“Why do you have a transformer on your desk?” was the typical response I received at work when they saw this mouse lying in wait next to my laptop. The Mad Catz R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Gaming mouse is the next step in the evolution of the mouse, according to Mad Catz, and having always favoured a wireless mouse to a wired one, I was willing to test it out.
The R.A.T. M has ten programmable buttons, a range of 25-6400 dpi, an adjustable palm-rest, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as and ‘Game Smart’ technology for compatibility with PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones. It also uses two triple-A batteries to power this transformer’s ‘twin-eye’ sensor, which can last up to one year.
I have never had a mouse like the R.A.T. M as I have had the same old two button and jog wheel mouse for nearly five years now. Oftentimes I have envied my friend’s mouse and how it has two thumb buttons, which he uses to navigate back and forth. So you must imagine my excitement that I now had ten buttons to play with and adjustable DPI settings to boot.
The adjustable palm rest is brilliant and I was able to quickly get the R.A.T. M to fit my hand snugly with my fingers raring to click up a storm. That was when my thumb was introduced to the R.A.T. M 5D button which allowed me to set different actions to clicking up and down, left and right, and pressing in. The insert in the packaging directed me to the Mad Catz site where a quick download later I had installed the software I needed to customize my R.A.T. M to my needs.
There were also already-made profiles available for download for games ranging from first-person shooters to RPGs and massively multiplayer online games, and even software like Photoshop. I wish my two button mouse could get an upgrade because with this R.A.T. M in hand, not only was I more productive at work, I was also taking my revenge on Zinyak in Saints Row IV with exceptional ease.
Another feature that I found very useful in games is the toggle between two DPI settings, which you set up in the software. With just a click on the button above the jog wheel you can change from your 100 DPI setting to 6400 DPI setting. Everything about the mouse was exceptional from normal Windows and application use, to long sessions of gaming – the mouse performed with precision and grace… but that’s when it was connected by the USB dongle. The Bluetooth connection, on the other hand, gave me nothing but headaches.
It was supposed to be as simple as switching my mouse ‘on,’ without even plugging in the USB (which is safely stored snugly underneath it), and then a blue light would flash meaning it’s ready to pair, but try as I might my laptop (running Windows 8) would not discover the R.A.T. M. Some research later I found out that if this occurred I needed to hold down the wing button and the 5D button until the light flashed red and then try to discover it again. Thankfully I was finally able to connect the mouse via Bluetooth.
The mouse jumped around the screen and often stopped responding when connected via Bluetooth, and after a restart for a Windows update and having to once again reset the mouse via the method described above, I tried plugging in the USB dongle again in to avoid the bitter taste of the Bluetooth experience.
The R.A.T. M is a brilliant little mouse that can expand to fit your hand and your needs with the ten programmable buttons and unlimited potential for actions assigned to any of its buttons. I loved my time with the Mad Catz R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse when it was connected via USB dongle, so if you have a USB slot to spare and need a mouse to cover all facets of your life, then this is the one for you.