|Brand Name||Mad Catz|
|Item model number||MCB4370800B2/04/1|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac|
|Item Weight||1.23 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4.53 x 3.94 x 7.48 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||4.53 x 3.94 x 7.48 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
Mad Catz R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac
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- Custom Weight System
- Precision Aim Mode
- 6400 DPI and 4 Custom DPI Settings
- 5 Programmable Buttons Per Mode
- Powerful ST Programming Software
- Lightweight Metal Chassis
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Perfect your grip - How do you hunt? Whether you ‘palm’ the mouse or ‘claw’ it, the R.A.T. can quickly and easily adapt by adjusting in length to suit your hand size and grip style. In addition, the Thumb Panel of the R.A.T. 7 moves forwards, backwards, and pivots outwards, giving you perfect positioning for effortless gaming.
From the Manufacturer
Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac
Play to win with the Mad Catz R.A.T. 7. Uncompromising, unparalleled, and unmatched, the R.A.T. 7 helps you play like the pros, combining state-of-the-art technology with a jaw-dropping array of customizable features to produce the next step in the evolution of the mouse.
Perfect Your Grip
How do you hunt? Whether you 'palm' the mouse or 'claw' it, the Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 can quickly and easily adapt by adjusting in length to suit your hand size and grip style. In addition, the Thumb Panel moves forwards, backwards, and even pivots outwards to provide a comfortable platform from which all thumb buttons are easily accessible.
Lightweight Aluminum Chassis
Strong yet nimble, the solid metal frame forms the core of the Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 for enhanced rigidity.
True 6400 DPI Laser Sensor
The Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse's new-generation 'twin-eye' laser sensor reads each axis separately and tracks up to a stunning six meters per second with pinpoint accuracy. Pro gamers who prefer low sensitivity with high movement speed will always experience correct tracking and precision.
Custom Weight System
Like it light or heavy? Maybe you change the weight to suit your game? No matter, the Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 has you covered. Add or subtract up to five 6-gram weights in an instant to obtain the perfect weight for a perfect feel.
Precision Aim Mode
Hit your target the first time every time. Use the included Mad Catz software to set your desired Precision Aim speed (mouse sensitivity), then hold down the Precision Aim button to slow down mouse movement to a level that works for you. You can even use the software to assign programmable features to the Precision Aim button, and then use it to execute keyboard commands like macros and keybindings - - a deadly weapon that will hit your enemy exactly where it hurts the most.
Take Control of Your Games
With the included programming software, you can create an unlimited number of profiles. For example, create a unique profile for each game or character, or for different builds (sniper, tank, healer, and more). Within each profile, you can customize you DPI settings, set Precision Aim sensitivity, create powerful macros and set keybindings. Each profile allows for 18 user-definable commands via six programmable buttons over three modes.
18 User-definable Commands via 3 Mad Catz Modes
Toggle between three individual Mad Catz R.A.T. modes at the touch of a button. Change sensitivity or programmable button actions in an instant and gain immediate access to a mind-boggling 18 commands!
6 Programmable Buttons
Combine the programmable buttons with standard left and right mouse buttons and it all adds up to eight buttons with which you can punish your competition. Assign your choice of key gaming actions to programmable buttons to create your own custom profiles.
Customize Your DPI Settings
Four user-definable DPI settings range from 25 to 6400 and the DPI button lets you easily cycle through your custom settings.
Interchangeable Pinkie Grips and Palm Rests3 Pinkie Grips / 3 Palm Rests:
- One Pinkie Grip / One Palm Rest featuring the same soft-touch finish as found on the body of the Mad Catz R.A.T.
- One Pinkie Grip / One Palm Rest with a rubber inlay for enhanced grip
- One Pinkie Grip that offers a 'wing shaped' design, allowing you to rest your pinkie finger during play for increased grip
- One Palm Rest that is 4mm thicker to increase the height of the R.A.T.
Powerful Mad Catz Programming Software
Change your DPI, set Precision Aim cursor sensitivity, create custom profiles for each game, and assign commands to your programmable buttons and modes. Easy, quick, and the all power you need right on your computer.
