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I think most would agree, when it comes to rodents, the cute fluffy kind are much preferred than the bit fat wiry whiskered grey kind. Such is what gaming peripheral purveyor Madcatz has newly forged. The MadCatz R.A.T.m mouse is built from a mold nearly identical to the one used in the now legendary R.A.T. 7 gaming rodent. Yet this time, things come in a much smaller stature. So keep reading to learn about this and some of the other best gaming mouse you can buy today.
Designed for mobility, the MadCatz R.A.T.m is a tiny thing. Yet it’s got the DNA of its forebears in its looks and performance. Firstly, the R.A.T.m works wireless via Bluetooth. Don’t sweat it if your system doesn’t have baked-in Bluetooth support. The R.A.T.m comes with a tiny USB Nano Dongle Bluetooth receiver that can be tucked within the mouse when you’re on the go. The kit also comes with a pair of AAA batteries, a carrying pouch, an instruction manual, and some stickers. This new line of GameSmart peripherals is crafted to work with a host of Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and crossbreeds in between.
Remove the USB Bluetooth dongle from within the mouse and place it in an available USB port on your laptop or desktop computer. Windows will install the drivers, and the mouse will auto-pair for immediate use. The R.A.T.m doesn’t offer as many comfort adjustment options as its big bro. But you can move the palm rest back 2-3 inches, so large hands fit more comfortably.
Just like the Tt eSports Volos, there are 10 programmable profiles, which includes the 4-way HAT switch style thumb switch. So MMO and general RPG games have much to tweak. The programming software is simple and fair but is downloadable from the company website and not included with the main kit. It’s a keen utility set that uses a drag-and-drop system for assigning button functions. There’s even support for Windows 8 charms and other customizable features from the new Windows OS.
For a gaming mouse of such a reduced size (like the SteelSeries Sensei), I was blown away by the comfort. I wouldn’t suggest it as a gaming mainstay. But it gets the job done nicely for gaming on the go, minus a few interference hiccups resulting in brief moments of lag. It also makes a great casual gaming device to compliment a home theater or mini PC setup, which seems to be all the rage. The main R.A.T. 9 comes with removable palm wrest for different heights. I would like to see something similar included here. Also, the glossy finish is a bit too slippery for a mouse so small. You want every bit of grip and traction you can muster with this one. If you need a larger mouse with a good grip, then you’ll MadCatz M.O.U.S. 9 GameSmart Mouse review.
But this is a damn good-looking mouse that performs as you may expect. The sensor used is the Twin Eye 6400dpi sensor. It’s one of the better offerings from Twin Eye, which are not necessarily my favorite–sometimes plagued with slowed response times. But this version is power-efficient. A pair of AAA batteries are said to last 1-year. I say. Of course, the fine print admittedly says this is based on usage. Still, the Twin Eye seems to function sufficiently for casual on-the-go gaming. I can play Borderlands 2, FireFall, and Warframe just fine. But Counter-Strike: GO, CoD: Black Ops 2, and Battlefield 3 are more punishing to the player with poor precision. So take heed.
Bottom Line: The R.A.T.m is one the best wireless mobile mice I’ve tested. It was supposed to do quite well with multiple comfort options, 10 programmable buttons a competent and power-efficient laser sensor. It needs texture, and we could get a rechargeable stand with an optional tethering option and dual sensor function, so we didn’t have to rely on Twin Eye ALL the time. Then MadCatz would have the best wireless gaming mouse the world has ever known. Alas…
You can buy the R.A.T.m GameSmart gaming mouse is available at Amazon for $122.83.