Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9
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- Low-latency wireless connectivityGreat battery life with hot-swappable packsIt's a transforming mouse
- No easy way to grab battery packsSlight fit and finish issuesNot quite one-size-fits-all
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Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9
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- 86AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE8 ReviewsCNET90Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse for PCThe Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is the most expensive gaming mouse we know of, but its vast customizability, unique features, and strong performance make it a worthwhile expense for demanding PC gamers.TechCrunch70Review: Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming MouseA striking and powerful, but heavy and inconvenient, gaming mouse. Definitely unique, though.Engadget90Exclusive: Mad Catz Cyborg Rat 9 reviewDespite its customizable hardware, the Rat 9 won't fit everyone. ... Still, aside from the occasional nitpick, we couldn't find a thing wrong with this sleek transforming mouse. That's not something we get to say often.Ars Technica80R.A.T. 9 mouse long on features, Michael Bay-goodThe Mad Catz R.A.T. line is impressive, and very desirable if you can never seem to find a mouse that works well with your hands, or you just love to be able to tweak and adjust your gear.TechRadar80Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 reviewThe wired version is pricey enough and you really don't get enough on top of that version to justify the extra £50 price premium MadCatz is putting on this wireless mouse.OkayGeek100Cyborg R.A.T. 9 gaming mouse reviewThe design of the mouse is a breath of fresh air and its performance is top notch, not to mention the crap ton of features it packs in. We can’t find much to complain about the R.A.T. 9 other than the fact that it costs a whopping $140 and ... it won’t necessarily be perfect for everyone.Hardware Heaven90Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse ReviewThe Cyborg R.A.T. offers wireless functionality with no noticeable impact to gaming or general use when compared to a wired model, it performs exceptionally well. Additionally a high level of build quality is backed up by a hugely flexible design and easy to use software suite.Benchmark Reviews90Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse ReviewWhat you're paying for is the convenience of wireless operation, the exceptional build quality, and the physical configurability of the mouse itself. ... Is the most expensive consumer mouse worth it? If you're a serious gamer, the answer could be "Yes."
- 85AVERAGE USER SCORE13 ReviewsEngadget Reader90January 26, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A great mouse, unless you can actually feel that 8K dpi that some mice have (which I can't). This is for people who don't mind swapping batteries out 4-6 hours, as evidenced by the charger base, as well as the fact that it comes with two batteries. My only gripe is, that like all high DPI mice, it eats the batteries like no tomorrow, and the sensor needs to be blasted out with a can of air about every 3-5 months (based on usage, and enviroment) to clear the dust that it collects.Engadget Reader100December 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great design! You can adjust it to fit your palm. Thumbs up!Zephyrheart80November 19, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70April 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Form and PriceCyborg's R.A.T. 9 wireless gaming mouse is the best mouse I have owned. In my periphery vision, the mouse evokes the stealth motif of the bat-mobile from Batman Begins. I love the look of it. People go, "what is that?"The R.A.T. 9 is heavy. It doesn't feel like any mouse I have used before. In fact the base (or chassis) is metal with small plastic feet that it glides on. It is very flat and balanced on it's bottom. In other words, there is no rocking if I apply more weight from my hand to one side of the mouse or the other, which could negatively impact the movement sensor. It looks and feels bottom-wide and stable. And that is a very good thing.The skin of the R.A.T. 9 has a very slight grippy feel to it, which is common in many gaming mice these days. For even more grip you could swap out the pinkie rest and/or palm rest with the rubberized versions that come with the mouse. I have noticed, over time, I have changed my mousing behavior. Now, with the R.A.T. 9, I rest my hand on the mouse and push it around. Previously, I was in the habit of clutching the mouse and lifting, it in addition to pushing it. I no longer clutch. I think the customized R.A.T. 9 is a better fit to accommodate a more natural position for my hand.The R.A.T. 9 demands a very high price. However, it feels well built and highly engineered. Little graphics and logos adorn the thing as enhancements that tell me the folks that designed this device had a passion, and vision for it. At $130, you could probably find better ways to spend your gaming dollars, but for me, it's the cherry on top of my gaming monsterpiece.BatteryI love the form and function