Online multiplayer gaming requires the utmost precision almost to the point that the cursor is where it should be before the player needs it to be. With new gaming peripherals coming out almost daily, much needs to be improved upon to warrant it taking the place of the industry’s most grounded items. While a daunting challenge, the folks over at Madcatz saw what needed improvement and brought it to the scene in a complete, easy-to-use package with the Cyborg Albino R.A.T. 7.
The appearance of the Albino R.A.T. 7 is quite striking, with a matte white finish, silver side accents and red design markings that give it a sleek, futuristic feel. The clean lines that construct that R.A.T. 7 fit perfectly into the shape of my hand. It was the most comfortable and natural feeling mouse that I have used in a very long time. Several components of the mouse are customizable allowing the user to change it to suit their needs. The thumb-grip can be adjusted to the size and curvature of the user’s hand.
There are three different pinky grips (regular, rubberized, and full rest) as well as three different palm rests (regular, raised, and rubberized) that each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. The palm rest’s length can also be adjusted to better rest in the palm of your hand, which I found to be very useful and actually made the mouse more comfortable to handle for long periods of time. These part swaps and adjustments are all made using the built-in tool that unscrews from weight housing at the rear base of the mouse.
The core components of the R.A.T.7 are what make it so unique. With 6400dpi twin lasers, each axis is tracked independently for greater precision. I found this helped decrease the amount of times that I had to calibrate the mouse to make sure that the sensors were tracking properly. In fact, I’m not sure that I even needed to do it once. In case you do need to calibrate them, there is a red button on the thumb-side of the mouse that allows for easy calibration of the sensors without getting in the way of daily use. There are four programmable DPI modes that are accessible via a button located below the click wheel for quick swapping between DPI settings.
Three different “cyborg modes” can be programmed using the included software for both Windows and Mac OS X.The software allows you to program sensitivity and other characteristics to a “cyborg mode” that allows the user to hot-swap between the two without having to leave the game, but the mouse works perfectly fine without the software.
Not only is the Cyborg Albino R.A.T. 7 one of the most advanced mouses I have ever tested, it is also the most comfortable and customizable. After using the R.A.T. 7 for the last month or so, it has become a key component of my gaming computer and I do not see it being replaced any time soon. Madcatz has made a truly incredible mouse that I expect to be the best for a long time.
A Cyborg Albino R.A.T. 7 Mouse was provided to us for review from Madcatz.