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The mere sight of the R.A.T. 9 is enough to get any geek or gamer's mouth watering. The designer who created this beast is sure to have seen every episode of Transformers and Inspector Gadget and been inspired to built the mouse of their dreams. The result is pretty incredible. The R.A.T. 9 is like a deconstructed version of a regular mouse, with every possible feature broken down into its constituent parts. That means that absolutely everything can be adjusted, from mouse's length and surface texture to the position and angle of individual buttons and the product's general design. This mouse may look incredible, but given its hefty price tag, we'd also hope that it gives great performance and has a good-quality sensor. Time to take a closer look. It's actually quite incredible—we have to admit that we weren't expecting the sensor to be quite this good—but the R.A.T 9 is a great mouse, with a sensor the delivers very good, high-precision performances. Even when pushed to the extreme, the mouse tracked all our movements with great precision up to speeds of 4 metres per second. You'll rarely move that fast in practice, though, as even the fastest and most furious gamers aren't quite that quick.
Mice are very serious for gamers: They need to feel just right in the hand, be just sensitive enough, and have just the right number of buttons to let players really let loose and fight. Most gaming mice offer some level of customization for players to adjust their sensitivity, remap their buttons, or even adjust their weight so it plays to suit their needs. The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse goes even further, letting players literally adjust the feel of the mouse with modular components. It's one of the most customizable wireless gaming mice on the market, but all of those features come at an expensive price: $149.99 list. The R.A.T. 9 is a tweaker's dream. It has three different palm rests that can be sat at different distances from the mouse's body, three different pinkie rests, an adjustable thumb rest, and a weight cartridge that can be loaded with up to 7 6-gram cartridges to add up to 1.5 extra ounces to the mouse's total weight. No matter the size or shape of your hand, you can configure the R.A.T. 9 to fit comfortably. My ideal configuration is the rubberized palm rest set close to the mouse body, the rubberized pinkie rest, and five weights to give the mouse some heft without making it sluggish.
Easily one of the most distinctive-looking mice we've reviewed, the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is aimed at dedicated PC gamers. This wireless device boasts the highest degree of customizability we've seen in a gaming mouse, along with the highest price tag, coming in at $149. The price will drive off all but the most committed gamers, but for those willing to pay, the R.A.T. 9 will provide an unparalleled level of input control. Even in an office full of seasoned tech journalists, the R.A.T. 9 spurred more than one person to exclaim, "Whoa, what is that thing?" Despite its mechanical appearance, this "thing" includes many of the familiar trappings of high-end gaming mice. It comes with a customizable 5,600-dots-per-inch laser sensor, a weight kit, a button dedicated to on-the-fly dpi adjustments, and a pair of thumb-side buttons to give you a few extra in-hand control options. Mad Catz actually has a whole family of Cyborg R.A.T. gaming mice. The wireless R.A.T. 9 is the most expensive, but if you prefer wired mice, the R.A.T. 7 is otherwise identical and costs $25 to $40 less. The R.A.T. 9 connects to your computer via a USB-powered RF receiver, which also acts as a battery-charging station, as well as a home for the tubular weight kit caddy.
Strangely it seems like aeons ago since we first laid our hands on the MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7, a mouse so weird-looking Zaphod Beeblebrox would get it free with his breakfast cereal. But bizarre as it no doubt looks, it's one of the finest gaming mice I've ever laid my cramped-up claws on. The R.A.T. 7's accurate, responsive, solidly-built, fully adjustable and incredibly comfortable to use. In fact if it wasn't for the £70 price-tag I would urge everyone to go and pick one up with their Christmas money. What we have here then is the Cyborg R.A.T. 9, the wireless equivalent of the R.A.T. 7 in every conceivable way. The only thing you're missing out on is the material-covered cable tail stretching out of its front. This is instead replaced by a 2.4GHz wireless connection, boasting a fairly minuscule 1ms response time. Now, I'm no pro-gamer, which my Black Ops scores unhappily attest to, but that's a decent reaction time that could maybe convince some to step away from their wired up rodents. But I suspect they're already too stuck in their ways now to change… Realistically then this is a home gamer's device, and a home gamer with a fair bit of disposable income to play with. As the R.A.T. 9 sits somewhere around the £120 mark it represents a fairly hefty chunk of investment.
|Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac - White - Laser - Wireless - Radio Frequency - White - USB 2.0 - 6400 dpi - Scroll Wheel - 7 Button(s)||$131.99||See it|
|Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac - Gloss Black - Laser - Wireless - Radio Frequency - Glossy Black - USB 2.0 - 6400 dpi - Scroll Wheel - 7 Button(s)||$131.99||See it|