Which R.A.T. Are You?
Get the R.A.T. that is right for you. The Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is available in both matte and gloss black, racing red, and white.
- Mad Catz R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse with Gold-plated USB Connector
- 5X Removable 6g Weights
- 2X Extra Palm Rests
- 2X Extra Pinkie Rests
- USB 2.0 Connectivity
- Works with 64-bit & 32-bit Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (requires Intel processor for Mac)
- Requires internet connection for driver download
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I'm picky about my mice, as I have a slight different holding position then many, and I've gone through dozens of mouse designs until I found this one. I love the low semi-flat aspect of this mouse, and the adjustable positions are gravy. the extra buttons are almost perfect for my needs, and I love the different possibilities the extra scroll provides. the software is encompassing, and flexible, if just a tad bit clunky. After my first RAT mouse that had horrible issue with laser tracking, the rest had little to no issues with this. I love this mouse in many ways, and have re-purchased it multiple times (total of 7 different times). even at that price, I love this mouse that much.
So why just 2 stars? simple. the side buttons, that I use a lot, break. And they do it very fast. they are only really a thin sheath of plastic that functions like a lever to push a toggle deeper in the side of the mouse. as they are plastic, they are prone to bending, eventually making the button depression difficult, to eventually completely breaking off. I literally have 6 other variations of this model sitting in a box in my attic, fully functional with the exception of one or both of the side buttons broken (or non functional due to bending).
My last one i purchased didn't last more then 2 months before this same scenario started up again. I simply cannot excuse the price for these mice when I have to replace them every few months because the company refuses to see a design defect in the product. they either need to make those lever style buttons on the side out of a firmer material (aluminum or some other stiff metal), or change the design completely. they simply don't work. I've had these mice last at the most a year before needing replacement...and even at that I could stomach it as I love the design of the mouse. but this last one was that "straw". 2 months...for a 75$ mouse. inconceivable.
I hope that I'll be able to find a replacement that is as comfortable as this one, but my budget simply can't risk the chance on those buttons! it's like rolling the dice with 75$ of your precious hard earned money...with no chance of winning any of it back. so in the meantime, I'm working with a gimped mouse, looking for another model that feels like this one but won't toss my money out the window a few months later.
I could only reliably use it at the lowest sensitivity, even with configuration and polling changes. I'm sure there's someone somewhere who can use the modes out of the box, or tinker with it to make it work, but honestly - it took way too long and the software wasn't reporting certain things well. Setting up keybinds was an extreme chore, with certain things (rebinding the "aim" button) relying on "press this button to mean this key", instead of straight-up mapping it to a function (it's not a "mouse button").
Almost immediately outside of the return window, the right mouse button registered multiple clicks per press. I worried about that as the clicking was extremely light to register, which isn't a good thing. Way too sensitive to pressure. Ended up with misclicks from both mouse buttons and the side buttons frequently. The drag on the mouse was also weird, left me wondering if there was a foot pad missing from the mouse. Despite all of the configuration options, it's also a bit too low for my claw-grip (I have large hands and long fingers).
I'd hoped to find something as quality as my old G5 in a modern package, but this wasn't it.
The mouse held up pretty well over the years although it did had some sensor glitches and freezes like you guys mentioned, but I had found a way to fix that problem, and that's using a alcohol soaked Qtip to clean up the sensor and let it dry.
I know this is weird, I thought it was the driver issue as well, but all you have to do is to stick that alcohol-soaked (I'm using 91% Isopropyl alcohol) cotton swab into the sensor, go as deep as you could (don't push TOO hard) and then twist the Qtip to clean the sensor itself.
If the mouse malfunction again, do the procedure above again and it will be good as new. I recon this issue is a hardware design flaw and as long as you clean it up regularly, there's absolutely no other issue or dissatisfaction during my course of using this mouse, and I'm a heavy gamer.
