By Chris Scott Barr
PC gamers such as myself are always big on customizing our keyboards and mice. Generally that means mapping keys to specific functions and adjusting the sensitivity of the mouse. However, when given the ability, we love to take the customization to a higher level. In the past we’ve seen mice that have adjustable weights, which can make a difference. However, Mad Catz has raised the bar when it comes to mouse customization with their new line of Cyborg R.A.T. mice.
The Cyborg R.A.T mouse is one of the craziest looking peripherals that I’ve seen. At first glance, it does not look like something that would be comfortable at all. However, after placing my hand on it, I found it to be exactly the opposite. In fact, thanks to the unique features it can become one of the most comfortable mice on the market.
When I say that this mouse is fully customizable, I don’t mean that you can just reprogram the functions of each button (though this is also possible). Rather, you can control the exact weight, length, width and even texture of the mouse. With a few twists of an Allen wrench (which is carefully stored within the mouse itself) you can change the very dimensions of the device so that it perfectly fits your hand.
Other notable features include a customizable DPI switch. Like most gaming mice, you easily switch between several different DPI with the click of a button. Unfortunately those resolutions are generally predetermined, with perhaps only one of them actually being of use to you. With the R.A.T. you can actually program what each of those settings are, allowing each of them to be useful. You’ll also find a precision button on the side. This is for those times where you have your mouse set to a high DPI, but need to be extremely accurate. As long as you’re holding down the button, your DPI is dropped way down, allowing you to focus on only a small area. Once you release the button, it goes back to normal.
The R.A.T. series currently four different models. The R.A.T. 9 includes all of the features and is wireless, while each of the lower models lose one or two along the way. Prices start at $129 and work their way down to $49, so there is a model for all budgets.
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