Being the proud owner of a Cyborg R.A.T 9 wireless gaming mouse, I was very keen to get my grubby little paws on the new M.O.U.S. 9 to check out the differences if any, and this is what I have found so far:
The unboxing begins!
First impressions of the Mad Catz M.O.U.S. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
If you have never used a Cyborg or Mad Cats device before, the first thing that really grabs your attention is the uniqueness of its look and ergonomics. You could say that the design & aesthetics is a little ostentatious but if you are a true gamer and like all things geek, the very look of this beast would be enough to warrant it taking up that coveted and special place on your desk.
Say what you want, this is one sexy beast!
By far the most striking difference between this new entry and all of its predecessors is the new Bluetooth 4.0 technology with a laser that decreases the drain on the battery life. While the R.A.T 9 came with 2 hot-swappable batteries with a charger placed conveniently in the wireless receiver, the new additions come with tiny little USB receiver that hides itself neatly in a little stow-away compartment under the mouse itself so that you don’t lose it when mobile and a stock standard AAA battery that will apparently work at full capacity for approximately one full year. It is still to be determined if this is a full year in stand-by a full year of actual usage. Time will tell.
The clever and discreetly hidden USB dongle
Some Tech Talk for the Mad Catz M.O.U.S. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
If like me you are a previous R.A.T user, don’t be fooled into thinking these are the same rodents. While the R.A.T boasted an adjustable sensor reaching up to the 6 400 DPI mark along with removable weights and programmable commands, this M.O.U.S has a fixed 990 DPI laser that is not all that bad or high up on the tech scale of things, but it can track on glass unlike most of the mice available today.
On Glass you Say?
Yip, just about any flat surface will suffice to track accurate movements of this M.O.U.S. I have tested it on glass, raw wood, magazine covers and even the couch with little to no degradation whatsoever.
Software for the Mad Catz M.O.U.S. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
If you only use the mouse with its default buttons in a generic non-gamer kind of way, you don’t need to bother with any software, simply plug it in & it will work like a charm, If you like most of us have an innate desire and need to customise layouts, then you may enjoy the downloadable software that is available. With very simple drag and drop functionality it makes customising this puppy as simple as child’s play. No really it does, look:
Drag & Drop
The software in question may not have all of the functionality with regard to creating custom macros with time delays, but one of the let downs of the R.A.T.9 in my books was the clunky and cumbersome software that came along with it. The developers behind this new software have clearly been on usability courses since their last installment hit the shelves and the remarkable improvements show so good on you code monkeys, you have earned your place in the spotlight this time around!
Tactile quality of the Mad Catz M.O.U.S. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
Aside from the cool, high-tech, transformer like appearance of the stuff that these guys are producing, one of the factors that really set the R.A.T. range rise above its competitors is the extremely high tactile quality of these mice. The M.O.U.S. range does not immediately earn that accolade. Now maybe this is just me being a little pedantic, but it just does not feel as if they are in the same standard. Most the stainless steel has been stripped away and replaced with a light plastic that does not give it the same feel and gone is most of the customisation.
The R.A.T 9 with its customisable options that I keep referring to
Price Point for the Mad Catz M.O.U.S. 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse
The problem that is staring me in the face right now is that I don’t know where to slot this mouse in the bigger picture of the gaming peripheral market. As these puppies are brand new, there is no recommended retail price and as of yet there are no local links that I can send you to should you wish to buy it. It also makes it very difficult for me to reach a conclusion.
My gut feel is that this would be a great buy as an all-purpose mouse, specifically for desktop applications and backing up as a gaming mouse when needed, but I cannot say that with much confidence without knowing what the price will be. This “should” come in at a much lower rate than the R.A.T range, but if it is going to retail close to the R.A.T prices, I would stay with the older versions.
Updates to this article are reserved and we will re-visit this again when the mice hit the shelves in the next coming month or two.
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