The quirky, offbeat design of this mouse definitely draws your attention and, if that doesn't, its value for money will. For the price at which this mouse is offered, it is amazing value, especially considering the price of other MAD CATZ products. The recent R.A.T series of computer mice have had four editions alone, each having new features, advanced specifications and even crazier aesthetics and ergonomic designs.
You wouldn't expect this sort of design from any other normal gaming mouse. The Cyborg's unique, strange and, well, quite frankly, MAD design has personally defined my gaming dramatically. Thecrazy looking design is actually extremely comfortable and moulds well to a player's hand. As someone with larger hands myself, this is a great bonus as it makes gaming both comfortable and in tune with my reflexes.
To the left of the mouse is a small thumb rest, which may be a small perk to some, but personally I found a great addition. This made using side buttons on the mouse much easier and, with their own special button - the "Precision Aim" button, playing first-person shooters is now a blast. The mouse has an aluminium chassis and the design allows for it to be more nimble yet still rigid enough to withstand hours of gameplay.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the great perks of this mouse is its comfort. The mouse itself is adjustable to the user’s own hand size, making it perfect for those with larger or smaller hands than average. You can also extend the back end of it to become longer, which makes it more efficient when gaming. Whether you are a heavy handed or light handed gamer, this mouse can also be adjusted to different weights, with removable eights at the mouse’s base.
Almost all gaming mice that I've seen on the market have some sort of software that allow the user to program buttons to function different commands (if the buttons are programmable). MAD CATZ, however, take this one step further, using their own Smart Technology program which allows users to change the DPI on the given four DPI options scaling up to a mighty 5600 dpi.
One unique feature of note is the barrel wheel on the left side of the mouse. This has no default command and is completely programmable, leading to completely user defined, unique experience for each player. The mouse also comes with its own unique button which enables precision aim mode that allows a much neater and efficient performance when gaming.
The aforementioned "Precision Aiming" tool enhances aiming with weapons, making its practicality for FPS games essential. However, this tool can also be a brilliant method for creating images in programs such as Photoshop or InDesign due to its precision.
With the size adjustments the R.A.T 5 allows for brilliant comfort and grip when gaming or even working for long hours. The DPI switch that allows you to quickly change your game mode from lightening fast DPI is to low DPI, is smartly located and simple to use making it practical when switching game modes or displays in-game.
This is a brilliant mouse that I would highly recommend to gamers that have a large variety of games to play. It's incredibly practical and when used to its full extent it can make any gamers day one-hundred times better.
The MAD CATZ Cyborg R.A.T 5 Gaming Mouse is sold for £59.99 on its official website and, in this reviewer’s opinion, worth every penny. So if you're a big gamer and looking for an advance towards more effective gaming; this is the mouse for you.
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