So yeah this concludes my review of this mouse: Great ergonomic design, great tracking, a lot of options for customization, very sturdy, but with a sensor hardware design flaw that can be easily taken cared of IF you know how to do it.
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I have left it a while before updating the original 5 star review to see how this mouse has held up. Despite my initial rating, I have got to say exactly the same issues have now appeared. It is constantly loosing tracking and freezes on the vertical or horizontal axis. As others have said a tap or in most cases a bash will kick start it again, but by this time you have missed that critical game shot or just been annihilated because of the non-responsiveness of this mouse.
Verdict: Utterly gutted as this was my third Rat mouse, totalling some £280 I have spent, with 2 now consigned to the bin, and the third one duly following it. So I have had to revise my rating from 5 to 1 star as basically the quality of the switches and the longevity of the mouse is totally unacceptable. I love the design and the interchangeability of the palm rests and weights, but after three of these, Mad Catz have now lost my support for good. I will never be able to trust another opne of their products as a result.
With this review, I want to start out on the positive, the issues and then hopefully a solution in case others have had the same problems that can occur with this mouse.
Firstly, I had spent weeks researching and looking for a mouse that is solid, comfortable and infinitely adjustable. Filtering out all the ones that didn't meet my criteria, there were about 2-3 I looked at. Having had a RAT 7 previously (issues below) I knew how much I loved the feel of this mouse and that is was very well weighted and customisable to your needs with lots of additional interchangeable finger and thumb rests etc. It can be adjusted forwards, backwards, weights added or removed and adjusted width ways etc. I haven't found any other mouse that provides this level of adjustment. So a big plus here on that. It is also very solid and has a high quality feel to it.
Previous CAT 7 issues:
This is the issue I had with my previous RAT 7, not the contagion white version that replaced it, the first being condemned to the bin after a serious ongoing disagreement! There are well-documented issues with these mice losing tracking and getting stuck on a vertical or horizontal axis on a regular basis. Some users have put this down to bad / failing sensors and others are at a loss to say. MadCatz, the manufacturers say it is down to the cleaning of the lens - which is super sensitive and does not like any foreign matter obstructing it. Although it is important to make sure the lens is regularly cleaned and unobstructed, this doesn't hold true, when actually unplugging the mouse from the USB port and re-plugging it in seems to temporarily fix the issue - again as many have reported. It got so frustrating that it became unusable - frequently freezing and stuck on the vertical axis.
Possible Fix / Solution:
It was only after my previous RAT 7 and I had parted company, that I dug deeper into the issue when researching another mouse to replace it and discovered another prime cause of this erratic behaviour - The USB ports and the Power Saving features of some PCs. Unless you bother to check - and lets face it, most of us don't for other devices, most of the power saving plans on Windows systems are set up to allow the PC to turn off USB ports to save power periodically depending on the settings you choose. To access these settings in Windows 10 (and I think Windows 7 & 8.1) you need to go to the Control Panel, Power Options, look next to the selected Power Plan you have enabled and choose 'Change Plan Settings'. In the next screen, choose 'Change Advanced Power Settings', From the Advanced Settings screen that pops up, scroll down until you find 'USB Settings'. Expand this option by clicking the '+' sign, then expand the 'USB Selective Suspend Setting' and change this to 'Disabled' and finally 'Apply' the settings and choose OK.
Prior to making this change to the power settings, this is the likely reason why unplugging and plugging in the mouse's USB connector, 'wakes up' the USB port and you are good to go for another while - until the PC suspends the ports again to save power! Repeating this process would again clear the problem. Applying this fix will stop the PC from turning off / reducing power to the mouse and should prevent this problem from reoccurring.
As soon as my new Contagion version of the RAT 7 arrived, this is the first thing I did on my PC and I have not had any issues with this problem to date. This is also why I have waited for a month to review this mouse. So I hope this may help if anyone else has had previous problems. I just wish I had found this out prior to loosing it with my old mouse - a costly and regrettable mistake!
I will edit this review in about 6 months time if needed - but I am hopeful of this fix and that this will be the end of the issue.
