World-Exclusive Review: The R.A.T.7 is the Best Gaming Mouse Ever

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Number Six

The review doesn't mention whether it's an Autobot or a Deceptacon.  Don't you think that's an important bit of information?

-Six

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fiXXer

You hit the nail on the head.  The first thing I thought when I saw that picture was "holy $hit it's a transformer!".  I half expected a Youtube clip of it transforming.  I'd have to say decepticon though, just from the styling.

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Brusilov

I would definitely have to agree with you that it is a Decepticon... mainly cause it is a load of BULLSHIT!!

I'm not the kind of FPS gamer to slam my mouse on the desk and yell "chiibai~laaahh!!" when i get pwnt, but i swear its going out my 4th floor window if the X-Axis (left-to-right) tracking sensor stops working randomly again in the middle of a fire-fight!!!

I can only assume this is what the other guy was complaining about when he mentioned Z-Axis problems.

Also works worse than a runway model on smack when you use it on certain surfaces. for example, tracks alright on my smooth white veneered desk, but is completley useless on my $30 Black SteelSeries Mousemat. Additionally, the opening for the lasers at the bottom is perfect for scraping dust and hand salsa off the desk and needs to be cleaned very regularly to ensure correct tracking.

I read a lot of reviews before buying it early 2011 and none of them had anything specifically bad to say about the R.A.T 7, just mistrust for Saitek and the parent company MadCatz, all of which i would now say is well founded. 

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Mark17

It looks like that mouse wants to eat my hand.

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Lars Rasmussen

It would be helpful if perfectly scored reviews had some unique tags assigned to their articles.

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Mighty BOB!

Yeah like "Kick Ass."

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SEALBoy

Kick Ass isn't exclusive to perfect 10 scores...

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Mighty BOB!

True.

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Rictus

Like 10 Double Plus Kick Ass?

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knexkid

Can anyone tell me if the mouse wheel (the main one, not the thumb one) is able to switch between smooth scrolling and clicky scrolling? I assume it probably doesn't as I haven't been able to find  anywhere that says it can switch.  That is the one feature it is missing.  After having my G9x, I can never go back to a mouse that isn't able to switch between the two.

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chazzzer

Having seen the inside of many a mouse, I can tell you that any of them can be converted from clicky to smooth...once.  Unfortunately, there's no going back.

 

As far as switchable mode wheels go, I've never used one better than the MX Revolution.  Being able to set the speed at which the wheel automatically transitioned from clicky to smooth was awesome.  You want to go down a bit?  Click, click, click.  You want to go down a lot?  Click, click, zooooooom.  And the weight of that wheel was awesome; it was like a flywheel.  If you gave that thing one powerful flip, it could still be spinning 15 seconds later.  And you could also assign one of the buttons to switch the mode, which is the way I used it when gaming.  Very nice.

 

I'm waiting for a R.A.T. 9.  I pretty much gave up on mouse cords when the first wireless mice were introduced.  

 

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JohnP

 The smooth scrolling mouse is the best thing to come along in mice for me. I love it on the G9 Laser and I too will not use a mouse without it. It cannnot be that hard to make a mouse that doesn't clack it way around.

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Danthrax66

For gaming it kind of sucks when using the mouse wheel to switch weapons you want the pistol but you went to far and got the knife etc.

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knexkid

Completely Agreed. My first mouse was some cheap microsoft jobby that had a smooth scrolling wheel. Loved the smoothness for browsing the web but when it came to games I didn't even use the mouse wheel. I got used to chnaging weapons with the numbers. But when I got my G9x, I love how you can easily switch between the two modes. I want all of my mice I get from now on to have that feature....then again I don't want to have to get a new mouse anytime soon. My g9x better last me a while!

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Mighty BOB!

Hmm, it looks ugly as sin and all the disjointed parts make it look like it is very uncomfortable, regardless of adjustability.  Granted, looks can be deceiving, but even with a 10 from MaxPC I'm not sold on it (ew, and the price tag too).  I would definitely have to try it first.

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eric0rr

ive been looking at this mouse for months! trying to think if i was gonan buy it or not. i thought the mouse was amazing, but the madcatz brand label had me hesitate, but seeing how yuo guys rated it, I think i might just buy it.

u took the question of wether to buy it or not right out of my hands

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shibby1111

That is seriously one of the sickest mice (mouses? not sure how to say it) that I have ever come across. I am blown away by this thing. The accuracy must be unparalleled and the quality looks amazing. Ahh the technology these days, amazing mice, <a href="http://www.electroniccigarettesinc.com">electronic cigarette</a>, the ability to dig 5,000 feet in the ocean - but not fix it.

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Zestia

This is one badass toy that Lucius Fox would be proud to own.

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riopato

I was glancing this article and I noticed that the mouse looked like a tumbler (batmobile). When i saw that they took it apart, I was half expecting it turning into a pod!

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Zestia

Hahaha - agreed!

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gullymiles

I don't understand why you list the "sniper button" as new, given that the SteelSeries Ikari and Xai both have a button for toggling between two DPI settings for exactly this purpose. In fact you reviewed the Ikari last year and mentioned it in your review.

 

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Tehrawk

The sniper button on the RAT mice work differently. You can change between pre set DPI like on many other mice, using the DPI toggle. But the sniper button only changes the DPI while it is held down. Once you let it go it will reset to the default DPI.

So if you are trying to pick someone off from a distance. Instead of zooming in and toggling to a different DPI, picking the dood off, unzooming and toggling back to your preferred close quarters DPI. You just need to hold the button when you zoom in to get the fine control. It is just a tiny change, but in practice it will make a huge difference. Also you don't need to remove your "trigger finger" in order to change between modes. 

