I’ve been hesitant to enter the world of gaming mice for a while now. It’s not because they’re stupidly over-priced, or something that you purchase to show loyalty to a brand that doesn’t care about you. It’s because I’ve been using Logitech trackball mice since 2004, and have never had an issue with them. However, after waiting almost 10 years for a real gaming trackball mouse to come into existence, I’ve decided to go with the flow and try a normal mouse for the first time in my adult life. Which one did I choose? The Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 of course.
Slick Design - There’s literally hundreds of mice in the world that claim they’re more of a gaming mouse than the next. It’s a competitive and lucrative market with lots of money to be made. That being said, I have to give Mad Catz credit for actually trying to make a mouse that looks different from the armies of other mice that look exactly the same. It has a very sharp design going for it that goes for a bit of an “I’m a transformer pretending to be a mouse” look. Honestly, I like it. The design doesn’t get in the way, and it definitely stands out.
Programming Software - Something I find pretty cool is that the R.A.T. line of mice have a unique program that you can download for them that allows for full user customization. Anything from mouse sensitivity, to three different button configurations can be programmed, allowing players to switch from a MOBA layout to an FPS layout with just the click of a button. My personal favorite is a button on the side that lets you drop mouse sensitivity for precision shots.
Comfortable Design - For someone who’s been spoiled by trackball mice for the last couple of years, personal comfort is a big thing. Admittedly, the R.A.T. 7 took a bit of time to get used to, but I’m actually pretty happy with it. The buttons have enough weight to them that I can rest my fingers on them without accidentally clicking, and there’s even a small deck for my thumb to chill out. It actually has a very intuitive design for one’s hand.
Good for Big Hands - Speaking of intuitive designs, Mad Catz has hit on something that I haven’t seen in a while. You see, while I may not have the freakishly largest hands on the planet, my hands haven’t been comfortable holding a controller since they stopped selling the original Xbox controllers. Luckily, the R.A.T. 7 has the ability to increase its size to allow freaks like me to play games more comfortably. It’s not a huge thing, but I definitely appreciate it over some of those tiny baby mice.
Steep Price - I’m not actually in love with the gaming peripherals market because it’s too overpriced. No matter who you say is “your brand”, chances are, unless they’re Logitech, you’re going to be paying an exuberant amount of money. This is a simple truth when purchasing gaming gear from anyone.
The R.A.T. 7 sits at $100 if you’re not lucky enough to get it on clearance at your local retailer. While I can justify some of this price, at the end of the day, it’s a brand purchase. You’re going to purchase this mouse for two reasons. It looks like Optimus Prime and a speeder bike had a baby, and it’s a Mad Catz product. Do I think that the R.A.T. 7 is the best mouse for the price you’re going to pay? I absolutely do. However, it’s still $100, and that’s a pretty steep price tag no matter how you look at it.
Ultimately, it comes down to whether or not you want to drop $100 for a gaming mouse. I firmly believe that the R.A.T. 7 is the best gaming mouse for your buck, but I also recognize that not everyone wants to spend that much. For those of you who simply want a mouse that will work really well, there are plenty out there that you can get for less than $30. However, if you’re in the mindset to buy an expensive gaming mouse because it’s cool, buy the R.A.T. 7. It is simply the best.