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  • MadCatz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Mouse - by Michael M. (no-control)

    As a good portion of my life was spent using CAD programs, I’m a really big on ergonomics. I believe investing in proper equipment is key, even if it comes out of your own pocket. It provides you the ability to perform your work in comfort and a comfortable worker fatigues less and has less health problems. Therefore increasing productivity. This rule also applies to gaming or web surfing. Its no fun to have some carpal tunnel flair up 15 minutes into an intense frag session or MMO grinding.

     

    That being said I had been awaiting this mouse with baited breath, ever since I first saw it. While in the past I haven’t been too impressed with other products from MadCatz, I’m always open minded when new hardware is released. Sometimes companies can get it right the first time.

     

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    The Extras

    Aside from the mouse itself, we have the software, marketing propaganda, and a nice tin that contains all of the interchangeable goodies.

     

    From Left to right we have a monster pinky grip, a rubber pinky grip, cylinder to hold the weights, the medium palm rest with rubber coating, and finally the tall palm rest. More on these later.

     

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    Mouse Overview

    The mouse is an aluminum frame, with a central core, that houses the laser, left & right mouse buttons, profile switch and DPI adjustment rocker button which is attached to the frame. The vertical scroll wheel/middle button is held in a “captive” style. The horizontal scroll wheel is attached to the backside of the button/laser assembly. It also has a post in the center of the body that allows the addition of donut weights to add some heft to the mouse. MadCatz has also integrated the hex adjustment tool to attach to the mouse.

     

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    The Left (thumb) side is also attached to the frame as a separate assembly. It contains 3 buttons Forward, Back & “Snipe” This thumb piece is adjustable in both the  X-Axis and Y-Axis.

     

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    Next is the palm rest. This is also adjustable in the Y-Axis, and by replacing it with other included palm rest you can adjust the Z-Axis as well.

     

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    Finally is the Right (Pinky) side and has interchangeable grips included and are removed via a single screw. Other than the interchangeable grips there is no X, Y or Z Axis adjustment.

     

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    First Impressions

    If you’re used to cheap wired mice the first thing you’ll notice wrapping your paw on this mouse is that its not light. Even when I stripped it bare of any weights it still had some heft to it. While nice since it feels solid and quality, it will feel heavy if your not expecting it. The buttons have a nice light snap to them and are very responsive. The wheel has a nice indented click while scrolling and clicks are solid. The odd horizontal scroll is actually in a nice location there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t. Something I loath on tilt wheel mice. Once you spend a bit of time getting some initial adjustment down the thumb buttons are all reachable and intuitive. I do wish the adjustment was a bit more centered or better range. It seems to go from medium sizes hands to giant gorilla mitts. Not a strong point of you have smaller hands. My wife had to really stretch her thumb to use the forward button and the snipe button required awkward wrist rotation to reach. Mouse feet are very slick, a bit much actually. Maybe once they break in to my pad it will grab a bit more. Overall glide is nice and smooth even when fully weighted. The mouse has the same rubberized coating found most higher end gaming peripherals. Nice soft feel good grip, even if your hands sweats profusely during the massive smack down session you’re handing out. If you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum and are cool as ice while playing, the surface has a bit of slip to it. Luckily the rodent can be fitted with a more grippy crosshatched rubber material. The twin laser is sensitive and tracks excellent and moving from one profile and/or DPI setting was fluid and flawless.

     

    Using it for the first time took me a little getting used to. I’m coming from a solid year of Logitech G9x use. The L&R buttons were a little more sensitive than I prefer and being SO ergonomic required constant fiddling and minor adjustments which is both a positive and a negative. Part of this is due to my hand’s memory, and wanting the feel of the G9, but after a few hours of use and more minor tweaking both hardware adjustments and software settings. I finally found something that didn’t feel alien in my hand. In game was very nice for most games, FPS games the quick movements were precise, but the slower movements required for tracking targets were a bit more elusive. More tweaking and time may fix this.

    2 Week Impression

    After spending 2 weeks of Gaming, Blogging, & CAD work. The little critter has grown on me. It has fantastic feel and weight. The software is a little “meh” but it works well enough. Tracking precision isn’t quite as good as the Logitech G9x I use as a zero point reference. It took quite a bit of time to get this mouse where I wanted it, both in hand feel and pointer sensitivity adjustment.

    Conclusion

    Overall I would say this is a strong contender for a high end mouse. The ergonomics are almost infinite in range of adjustment. The style is very Industrial and Tech looking, a positive in my book. The tracking while not as stellar as the G9x is very very close. It’s a bit on the portly side but stripped down it isn’t much heavier than larger gaming mice like the Sidewinder from Microsoft or a medium weighted G series from Logitech. the feet glide very well on an XTrac Ripper pad not too slick and just enough “grab” or “bite” especially once you add a bit of weight. The software leaves a bit to be desired and could use some improvement. I think MadCatz turned out a very good Freshman effort. If you in the market for a high end mouse I strongly recommend you give this one some serious consideration.

    ….and yes I stole the title from The Princess Bride:

    Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?

    Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.
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