MAD CATZ R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Mouse Review
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.
Mad Catz arguably changed the gaming mouse market when they released their R.A.T. into the wild. With an unusual appearance and a previously unapproachable level of customization, the subsequent R.A.T. series of mice went on to win multiple awards and generate a lot of interest. In this article Benchmark Reviews takes a closer look at MAD CATZ R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse. Does this rodent have what it takes to back up its heritage?
From the beginning, one of the features lauded by users was the extensive amount of customization offered by the R.A.T. series. While a moveable palm rest still makes an appearance, the only other choices you get with the R.A.T. M are the various colors offered: Gloss Black, Red, White, and Matte Black. There aren’t many dedicated mobile gaming peripherals on the market, so let’s take a look and see what the R.A.T. M offers.
The R.A.T. M is a result of a new category of devices launched by Mad Catz, the “GameSmart” series. Primarily designed for mobile gaming, this product line currently contains the R.AT. M, M.O.U.S. 9, C.T.RL. R, and F.R.E.Q. M. From the GameSmart Technology website:
“Designed to work seamlessly and wirelessly with a wide array of devices and platforms, GameSmart technology is the next generation for gamers wanting controller- and console-like accessory functionality for their tablets and mobile/smart devices.”
R.A.T. M Features
GameSmart Multi-platform Compatible via Bluetooth Smart Technology
Bluetooth Smart, featuring Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE), is a new, power-efficient version of Bluetooth wireless technology, already integrated into many modern computing devices. When paired with a Bluetooth Smart-compatible device, setup for the R.A.T. M is ultra-quick and very easy. Seamlessly connect to PCs, Macs, tablets, smartphones and laptops in a matter of minutes.
USB Nano Dongle for Devices without Bluetooth
No Bluetooth in your device? No problem! Just use the included USB nano dongle – which is conveniently stored within the underside of the R.A.T. M – and get connected. Its minute size won’t add any bulk to your device, and it’s nearly invisible once installed.
Up to 1 Year of Use from 2 AAA Batteries
Thanks to integrated Bluetooth Smart technology and a power-efficient, ‘twin-eye’ sensor, the R.A.T. M is a champion of power conservation. The included AAA batteries provide up to one year’s worth of energy, more than twice that of the previous generation of Bluetooth mice.
Powerful GameSmart Technology
Products featuring GameSmart technology operate seamlessly with a variety of different mobile devices. GameSmart enables near-universal compatibility for PCs and Macs, as well as the latest generation of tablets such as the Microsoft Surface. By utilizing Bluetooth Smart, GameSmart wireless devices also feature simplified setup and extended battery life.
When one product functions with a multitude of devices, you’ll find comfort in knowing that a new device won’t require yet another purchase. Whether gaming on your laptop, creating spreadsheets on your desktop, or editing photos on your tablet, the R.A.T. M is your go-to mouse.
Perfect Your Grip
To improve comfort and provide a custom fit, the palm rest on the R.A.T. M adapts to your hand. Easily adjust the overall length to suit your grip style; four different settings range from 0-15mm in 5mm increments.
True 6400 DPI Laser Sensor with 2 Custom Settings
The Mad Catz R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse’s power-efficient, ‘twin-eye’ laser sensor reads each axis separately and tracks up to a stunning 6 meters per second with pinpoint accuracy. Pro-gamers who prefer low sensitivity with high movement speed will always experience correct tracking and precision. Two user-definable DPI settings range from 25 to 6400 and the DPI button lets you easily cycle through custom settings.
Unique 5D Button Enables 5 Commands with a Single Control
Use the 5D Button to click up and down, left and right, and press in. Gain the competitive advantage by always knowing exactly where each and every mouse button resides – without the hassles of training aids or the need to actually look at the mouse to locate a feature. Perfect positioning under your thumb provides lightning-fast access to your most important gaming commands.
Custom Travel Pouch Included
When the need for a great mouse finds you on the road, the included travel pouch provides convenient storage while helping to protect your device from the elements.
R.A.T. M Specifications
DPI range – 25-6400dpi (in 25dpi steps)
Acceleration – 50G
Polling Rate – 120Hz
Tracking Speed – Up to 6 m/sec
Programmable Buttons – 10 (With 5D button)
Connectivity – USB Nano Dongle
Wireless Range – Up to 33ft / 10m
Power – 2X AAA Battery (included)
Compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready Devices
Features and specifications taken from the manufacturer’s product page.