Overall, I am really pleased with the design and concept of this mouse and is extremely good value for the level of customisation available. There is programmable software that can be downloaded from the MadCatz website that contains many profiles for popular applications / Games. You can also customise the functions of the myriad of buttons and wheels using easy to set up macros. The DPI settings are easily accessible on the mouse, making switching very quick, depending upon the application you are using. There is also a precision aiming button for shooting games. I won't go into all the features here, as you can see these for yourself in the product description or on the MadCatz website, suffice to say it is a very well-made and solid mouse. There is also a 2 year guarantee - so that should give you peace of mind too.
The main selling point for the R.A.T range, other than it looking like the Batmobile crashed into a Countach, is that they are so adjustable. Personally, I feel that they've almost made it too adjustable, throwing more bits in the box than you really need. Each to their own there, I guess. I was more than happy to stick with the standard build and adjust them, rather than bolting on all of the other replacement parts.
I've had a bit of RSI in the past, from a mixture of working in IT and gaming, so getting a mouse to fit is a major help with that. I have big hands and most mice are too small for me and mean that my tendons are taught when I hold the mouse, rather than being loose when I naturally drop my hand on it. The advantage for me with the R.A.T is that I can extend out the back of the mouse to fit the palm of my hand, angle out the left side where my thumb sits and add weights to the thing to make it heavy. The only thing I wish it could also do is adjust the angle of the whole top of the mouse by 20 degrees, so the left is higher than the right. The hand naturally sits at an angle and having to make it flat tightens the tendons in your forearm. A number of Microsoft mice have addressed this, but sadly not here. Maybe in a future version...
As for the mouse itself, the build quality is just amazing, as you'd expect given the cost. The design is precision made. The plastic is rigid. The base on which everything is mounted is a solid lump of steel(?), as are all the various wheels, weights etc. The micro switches are incredibly precise and can be programmed for certain game functions, used to increase or reduce sensitivity or use custom templates, allowing you to use different capabilities for different games. The wheel moves incredibly smoothly and the aiming button reduces the sensitivity, making it great in an FPS.
All in all, it's a must-buy.
On first arrival, the box is solid and represents the price tag. Inside you'll find a well packaged mouse and the removable palm wrests and pinkie grips. First impressions show a well built, high quality mouse. The surface is a nice soft touch rubber coating which despite not doing anything to cover fingerprints, is pleasant to touch. Mouse buttons 1 & 2 are nicely balanced and the wheel feels robust. The two thumb buttons however feel mushy and do not offer the tactile feedback you'd expect. They are also slightly too far back - I have small hands and if this posed a problem for me, It is likely worse for those of you with normal sized hands!
Onto its selling point. The mouse offers 3 palm grips: One standard, one slightly raised and one with a grippy rubber surface. These are easily removable and slide up and down to adjust the overall length - Very nice. The thumb grip is on a hinge and can swing out to the left but doing so makes the mouse unbearably wide for small hands. The pinkie grips requre an allen key to remove but its a quick job. In stock form it is quite heavy, but there are a series of circle weights attached at the bottom - The petruding silver part you can see in the picture allows these to be removed easily and reduce the weight slightly.
Compared to every other mouse I own (alot) the R.A.T.7 is seriously wide which posed problems for me and others in my family who were interested in it from the appearance. I just simply could not find any comfort in using it compared to a true ergonomically shaped mouse.
The other, more serious problem is the sensor. The phillips twin-eye is reknowned for its z-axis issue, that is this laser is capable of tracking along 3 axis as opposed to the normal two. That means when lifted even slightly it will track in a downwards movement to the right. For those of you who owned previous Razer products, you will know what this is and how irritating it can be.
The truth is, this mouse was released in 2010 with a widely reported sub-par sensor and has not once undergone a revision to replace it. Should they decide to produce a revision with a high quality optical sensor i.e the 3090 or 3310 with no acceleration, prediction or smoothing then this mouse would propose an interesting choice for gamers with larger hands.
