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Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Callib Carver

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I’ve Got A R.A.T On My Desk, And I Like Having A Mouse Again — {Product Review}

I do a lot of writing, obviously, and I also use a lot of Adobe software, on top of the fact I’m a casual gamer. All that is fine and dandy, though the last two are a bit harder to do without a true mouse. That’s why I bought the Madcatz R.A.T 1 mouse.

I do everything on my MacBook Pro, an Early 2011 model, so it has the trackpad that clicks still. Which I’ve never had any problem with. But it makes editing photos, video, and gaming harder. I’ve learned to live with it, and even love it.

Recently though I got a chance to play a pre-alpha game, Xenosis, which you can read more about here, and it pretty much required me to play it with a mouse. So I went and bought one at Wal-Mart.

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The three main components of the R.A.T 1 include the Chassis, Sensor, and the adjustable hand rest. | Image courtesy of Madcatz

This $30 mouse, is aimed at gaming, and while this is their basic model it still had a cool look to it, feels perfect in my hand, lightweight, is extremely function, offers profiles to adjust its varied settings, which I’ll get into later, and to top that all off it’s modular. So you can actually change the physical build of the mouse. Which is great since everyone has their own unique styles, this aimed at gaming, all hands are different, and it helps make your mouse unique.

The one thing that I’ve found about my mouse, that is more of a bummer than anything else, is that the drivers that control the various profiles for the mouse, such as controlling the dpi in the mouses laser, programming one of the six buttons, or creating any of the profiles for software or games, is only available on Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. Again I’m using a MAC. That’s a bit of a bummer, yes, but if I really wanted to I know I could use the various workaround, most likely, to take advantage of this software. However, some of their other hardware does offer MAC compatible software.

Moving past that the mouse performs perfectly. I have better control over the cursor, both in my games and when using various editing software. It is supposed to perform at 1/1000th of a second, per the packaging and their website. While I haven’t tested that in a scientific manner I’d say from a laymen’s point of view it does exactly that. It does feel like it responds faster than my built-in trackpad.

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Madcatz R.A.T 1 on my desk. | Photo by Callib Carver

Let’s break down the mouse’s specifications, so you can really see what I’ve been working with for the past two weeks. As I said earlier its response time is amazing, and the timing accuracy, per Madcatz information, is 1/1000th of a second. It also has a dpi range up to 1600.

The mouse is modular, meaning you can change out the components which include the chassis, sensor, and adjustable handrest, which Madcatz offers 3D specs on so you can create and print your own version of. It also has the six programmable buttons, and the Flux interface software that allows you to create, alter, and program profiles for the whole thing. Plus a “forward” & “backward” button that houses the red LED. All of this comes in around 60 grams, without the cable, and only cost me $30 at Wal-Mart, which I’ll be honest I’ve never bought a mouse there before because I wanted something decent and that wouldn’t break on me.

Madcatz also offers some amazing mice, keyboards, controllers, and accessories with varied configurations, knobs, wheels, gears, varied rest for your fingers, fins, customizable LEDs, and a whole lot more. They do get pricey, some coming in at $200. I do like some of them, but I don’t know if I need or really want to spend $200 on a mouse, no matter what it does.

If you want a cool, lightweight, and customizable mouse the R.A.T 1, or possibly any of the R.A.T mice are an interesting option, that I personally would recommend you explore.

Have you ever used any of the Madcatz gear, if so what did you think? If not do you think you’ll try it out? Let us know in the comments below.

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About the Author

Callib Carver is the founder & editor of o7 Magazine. Having spent three years as a student journalist, focusing in photography & video, and working with several small publications, he now writes for his own publication, blog, and is an active freelancer in Washington state.


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