The two wheels on the mouse and accurate with a good “notchiness” to them. I never found a real use for the thumbwheel in the games I played but it does feel very solid.
The sensitivity rocker and profile buttons are where the real magic happens. I’ve used sensitivity switches on other mice but the one on the RAT 9 is the best implementation I’ve seen. Not only is the idea of using a rocker switch a great one the placement of the switch (just below the scroll wheel) allows you to change the sensitivity without having to hunt for the button.
The profile button is also another fantastic idea although it requires you to install the Cyborg software to use properly. Using the software you can create and store three profiles in the mouse and then use the profile button to change between the profiles. There are a myriad of things you can create in the profiles such as changing the assignment of the buttons or creating macros or key press sequences for certain games and once you have one saved you can just push it over to the mouse. Changing between profiles is just a matter of pushing the profile button and you’re good to go.
If you’re worried about accidentally changing profiles while playing you don’t have to worry as the button is out of the way and rigid enough that you’re not going to accidentally switch to your Starcraft II profile while playing Battlefield:Bad Company 2. I tried a couple of times to hit the button and it is nearly impossible to switch profiles without taking your hand off the mouse and pushing the button.
The mouse is hampered by a few interesting decisions. Depending on how you’ve configured the palm rest, getting the battery our of the thing can be difficult as it’s tucked in underneath the right side of the mouse. The battery is a long square box and I had trouble getting old battery out cleanly. Battery life is in the five to six hour range so if you’re going to be playing for longer periods of time you’ll want to plan ahead.
To be honest I’ve never got completely comfortable with the mouse but I feel like I’m getting there. I chalk most of that up to spending the last four plus years using the same Logitech mouse shape. For me it is mostly an issue of not getting enough support underneath my palm to rest it completely while using the mouse which creates some strain on my tendinitis ravaged wrists.
The Cyborg RAT 9 Gaming Mouse is an interesting value proposition as purchasing one is going to set you back around $100-$120 depending on where you shop. If you want a high end wireless gaming mouse this isn’t that bad of a deal. Of course you could save yourself about $20-$30 for the wired RAT 7 and still get all the great features plus the l33tness of saying your skills demand a hard wired mouse. Either way you’re getting one of the more unique gaming mice on the market.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
While a bit on the expensive side it's a solid mouse that deserves your attention. Hard core gamers might want to elect for the wired RAT 7 but this mouse still deserves your attention.
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