by Jamie Fletcher on February 16, 2011 in Peripherals
For the gamer looking to find a great mouse, the choices are limitless. But how often does one “feel” perfect? To cater to gamers who don’t mind taking time to customize a mouse to a huge degree, Mad Catz delivers its R.A.T. series. With full ability to customize both the body and software, R.A.T. could be perfect for everyone.
The R.A.T. 7 has quite the list of parts and alterations that can be made and I
wouldn’t be too surprised if more were made available in the future. There are 3 palm rests, 3 pinky (little finger) rests/grips, interchangeable weights, and the thumb rest can be pulled out and moved backwards and forwards via a screw.
For the most part, I’ll let the pictures do all the talking as there are lots of configurations available.
First off, let’s strip the mouse down to it’s core. The pinky and palm rest have been removed, along with extending out the thumb rest. Several notches are exposed, but these are however, purely decorative. The palm slides over the top of this rail and is held in place via a small spring-loaded latch on the underside of each palm rest. Pushing it in pulls out the locking pin allowing the rest to move around. The pinky rest is held in via a screw, which can be undone with the included Allen key (placed inside the weight compartment).
Replace the palm and pinky rests and you end up with a very different mouse. Though the palm rest in this picture looks the same as the default, it’s actually an extended height rest, lifting your hand up.
The little finger support actually changes the overall profile of the mouse and gives your finger something to both rest and tug on – definitely one of my personal favorite adjustments to the mouse.
With all the parts out on show, it’s quite the collection. The palm rests included are 2 slightly rubberized, smooth rests, each with a different height, and the 3rd is a soft, textured, low height grip. The little finger supports include the standard smooth surface and a rubber textured grip; both are the low profile type and don’t stick out. The third rest is a smooth – extended grip.
To keep the spares safe, a rather large and well padded box is provided. I would of taken a picture of the case lid but due to the glossy nature and overpowering flash on the camera, it’s a white wash. The tin is just that really, a tin, with a small cyborg logo on the top. The whole thing has a thin plastic coating to protect it.
On the underside of the mouse, we can see the solid metal construction, laser sensor and weight compartment.
The weights are held in place with a spring and screw, with any excess weights stored in the small plastic cartridge. This is also where the Allen key is stored, used to make all the little adjustments over the mouse.
On the next page, we’ll be taking a closer look at the buttons and sensor.