of the USB/wireless receiver/Battery charger/Spare weight container thingy. I enjoy swapping batteries out; it feels like reloading :-) There is a power switch in the bottom, but my mouse is never powered off. It does auto-hibernate when I leave it sit. The R.A.T. 9 consumes 1 battery per day. On a very heavy day, it's possible I will swap batteries twice. For me, that is no problem and completely acceptable. The two Lithium-ion batteries that come with the mouse are about the size of a AAA housed in a rectangular plastic shell. Its a great design, but obviously proprietary, and because of that I will probably choose to order replacement batteries if I plan to get two or more years out of this mouse. Not a problem for me, as I have my expectations set according to the limitations of the technology.PrecisionThe RAT 9 is just as precise as any mouse I have used previously. I operate the R.A.T. 9 on a smooth, off-white computer desk. No mouse pad. In fact, the smooth off-white surface of my computer desk has always outperformed all the fancy, gamer mouse pads that I have tried out. (Yes, Im a sucker for PC gaming gear.) My fears of poor performance due to the use of wireless technology was unwarranted. The R.A.T. 9 performs every bit as good as my previous Razer wired mouse.ButtonsAll the mouse buttons are in a comfortable position. Made even more comfortable with the extensive customization of the "thumb wing", the palm rest, and the pinkie rest. Additionally, each button is calibrated perfectly for the amount of force need be applied to click the button. Not too hard and not too soft. All the buttons seem to require the same force to trigger them, except for the Precision Aim button. The Precision Aim button requires more pressure to trigger it, which is probably a good thing considering that the placement is directly ahead of the tip of my thumb. I have used it, and it works exactly as described in Cyborg's marketing material. The bundled software gives you the ability to adjust the Precision Aim setting. However, I rarely use the Precision Aim button, so perhaps other reviewers will offer feedback on that feature.The Bad NewsWith all the love I have for this mouse, it hasn't been without issue. I purchased the first R.A.T. 9 in February 2012. Upon unboxing, it was immediately obvious the power switch on the bottom was malfunctioning. After spending $150 on my first wireless mouse, (for gaming), and experiencing a faulty power switch, I had buyers remorse. I did not feel comfortable spending that kind of money on what I thought may be overpriced, under-crafted junk to fuel my game gear addiction. I returned the device without problem for a full refund. I was disappointed, but still considered the R.A.T. 7 because it won't have a power issue or any of the connectivity issues that concerned me with having a wireless mouse. I never followed through with that purchase for myself, but I did buy a R.A.T. 7 as a gift for someone else that had their heart set on it. That person loved the R.A.T. 7. Loved it! Loved it so much that they gifted me a R.A.T. 9, insisting that I try it again. I am very glad they did. The R.A.T. 9 that was gifted to me was perfect out of the box. I have been using it since April 2012, until about a month ago.In October, the mouse cursor began drifting, on screen, even after I quit moving the mouse. I tried all the fixes possible but no resolution. I submitted a trouble ticket with Mad Catz/Cyborg. It took them about a week to respond to my trouble ticket. I shipped the R.A.T. 9 to Mad Catz/Cyborg and 7 days later I had a replacement device that looked brand new, except for the foot glides on the bottom. The foot glides looked slightly worn. The device is back to working perfectly, and the customer service experience was good. OverallDespite my issues with it, the R.A.T. 9 is the best mouse I have ever used because of it's comfortable custom-fit and feel, stylish design, and excellent wireless performance. It is a great compliment to my gaming tower. I strongly recommend if the price fits your budget, and you have already invested into the more crucial components of your rig. The R.A.T. 9 is the cherry on top.Engadget Reader90April 19, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Everything i need to say is above.Engadget Reader80February 28, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I really like this mouse. I am concern about the batteries. I go through ONE BATTERY PER DAY. I miss some features from my old Logitech MX Revolution. The left right scroll wheel is silly and a little out of the way to use. accuracy button, dpi switching and on the fly button map switching are really cool though.Best WIRELESS gaming mouse but the life of the batteries concerns me.Engadget Reader100February 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader70January 31, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70December 5, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 17, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader70May 23, 2011Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Awesome mouse with lots of configuration and customization options. It's biggest issues is horrible battery life and periodic loss of tracking.
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