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Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Reviewed. Verdict: Highly Recommended Monster Mouse

By Ian Chiu

When it comes to gaming mice, or even mice in general, not much has really changed in the past couple years. Sure the number of buttons, number of programmable settings and DPI sensitivity may have increased, but when it came to the ergonomics of it, there wasn’t much you could do to change it if a given mouse didn’t fit your hand. Sure some mice allow you to swap out one sized “skin” or covering for another, but even this has always been a very clunky way of doing things and you could just as easily end up with a mouse which was too big instead of too small… or vice versa.

Mad Catz plans to change all that with their Cyborg RAT 7 as this bad boy has more customizable features crammed into it than any mouse ever before! Don’t like where the palm swell is? Change it out for a different one or move it forwards or backwards until is does feel comfortable! Don’t like the pinkie grip? Swap it out for one of the two others which come included! Don’t like where the thumb buttons are? Move the whole freaking area until it is comfortable. This is what the RAT 7 is all about; or at least that is the THEORY behind it. Is the theory the same as the reality? Everything USB has the full review.

[Full Review @ Everything USB]

Moshi MouseGuard Is Like A Screen Protector For Your Apple Magic Mouse

MouseGuards (Images courtesy Moshi)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m all for taking care of one’s toys, but even I have to wonder if these MouseGuards from Moshi are a bit overkill. They’re a form-fitting thin film that not only protects the surface of the mouse from everyday wear and tear, but they also apparently have a bit more texture than the Magic Mouse’s glossy surface, providing more of a tactile feel. With a price tag of $69 Apple’s mouse is definitely something you don’t want to have to replace often, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you’re willing to spend an extra $15 for a MouseGuard to keep it looking as good as new.

[ Moshi MouseGuards ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Sony Japan Announces Colorful New Mice – Misses An Easy Marketing Tie-In

Sony VGP-BMS20 (Image courtesy Sony Japan)
By Andrew Liszewski

With a little more planning and foresight, Sony Japan could have released these 5 new Bluetooth mice in colors that matched the updated VAIO P’s palette, making them the perfect accessory for anyone picking up one of their just announced notebooks. But, with a color assortment that only seems to randomly match 3 of the 5 new VAIOs, they end up being nothing more than your run-of-the-mill, 3-button wireless Bluetooth mice with a $55 price tag that doesn’t make them that interesting in an already crowded marketplace.

[ Sony VAIO VGP-BMS20 ] VIA [ Newlaunches ]

Rainbow Fit-U Mouse Does Just That

Fit-U Mouse (Images courtesy Rainbow)
By Andrew Liszewski

Most mice are designed to fit a wide variety of hand sizes, but the results aren’t always perfect. So Rainbow has created yet another mouse that can be customized via a set of 2 different covers. The ‘medium’ sized cover sits relatively flush to the mouse itself, while a ‘large’ sized cover appears to add a considerable amount of junk to the mouse’s trunk, fitting larger hands.

The mouse itself comes in 3 different flavors with varying levels of functionality, including a high-end wireless model, but they all seem to include a laser optical sensor, a scroll wheel and various programmable buttons. The basic, corded version is available for around $20 (£12.99) while the fancy wireless model is about twice that at $40 (£26.52).

[ Rainbow Fit-U Mouse ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Razer DeathAdder Mouse Strikes A Blow For Lefties


By Evan Ackerman

It’s about bloody time somebody recognized the hundreds, nay, thousands of years of suffering that my people (that would be, left-handed people) have dealt with. Finally, Razer has designed a mouse specifically for us. This lefty version of their DeathAdder gaming mouse has the same slick and subtle curves that the right-handed version does, just reflected over to the sinister side. And that’s sinister as in left, not sinister as in ‘sinister.’ Honestly, there’s no need to be afraid of left-handed people… Here are some left-handed facts to get you better acquainted with us:

-Somewhere between 8% and 15% of people are left-handed, and only half as many women are left-handed as men.

-The Incas thought that left-handed people had special spiritual powers. Pretty much everyone else thought that left-handed people were either just unfortunate, or pure evil.

-Left-handed people tend to be smarter than average. They also tend to be dumber than average. In other words, lefties are more likely to be at one end of the spectrum than in the middle.

-On average, left-handed men who graduate college are 26% richer than right-handed men who do. Nobody knows why, and this doesn’t apply to women.

-50% of left-handed people use a mouse right-handed (and I’m one of them).