I have large hands so with the back fully extended my palm can comfortably rest and my fingers can click without being curled (so I can use it all day without any discomfort) - the shape looks potentially uncomfortable but with all of that adjust-ability it can fit any shape hand (you aren't in contact with any of the irregular edges)
DPI settings are brilliant and switch instantly - can be adjusted with software so you can set some more and less sensitive options (there are 4).
The quick buttons and sideways scroll are very useful - the red one on the side is perfectly placed, has ideal weighting and does have responsive feedback, same goes for the grey bar buttons (but don't bother setting any functions to the back one as you cannot reach it while in a competitive environment, but for web browsing the sizes mean that you can't accidentally go one way when you want to go the other). The functions can be changed to 1 of 3 settings stored on the mouse - changed by tapping the light to the left of the left mouse button.
The design looks amazing too
I have been using this mouse since November 2013 and its still going strong. For me it is nearly a perfect mouse or as perfect as a right handed mouse can be for a left handed person.
So in reality the side buttons are never used and only the primary 3 are (I have included wheel click as well).
So the advantages for me of this mouse are:
Fits my hand well
Heavy (I like to have a mouse that you can feel when you move it)
It needs a really good surface to work on otherwise you will get tracking problems. I use a brushed Aluminium mouse mat and this works perfectly with the mouse.
Pads on the bottom can wear out quite quickly, but can be replaced.
I had no problems installing the software onto a windows 7 64bit platform,but I rarely use it so I am not in a position to really talk about it.
era-gnomic adjust-ability (more so than the M.M.O.7)
Just the right amount of buttons
Wired (so it doesn't run out of power unlike the R.A.T.9)
Has durability issues for some people
The gloss version feels dirty quickly
No LEDs on the front (unlike the M.M.O.7)
The adjustability of this mouse has meant it has replaced my previous favourite, the naga epic, for comfort. I have also found the easily adjustable dpi and the couple of extra buttons make this my go to for shooters and most other games at the moment.
I have found that through most of its life the RAT7 performs exceptionally well, though in my own experience they do not last as long as you may want if you are a hardcore gamer. My first RAT7 died after 13 months of near daily use when the laser failed. This was replaced under warranty and now the replacement is getting to about that ago and I'm noticing occasional twitches of the mouse, so I'm expecting the laser will be failing again on me soon.
This is a real shame because I want to love this product.
I emailed there support and they said a new update will come in the future but no exact date as of yet.
To get almost full use of the mouse I downloaded a third party software called usb overdrive and can customise the buttons, except the dpi and the profile switcher.
(profile switcher through usb overdrive can be customised but i tried different commands and its always buggy/not reliable)
I did order the Mionix Naos 8200 but had to return. I much prefer the feel of this than to the Rat 7 but sadly its very laggy with OS X, even just the cursor movement.
Update: USB overdrive with the mouse not very consistent and mouse becomes very laggy. Had to return this as not usable with OS X El capitan, have gone back to my old logitech which works fine on El capitan but hoping Mad catz will release a update soon
I read up about this problem ,swapped to usb 2 port , cleaned sensor ,cleaned then after removed mouse mat and removed other and older mouse drivers.
Nothing has worked for now, which is a shame because this from what little gaming I got out of it was brill.
extra weight components can replace parts of the mouse to make it heavier and therefore tailored more to your liking. the components can have grips, logos or smooth aesthetics and even has an extra pinkie rest on the right hand side if desired! mouse wheel feels very sturdy and robust, extra button next to the main left hand side finger button also.
there is a handy little pin in the back of the mouse which can be detached or left in place which is used to screw/unscrew the other components and help customise the mouse to suit your needs.
everything about the mouse feels extremely sturdy and solid build quality. the dpi sensor is (for me personally) very strategically placed and all in all i cannot fault this mouse one iota and would definitely recommend buying this mouse hands down!
Plus you can change almost all of it - replaceable palm & thumb rest, you can tilt, stretch or rotate almost all the bits (with the help of an allen key) By the time I'd done all of that, it's the most comfy mouse I've ever owned. Definitely recommend