Hardware

Geek Gifts 2010: Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse

The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is the prototypical gaming mouse designed to be mechanically adjustable to fit any hand and any game playing style.

For hardcore PC gamers, the mouse is a very important part of the overall gaming experience. There is a thriving niche market for specially designed gaming mice, and none is more impressive than the Cyborg R.A.T. 7. With a futuristic design that includes a built-in tool for mechanically adjusting the shape of the R.A.T. 7, this is a gaming mouse that will make any geeky gamer drool.

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Specifications

  • Product: Cyborg R.A.T. 7
  • Company: Mad Catz Interactive Asia Limited
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • DPI range: 25-5600dpi (in 25dpi steps)
  • Acceleration: 50G
  • Polling Rate: Dynamic up to 1000Hz
  • Tracking Speed: Up to 6m/sec
  • Cost: Around $80 ($78.99 on Amazon)
  • Photos: Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse

What I like

  • Construction: The R.A.T. 7 framework is titanium metal, and it feels like it. The parts fit together flawlessly. You can tell that this is one mouse that is engineered to be solid and durable, which is perfect because gamers tend to drive their mice hard.
  • Laser DPI: The R.A.T. 7 has a very high maximum dots per inch (DPI) rating, making it extremely responsive to the user's slightest movement. However, I found that the highest DPI settings were actually too responsive for me, but that was okay because I could easily step the DPI down to a more manageable level.
  • Configurable: The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 niche is that it can be mechanically modified to configure to a user's unique requirements. By moving and/or removing various pieces, a user can configure the thumb buttons, palm guard, and pinky rest to their most comfortable position. See the Photo Gallery for a visual explanation.

What I don't like

  • Buttons: I am a mouse buttons gamer - that is to say, I want as many configurable mouse buttons as I can get. So, while you can figure the R.A.T. so that the buttons are where you want them, you do not get more than two thumb buttons, right and left main buttons, and a middle wheel button. By contrast, my old Logitech MX518 gaming mouse has eight configurable buttons.
  • Price: The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 has come down in price since it first came to market, and you can get one for around $80, but I think that is still too much by about $20.

Geek bottom line

The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 is a very good, well-made, superbly engineered gaming mouse. And, while the novelty of being able to make physical adjustments is pretty cool, it is not the most important feature. The ability to set a response level that matches your game playing style is what separates this mouse from others. It is also one of the few gaming mice on the market that have, what they call in the car selling business, a head-turning quotient.

Geek gift rating (out of 5)

  • Fun factor: ****
  • Geek factor: *****
  • Value: **
  • Overall: ****

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15 comments
Mr. C3
Mr. C3

What about a left-handed version?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Still use it for online and offline gaming, just can't be bothered to plug in my mouse to play games. Even fast action FPS I just touch pad it. It's amazing how dexterous you can be with a touch pad and keyboard in a game of COD or WOW.

Scott R.
Scott R.

I bought one when they first came out and I love it! You forgot to mention the increedible sniper button, which temporarily (while you push it) halves the DPI. This is actaully one of the biggest selling features of the mouse. You also forgot to mention the extra thumb wheel. You have to program it yourself, but it is REALLY handy. BTW, the shell is steel, not titanium.

LarryD4
LarryD4

Bleh, if it can't become a trackball device its worthless to me. Trackballs are the only way to play FPS games!

boothby
boothby

Make that "ANY RIGHT-HANDED GAMER." It's a righty's mouse.

Drsquatson
Drsquatson

I had purchased one of these because it looked unlike anything I had used. (Perhaps an indication of how mundane one's life can be) At any rate, this thing works great when I'm using Windows. It's also shockingly comfortable due to the number of ways that it can be customized. The one downside that I've found is that Ubuntu hates it. Focus gets locked to whatever window is open and you lose the ability to click anything. Logging out and back in fixes this.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I am using the Logitech MX518 for my gaming, what mouse are you using? Have you considered the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse?

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Mary Weilage pointed it out to me also - this is a right-handed mouse. Despite all of its configuration tools, it cannot be converted to a left-handed mouse.

SmartAceW0LF
SmartAceW0LF

Until I discovered who it is manufactured by. After my experience with the Saitek Eclipse keyboard I will pass on any of their other products. Just have to stick to my trusty ol' Logitech G5 and my Belkin n52te

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Just like a Rubik's cube, you don't have to actually turn it to solve it, you don't even have to pull all the stickers off, just bust it apart and snap it together in a different configuration. That's what they SHOULD do with them anyway. I'm not even left handed and I have all the solutions! Good thing too because I only own right handed screwdrivers!

Rayezilla
Rayezilla

I also use a saitek eclipse keyboard, and I couldn't be happier with it. It seems like the model is very hit-and-miss: either it blows you away with its look and durability or it falls apart in weeks. My experience has been the former. As far as this mouse, I love my two year old G6 but it's slowly getting close to upgrade time. I'm going to take a serious look at some mice and decide if I just want a dime-a-dozen model or if I want to splurge and get something that people will 'ooo' and 'ahhh' at. The customizable factor really interests me, as does the nice pinky tray feature (a part of my hand is noticeably rubbed from all the mousework I do). So if I do get a nice mouse instead of a cheap one this may be the one I go with.

SmartAceW0LF
SmartAceW0LF

battery operated sexual devices. My what a dillema. Sure glad I'm a righty-tighty.

Scott R.
Scott R.

...or left-handed toothbrushes!

Animal13
Animal13

that would ensue if the world had left-handled toilets!

boothby
boothby

It's obvious you're a righty--you're BLIND to the problems we lefties face! Have you ever stopped to think just how right-centric the world is?! It doesn't just end with clocks, scissors, can openers, and even nuts and bolts, but--think about it--crescent wrenches, socket sets, hammers, finishing nails, DVD players, battery operated sexual devices, Christmas lights...the list goes on!

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