You want to know why 50% of left-handed people use a mouse right-handed? It’s the man, man. The establishment. The right-handed industrial complex. So thank you, Razer, for helping us break free of the oppression and tyranny of the right-handed world… Who cares if nobody buys your mouse because we’re all used to right-handed ones? You’ve struck a mighty blow this day, a mighty blow for the forces of all that is just and good and right in this world!

Er, wait. Left, I meant left.

As far as specs go, the DeathAdder is more mouse than you’ll ever need (3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor, five independently programmable “Hyperesponse” buttons, and it’s wired as all serious gaming mice are), and it’s yours for $60.

[ Razer ] VIA [ HotHardware ]

New Logitech MK710 Combo Features A 3-Year Battery Life


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ll recall, last August Logitech released a wireless keyboard/mouse combo that promised incredible battery life. Specifically, you could go three years on your keyboard and one year with your mouse before needing to change the batteries. (Logitech is good to their word, five months in and my keyboard still reads as full, and my mouse isn’t even down to half a charge.) Well the company has decided that it can do a bit better and thus has announced the new Wireless Desktop MK710.

Largely, the two devices are pretty well the same as their predecessors. The mouse seems to have gotten a small design change, but otherwise you’ll find the same features in both. This includes the Incurve keys, hyper-fast scrolling, and the tiny Unifying receiver. The main difference here is that you’ll get three years of battery life out of both devices. That’s right, they’ve somehow tripled the battery life on the mouse. Look for the combo starting in April for the same $99 price.

[ Logitech ]

USB Dust Vacuum Mouse

USB Dust Vacuum Mouse (Image courtesy Uxsight)
By Andrew Liszewski

We’ve written about plenty of USB powered vacuums in the past, designed to keep your desk or workspace free of Cheetos crumbs, but this USB Dust Vacuum Mouse kills 2 birds with one stone. I mean you’re already pushing a mouse around your desk all day, why shouldn’t it be sucking up crumbs and dust the whole time? Who has time to do both? And besides an always accesible minivac, your $12.69 also gets you a fairly capable 800dpi optical mouse with a scroll wheel and what appears to be slightly ergonomic styling.

[ USB Dust Vacuum Mouse ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Lenovo Releases Keyboard/Mouse Combo For Living Room Use


By Chris Scott Barr

Having an HTPC can be a useful thing, what with all of the greatness of a computer hooked up to your big-ass TV. The biggest issue with using them is, well, using them. Sure, if you’re using something simple like Windows Media Center then a remote should do the trick. If you’re trying to do anything that requires typing or mousing, then you’ve got to have the necessary tools. Traditional keyboards and mice are large and clunky, things that should not be found in your living room. That’s why companies like Lenovo are creating hybrid devices that provide similar functionality while still looking like something you’d want sitting on your coffee table.

The latest offering from Lenovo is this Multimedia Remote with Keyboard. Meant to be held like a traditional remote, it offers a trackball at the bottom for your mousing needs. When it comes time for typing, you’ll use the keyboard just as you would with most QWERTY phones. A tiny USB dongle is all that’s require to connect it to your computer. At $60, this should be a welcome accessory to any living room with an HTPC.

[ Lenovo ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Jelfin Mice Are Squishy, Squeezable, Shaped Like Balls


By Evan Ackerman

Are you finding that your mouse is both not aerodynamic enough and not soft enough to effectively throw at people or animals without risking injury related lawsuits? Jelfin has the solution for you, with a mouse that’s about the size and shape of a baseball and covered in squishy gel. It’s supposed to be ergonomic and super comfortable, kinda like a stress relief ball, and includes two buttons and a three dimensional optical scroll wheel.

And a “travel can,” for whatever that’s worth.

This sort of reminds me of Apple’s terrible little round mice that came with the iMac. SORT OF reminds me, just because it’s round and strange… I’m not saying that the Jelfin is going to be terrible or anything, but as with any unorthodox peripheral as critical as a mouse, I’m inherently skeptical, simply because mice have been around for a while, and there’s an accepted shape that seems to work. I will say that this mouse would be infinitely more appealing if somehow the ball shape could be used to enable a few additional axes of control, kind of like a Space Navigator or something. Just a thought.

The Jelfin mouse is available in 5 colors, none of which are black or white or anything else normal, for $35 right now on Amazon.

[ Jelfin ] VIA [ Gearlog ]