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Big_MARK

Hey guys! RTFA!!!!

 

LOL

 

The difference between the models are explained, the wireless version is the RAT9,

Geeze, read before posting....

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Cy-Kill

What is the difference between this one and the 9, seeing as how on the web site you cannot compare mice, etc. like you can on Razer's site?!

Cy-Kill

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hoosyerDaddy

The R.A.T.9 will essentially be the same as the R.A.T.7,
but will be wireless. Currently, only the R.A.T.5 and the
R.A.T.7 are shipping, with the R.A.T.3 and the
R.A.T.9 planned for later this summer.

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paatz86

  this mouse is a great and powerful. but I have to think twice to buy it

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bodum travel press

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MeTo

This looks like something some body built in there basement. Could also get rid of the cord.

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Talcum X

 The release and review of the Bat Mobile mouse...  Could this convince be to go back to a mouse from my trackball?  

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Scootiep

This thing looks like it would shred my hand and leave it a bloody stump...I must have it.

To start press any key...ohh, where's the "Any" key. - Homer Simpson

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Tehrawk

Nice review. I have been looking forward to this mouse for quite a while now.

Is this mouse affected by the issues found in other mice with the twin eye sensor?

The main problem is highlighted in this youtube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZhFKOq8CM8 

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Danthrax66

Actually that is because razer makes over priced POS mice compared to logitech I had a lachesis (4000dpi) and went to a g9x(5700dpi) and the g9x is way smoother and no jitters like on that video. I will never buy another overpriced razer mouse again, their mouse pads on the other hand are good (well the goliathus) and I like thier backlit keyboard.

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excelguru

It's nice to find a site that doesn't just hand out 10's like free candy. When I visit Max PC and see a 10 rating, I know they've stumbled upon something truly ground-breaking. And this is certainly ground-breaking. As an engineer, I can appreciate a design that puts function ahead of form (frankly, I think it looks kick-ass). RAT9 for the win... http://cyborggaming.com/prod/rat9.htm.

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COMMANDER_COOK

This is only the second or third time MPC has ever given a perfect 10 with a kick ass. 

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don2041

I want one now

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Matt_Rapp

I'm interested but would have to actually try it before spending $100 on a mouse.

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dethdeks

how is that the best  gaming mouse ever, that thing gives my hand a cramp just looking at it. and sorry to say its f-ing ugly. give me a plain optical mouse any day. and they can keep that plastic thing they call a mouse. seriously who designed it? it looks like it was dropped a few hundred times n then packaged.

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mc4o1993

they don't mention metal in the review.. but according to the spec on their site:

 Lightweight Metal Chassis - Strong yet nimble, the solid metal frame forms the core of the R.A.T. 7 for enhanced rigidity.

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makius

"That plastic thing they call a mouse" Really? did you even read the review? I'm not sure of any other gaming mouse that has that much metal directly incorporated into it. And personally I like that idea. A solid steel base sounds pretty sweet to me. But I guess you can keep using your plastic mouse and not reading articles before commenting on them.

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kevaskous

Coming from a professional gamer, who now plays casually, I would rather quit gaming entirely. The Twin Eye sensor is horrid for z tracking, and if you're not picking up your mouse ever, well....yeah, that's not good. I use and cannot find a replacement to the Steelseries Xai, pricise, no flashy lights, uncomparable control over it, -COMPLETELY- driverless, light easy glide, it's plain perfect.

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Cy-Kill

Well, the onus is now on you to prove you are -- or were -- a 'professional gamer'; plus did you even use this mouse before you commented?!

Cy-Kill

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kevaskous

Doesn't matter on the use part, the sensor doesn't change so the fact remains. The Twin eye sensor, which is used in more mice then just this one, is medicore, on it's best days. Can't change that with no matter how much flashy gimmicks or customizations you put to the shell.

 

Secondly, weight is the enemy in accuracy, more weight means more compensating for that weight during sudden stops with flick shots, you'll more often overdrag and miss by a few pixels, then hit, with a heavy mouse. And weight becomes obnoxious to anyone when lifting a mouse alot, and accuracy is a trade off of high sensitivity, while obviously too low makes you a easy target for obvious reasoning.

 

AS for the rest such as scroll feel and the like, kinda preference and remains to be seen however. On the Xai you can control every function the sensor offers. Including CPI (DPI) increments of 1, Polling rate increments of 1, Jitter control , drift correction (How much the mouse will take your small drifting from a straight line to help keep it straight). All this is done with software, or through the LCD on the bottom of the mouse, all settings are saved to the mouse, and no driver is required, the mouse retains those settings up to 5 separate profiles, even on different Os platforms.

 

Furthermore, it has massive glides, no need to explain how that helps, it is ambidextrous and is rather easy for anyone to adjust to. As i said that thing up there you call a mouse, is more like a toy then real power.  

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mesiah

Personally, no matter how good the xai is, I will never buy another steel series mouse. Maybe the xai is the exception, but steel series in the past has made horribly unreliable mice. Pop over and read some reveiws on new egg. Some of their mice, like that piece of trash WoW mouse break within weeks of owning them.

 

I'm not saying I am sold on madcatz reliability, but I definately think steel series is suspect.

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Danthrax66

I don;t understand why it matters if you lift up your mouse I never do that why do you?

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Lixdra

Although I first rolled my eyes when I saw this post, it peaked my curiosity, and I went and looked at the Xai; I'll probably get it now over the Rat 9. Thanks.

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GMoney86

Read the review before you start asking questions.  You will see that they thought the same things before they tried it out.

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Mederlock007

Oh. My. God. 

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