Mad Catz Rat 9 Review: Cyborg Rat stands out. It’s naked, metallic, and almost completely radical. Though most mice are one size fits all, the Rat can transform itself in according to the user’s hand. It’s got two scroll wheels and a dedicated button to lower the DPI. This is a mad catz wireless mouse as well. Whereas Razer, Microsoft and Logitech all built their premium wireless gaming mice from scratch, and with cord based charging in mind, this Mad Catz gaming mouse instead integrates a swappable battery pack and a 2.4GHz radio into the same modular design.
Mad Catz Rat 9 Specifications:
- DPI Range – 25-6400dpi (in 25dpi increments)
- Acceleration – Up to 50G
- Polling Rate – Dynamic up to 1000Hz
- Tracking Speed – Up to 6m/sec
- Slick PTFE Feet
- 4GHz Wireless Connectivity
Features of Mad Catz Rat 9:
- Multi-platform Compatible
- USB Nano Dongle for Devices without Bluetooth
- Up to 1 Year of Use from 1 AA Battery
- Usable on Virtually ANY Surface, Including Glass
- Adjustable Palm Rest
- Intuitive Drag-and-Drop Software Interface
- custom Travel Pouch Included
Design of Mad Catz Rat 9
The Rat 9 is a full on Mad Catz mouse. Its palm rest can extend by pressing a button beneath it, letting you adjust the mouse to fit the size of your hand. It also locks in to place once you stop pressing the button, making it much more secure than the other versions palm rest. It’s very angular and HI-Tech, like other Mad Catz R.A.T. mice, with stark, geometric edges interrupting the smooth mouse’s lines. Besides the two main buttons and the mouse wheel, the RAT 9 has an additional button to the left of the index finger, a large thumb button and two smaller forward/backward buttons on the thumb rest, a thumb wheel below the left mouse button, and a sensitivity toggle below the mouse wheel. All of these buttons can be configured and programmed with Mad Catz’s free PC and Mac software.
The underside of the mouse holds the laser sensor next to a small power switch. A small USB receiver sits in a spring-loaded hole when not in use, and since it’s a Game Smart Bluetooth mouse it can be used by any computer or tablet that can accept a Bluetooth pointing device without the adapter. A cylinder under the palm rest hides a compartment for one AA battery, which Mad Catz claims can run the M.O.U.S. 9 for a year. The mouse can fit in a drawstring bag that comes included, giving it extra protection if you toss it in your bag.
- O.U.S. 9 Wireless Mouse
- USB Nano Dongle
- AA Battery
- Travel Pouch
We found the RATZ 9 is comfortable to use even for people for large hands. While it lacks the four ways that switch under the thumb found on the other variants, the larger thumb button and the scroll wheel are more efficient and feel more study; the hat switch felt slightly flimsy, and it was hard to use it in a given direction instead of pushing it straight down.
While both of Mad Catz’s wireless mobile gaming mice offerings are expensive side, this mouse stands the superior model, with a larger, more functional design and a palm rest that locks into place.
- Badass Design
- High DPI sensor
- Adjustable palm rest
- Adjustable pinky rest
- Tough to keep it clean