Posted on December 30, 2012 AT 06:12pm
I typically do most of my gaming on a PC, but for some strange, unexplainable reason, I tend to use a controller for most PC games. The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 may change that, though. The precision this mouse offers is more than enough to satisfy even the most picky gamer, and although it has a few flaws, it is clear that you get what you pay for. The original R.A.T. 9 was released some time ago, but they recently released models with different colors. I received the white model to review.
The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is a fully wireless gaming mouse, which might not be appealing to some gamers who think that the response time is too slow without a wired connection. On the specs page, the mouse boasts a 1 ms response time, and although I didn’t go so far as to accurately measure this, I never noticed any delay in my use of the mouse. The precision can be set on a scale from 0 to 6400 DPI, so you’re bound to find a level that suits your needs. Those settings can be set either in the control software available to download or with a button between the left and right mouse buttons.
The R.A.T. 9 is also a fully programmable gaming mouse, with more options available than I could possibly ever comprehend (or use). You can use the software to create custom profiles for various games, and each profile can have different button mappings and sensitivity. Of course, having all these features in the software means that it can be somewhat confusing if you’re not familiar with this sort of hardware. It’s not easy to tell if the profile you just created is active or not.
Since we’re going with the “fully” theme for the mouse, the physical design of the R.A.T. 9 is also fully customizable. It comes with three palm rests and three pinkie grips, so there’s bound to be some combination that is comfortable for you. The palm rest is also adjustable, so you can adjust the length of the mouse to fit your hand. There’s even a palm rest that is thicker than the others to increase the height of the mouse. I found that the pinkie grip never really snapped on securely, and I could never get the thumb rest to stay in one position. I tightened all the screws, but it always felt a little loose. The palm rest was the only modular piece that seemed to fit well.
Although the color doesn’t play a huge role in how much I like the mouse, I did notice that the white R.A.T. 9 made every little speck of dirt very obvious. I’m sure that no matter the color, the mouse will collect dirt, but the white accentuates the dirt and will make you aware of how dirty your hands are. If you want to hide dirt, you should stick with a darker color.
Since it is wireless, the R.A.T. 9 uses a battery pack to supply power. However, it doesn’t take a standard AA battery. Instead, it uses a custom pack. Included with the mouse are two of these battery packs. The idea is that one pack is charging while the other is in use, so that you are never caught without a charged battery. The USB adapter has a slot to charge one battery, and it charges a fully depleted battery very quickly. Of course, the batteries also drain quickly as well. I never got a full days use out of one battery. The mouse does have an indicator for when the battery is low, so you’ll have a chance to stop what you’re doing to swap batteries.
The swapping can be somewhat problematic, though, since the placement of the battery pack on the mouse is very inconvenient. There’s no easy way to grip the battery to pull it out of the mouse, and I often found myself either moving the palm rest all the way forward or removing the palm rest entirely to pull the battery out. This task is made even more difficult by the way the battery is held in place. Once you snap it in, it takes a lot of force to remove it. If the battery life of one pack was comparable to a typical wireless mouse using a AA battery, this wouldn’t be much of an issue, but when you have to swap batteries at least once a day, it becomes a hassle.
Summary: The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is packed with programmable buttons, and the software allows you to customize every aspect of it. Even though it’s a wireless mouse, the response time is great, and the precision can go high enough to satisfy even the pickiest FPS gamer. The modular components are adjustable to fit hands of all shapes and sizes, and it’s comfortable for long gaming sessions. The battery packs don’t last very long, however, and can be a pain to swap. Overall, though, this is a great mouse to use if you don’t mind paying as much as you did for your monitor.
- THE GOOD: Comfortable, programmable, and sensitive. This mouse would be the perfect lover.
- THE BAD: Some of the modular components don’t fasten on as securely as I’d like.
- THE UGLY: Batteries don’t last long and are a pain to remove from the mouse.
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