February 19, 2011

R.A.T 7 Review: Gods Gift to Gamers?


If you are here you are prob­a­bly won­der­ing what the hell that weird look­ing $100 mouse is that you saw at your local micro­cen­ter, Best Buy or Newegg and if it is tru­ly worth the rather steep price tag that is attached to it that my made your girl­friend ques­tion dat­ing you and you wife con­sid­er leav­ing you. 
I decid­ed to pick this mouse up after all the hype I have heard around it and the fact that every time I went to ask about it some­where it was almost always sold out.  I have been going to my local Micro­cen­ter after work for 3 weeks now try­ing to pick one up.  I final­ly man­aged to get one today and have been play­ing with it. 
After open­ing the box and play­ing with it there sev­er­al things that real­ly stand out to me.  Have you ever heard the phrase “They don’t build things like they used to?”  Well, this is how they used to build things.  This mouse is stur­dy and unlike the Raz­er Deathad­der mouse that I have that feels and looks like it is made of cheap plas­tic this thing is made of  sol­id alu­minum core and the plas­tic pieces are extreme­ly stur­dy.  I did not feel like I could break this mouse and to top it off the “click­ing” of the but­tons feels robust and respon­sive.  I actu­al­ly feel like I could drop this or even throw it at a wall and the wall would prob­a­bly take more dam­age then the mouse.  It also comes with some inter­change­able parts that can be swapped out to change the over­all feel of the mouse to suit your taste. 
One of the biggest sell­ing points of this mouse was its com­plete­ly adjustable to almost any hand con­fig­u­ra­tion.  These adver­tise­ments are not over­sold  and this mouse has more adjust­ments then a watch and it’s still styl­ish look­ing to boot.  I’ve got a odd­ly shaped hand so if I game for any extend­ed amount of time or even just doing basic office work my hand will start to hurt.  The biggest thing I liked about this mouse is that I can elon­gate it to keep my wrist off of the desk.  This keeps it from putting pres­sure on the bot­tom of my hand and pre­vents me get­ting wrist pains after about an hour.  The mouse can be short­ened, widened, elon­gat­ed, and even adjust the weight of the mouse by remov­ing the weights on the bot­tom of the mouse.  In total there are 15 dif­fer­ent adjust­ments  that can be made on the house and lit­er­al­ly hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent lay­outs you could con­fig­ure it to.  This mouse will fit near­ly any­one’s hand and be com­fort­able.  This by itself is almost a deal mak­er for me. 
Well that’s all good that the mouse looks and feels good but does it per­form?  The R.A.T 7 is a 5600 DPI mouse and it’s the smoothest game­play and per­for­mance I have ever had.  In addi­tion to that it comes with con­fig­urable soft­ware that lets you adjust it to your spe­cif­ic needs and sen­si­tiv­i­ty.  Some oth­er fea­tures i feel that need to be men­tioned is the DPI on the fly.  You can by press­ing a but­ton on top of the mouse change the DPI to 4 dif­fer­ent lev­els.  This is great if your going from using a SMG to using a sniper rifle.  It will tone down the sen­si­tiv­i­ty great­ly and give you far more con­trol over your weapons or army man­age­ment.  It also has a “Pre­ci­sion Aim” but­ton which allows you to cut the DPI by a set amount by just press­ing that but­ton.  This is great if you are cus­tomiz­ing it for a spe­cif­ic game or appli­ca­tion such as Counter-Strike, Bad Com­pa­ny 2, or Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Is this mouse worth the heavy price tag?  In my opin­ion, if you are seri­ous gamer, yes.  There are so many adjust­ments that can be made to that can improve your per­for­mance in your game big time.  In addi­tion that it actu­al­ly make it far more com­fort­able and safer to play games for extend­ed peri­ods of time.  This mouse may not be for every­one and the $100 price tag may put it out of reach for some peo­ple.  The R.A.T 7 is by the best mouse I have ever owned.  Any­one who is look­ing for a sol­id gam­ing mouse should look no fur­ther. 
*  There is also a wire­less ver­sion of this mouse but I am not a big fan of wire­less and it also car­ries a high­er price tag.   I choose not to get it. 
Here is a video of the adjust­ments:
  

8 comments

  1. Adam - February 19, 2011 9:28 pm

    All I can say is Gig­gidy, Gig­gidy Gig­gidy Goo.

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  2. T8 - February 20, 2011 12:52 am

    i thought about pick­ing one up, but i hon­est­ly dont feel like there will ever be a bet­ter mouse than the g5. Glad you liked it brad i might have to check one out for the wifey’s new rig.

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  3. =HPSF=RMP - February 23, 2011 12:14 am

    I went from a G5 to a G500 and set­tled on the RAT 5.
    I like the mouse a lot.

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  4. Jade - February 23, 2011 10:13 pm

    This looks good and all, but see­ing the video, and it’s being made by Mad­Catz is kind of a turnoff, I’ve nev­er owned any­thing by them gam­ing wise that was worth the extreme price cut it offered against OEM equip­ment.… This alone wor­ries me, but I might try a demo unit out at some point and see what it’s all about…

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  5. ScrotusKilmystr - February 24, 2011 3:45 pm

    when i was return­ing my razor mom­ba ( i am hard on stuff and this mouse was giv­ing per­for­mance issues before it broke) I was mulling over this mon­ster of a mouse I did like the look, feel and ver­si­til­i­ty it offered but I am also like Jade in that Mad­Catz just isn’t known for it’s high qual­i­ty although I may be wrong here. the com­pa­nies track record was a major fac­tor in me choos­ing the g500 over this guy and the fact that I could­n’t find the wir­less ver­sion at all my rig is for gam­ing and enter­tain­ment so I need more that a 7 foot cable the g500 works as good as the mom­ba and I have no non-responce issues any­more as well
    who knows maybe my next rig will get this Uber­Mouse!
    great arti­cle.…

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  6. ScrotusKilmystr - February 25, 2011 3:06 pm

    ahh crap! I have the g700 not the g500.… It is a pret­ty good wire­less gam­ing mouse how­ev­er

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  7. Jade - March 2, 2011 3:05 pm

    I bought the R.A.T. 7 Mouse along with a G510 Key­board, and let me tell you, on any gam­ing plat­form, I don’t think I could live with­out these 2 devices in sync.… I don’t know how I did it up to this point. The Pure cus­tomiza­tion avail­able through the soft­ware for the mul­ti push modes is absolute­ly astound­ing, pro­gress­ing through dif­fer­ent DPI modes on the fly with a sim­ple but­ton below the scroll wheel makes this mouse absolute­ly amaz­ing.

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  8. Troy - March 5, 2011 1:23 am

    Wow! This is like the Mech of all gam­ing mouse’s. Also I can’t believe the price for some­thing like that! It’s so cheap

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