Review: Cyborg R.A.T. 7
- — 06 July, 2012 22:00
|Name||Gaming mouse: Cyborg R.A.T. 7|
|At a glance:||Adjustable width, height and weight,Buttons can be assigned to keys,Sensitivity can be adjusted on the fly,Parts can be exchanged for maximum comfort|
|Summary:||Customise all the things!|
Not one person who looked at the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse while it was in my possession did so without making some kind of exclamation or comparison. There were expletives, comparisons to the Batmobile, and those who called it a Transformer. All of the above are good reactions - the R.A.T. 7 looks bizarre enough for profanity, resembles a Batmobile from the front, and functions like a Transformer.
Everything about the R.A.T. 7 is customisable, both inside and out. You can not only adjust it to perfectly fit your hand by changing the width and length of the mouse, but you can adjust the weight by removing or adding one of six weights. Each makes the mouse six grams heavier. You can change the panel on the right side to create a rest for your pinky finger, or swap in a textured panel so your finger won’t slip off so easily. You do all this with an Allen key, but fortunately you don’t need your own – the mouse actually has one built into the back of the device. You just have to unscrew it and you’re good to go.
Once you’ve updated the mouse’s drivers and downloaded the appropriate software – this takes about 15 minutes and requires a couple of restarts – you can set up three different modes and assign them to the mouse. In these modes, you can assign each button to a key on your keyboard. I customised Mode 1 to make third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line easier to play, by assigning the sprint and vault commands to buttons on the mouse, for example. Mode 2, on the other hand, was set up for using potions in Diablo III.
The R.A.T 7 has an adjustable DPI up to 5,600, for both extreme sensitivity and low sensitivity, depending on what you’re doing. It can be changed on the fly by flicking a switch below the scroll button up or down. There’s also a ‘precision’ button on the left side of the mouse that you can hold down with your thumb to immediately reduce the sensitivity for accurate sniping. Let the button go, and your settings return to normal.
Does all of that sound awesome? It is – this is the best (and most expensive) gaming mouse I’ve ever had the pleasure of testing, but it’s only for the most hardcore of PC FPS gamers. It’s no gutter rat, with a $199 price tag, but if you’ve already spent upwards of $5000 on a gaming rig, you’re probably not going to bat an eyelid. This gaming mouse offers pinpoint accuracy and is seriously customisable.