, when I was using it in Windows 8. You MUST INSTALL THE MOUSE DRIVER FOR THE RAT in order to get it to work! Before I installed the driver the profiling software just didn’t want to work!
There’s also one flaw in the RAT, which is the fact that the shortcut keys activated by the horizontal wheel and side buttons can only be used if you have the profiling software installed, it’s kind of a bummer but I suppose it makes the mouse cheaper to manufacture without having to deal with key mapping on the mouse… but then again the RAT ISN’T CHEAP…
As a mouse with a customizable grip so that you can tweak it to be most comfortable for you to use the R.A.T. 7 is fantastic and does stand up to the name of a customizable mouse well.
For me the only real gripe on this aspect was the fact that since I’m using the mouse at it’s shortest setting, the hex wrench bites ever so slightly into my palm. The problem is easily solved by removing the wrench from the tail of course, I just hope I don’t lose the darn thing!
As for a gaming mouse.. I don’t actually play PC games so I don’t know how good the RAT is compared to say.. other Razer products, but I do suppose the fact that you need to keep it’s profiling software running for customizations to work might be a turn off for some.