If you will recall, we rather like the R.A.T. line of mice here at Maximum PC. In our recent Dream Machine 2011 build, we used the wireless R.A.T. 9, and the R.A.T. 7 is the only mouse that’s ever received a 10 Kick Ass verdict in the pages of the magazine. From what we’ve heard since then, we didn’t make a mistake with that review—some people snark about the R.A.T.’s over-the-top futuristic design, but nearly everyone who’s actually gamed with one loves it. In fact, when we ran our “Best PC Part I Ever Spent My Hard-Earned Cash On” contest last week, no other piece of hardware got anywhere near as many mentions as the R.A.T., which was featured in 7 entries.
So we were pretty psyched to get our hands on the new version of the R.A.T 7: the Albino. It’s got an enhanced sensor (up to 6,400 DPI, although we’re starting to wonder what sort of person actually needs that much sensitivity), but the real star of the show is the new matte white finish. We’ve taken some pictures so you can see for yourselves, but they don’t really do it justice—every person we’ve showed the mouse to so far has agreed that it’s a very cool look.
Expect a full review of the updated R.A.T. in an upcoming issue of Maximum PC, but for now check out our photos and the official press release below.
The Maximum PC editors are back from the long July 4th weekend, and using our somehow-still-intact fingers to upload another episode of the No BS Podcast. This week, Gordon, Nathan, Alex and Andy debate the iPhone 4, giant hard drives, and Mad Catz' crazy R.A.T. gaming mouse. Gordon unlocks the level 3 rage perk, and tells what he thinks of the latest fad in games.
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These new R.A.T.s look a bit like something out of Battlestar Galactica. They are sleek and black, and at the high end allow for complete optimization for “the key points of contact between the gamer’s hand and the mouse.” You may not aim your weapon any better, but at least you’ll die with a comfortable grip on your mouse.
There are four versions of the Cyborg R.A.T. available. They range from the 3200 dpi laser, USB powered Cyborg R.A.T. 3, with a MSRP of $49.99, to the 5600 dpi laser, fully adjustable, programmable, and wireless (complete with rechargeable batteries), Cyborg R.A.T. 9, with an MSRP of $129.99.
Mad Catz says these Cyborg R.A.T.s will be available this spring.