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Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse review: looks like a Transformers

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse review: looks like a Transformers

By: Alexandra Fistic  In: Accessories and Peripherals  Updated: Dec 8, 2011

When gaming, not only the talent and the passion leads to performance, but the right gear is essential, too! That is why a look upon the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse is a must! Looking for precision, for the ultimate gaming experience, for the latest high tech output, for the best gaming mouse? Let’s see if this thing has it!

The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse provides a 5 600 DPI value and is the improved version of the R.A.T. 7 (which did provide the 5 600 dots per inch, as well). What was to be improved to the older brother? Well, the R.A.T 9 is a laser wireless pointing device (that works on rechargeable lithium batteries), while the R.AT. 7 was a wired USB powered mouse. Other than that, the producers thought that 30 grams of removable weight was not enough, so they made it 45.

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 looks amazing

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 looks amazing

In terms of design, the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse looks like just taken out of the Transformers. It gives you six programmable buttons, weight settings (although this mouse is not light at all, there are 45 grams of removable weight) and this is not all. It’s made of aluminum that shrinks and enlarges as much as you need with the special adjustable screw, providing palm, thumb and pinky rests for almost all hand sizes. This rests are removable and replaceable in case they break or get too oily from extensive use. Let’s not forget to mention on the fly DPI settings (that would be four settings) and the three custom modes selectable on the fly.

I love Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 target button

I love Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 target button

If we take it to the performance chapter, this device has customizable options for almost everything you’d like and, quite essential to say, this is a mouse for games and for games only, it’s not very suitable for extensive internet browsing (no turbo scroll or other such helpful options). It is very accurate and precise (1 ms response time, 1000 Hz pooling rate, no lag/delay issue to stress you). The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse glides very smoothly, which is a good thing.  However, when it comes to comfort, with all the effort they’ve put in, I’d go for a ‘classic’ ergonomic mouse.

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 spots an inspired industrial design

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 spots an inspired industrial design

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How does it work? Hm…like I earlier mentioned, perfect! No cord and, amazingly, no problems! But, the custom modes require the Cyborg software installed (which is not very user-friendly, it lacks in clarity, quite a bit) and the settings you choose are stored in your PC, not in the mouse.

You can get the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse for approximately 150 US dollars. All in all, it feels solid (feels like a mouse built to last), no problems with the wireless connection, it’s just a great mouse for gaming, but it doesn’t come cheap! Providing the same sensation (but wired) there’s the R.A.T 7, which is the one I’d buy, because I don’t think the wireless freedom is worth 70 dollars more! Other than that is one of the best gaming mices around.

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is a little bit expensive

Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is a little bit expensive

And this is a comprehensive 14 minutes long video review of Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse:

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Alexandra is Editor at Gadgetroad. She's an open-minded, creative and intelligent woman! She's writing about gadgets, but her interests also cover fields like Green sciences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter

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