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03-03-2015


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Gaming manipulator: Mad Catz R.A.T. TE: review and testing

Modern gaming community is made up of quite disparate people who differently treat to their favorite hobby. Some users pay virtual entertainment just a few hours a week and are almost indifferent to the question: where, how and what to play. At the same time, another category of gamers focuses on results and is quite sensitive about the selection of computer peripherals. And company Mad Catz produces high quality gaming devices and accessories for the lat category during long period of time.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

In this article we’ll look at the bright and very unusual representative of the popular lineup of "desktop rodent" – gaming manipulator Mad Catz R.A.T. TE. In addition to the stunning design and good functionality, the product has some surprises that we will try to find out in our review.

The specs:

Producer 

Mad Catz

Model

R.A.T. TE (Tournament Edition)

Interface

USB

Connection

wire

Sampling rate, Hz

1000

Sensor type

laser (Philips Twin-Eye Laser)

Resolution, dpi

100 – 8200

Peak acceleration, G

50

Internal memory capacity, KB

128

Max speed, in/s (m/s)

 

240 (6,0)

Start high, mm

0,2 – 1

Quantity of buttons/ programmable actions

8 + 1 (button-scroll wheel) / 9

Base type

Plastic / Teflon

Button life time (left/right), M of presses  

5

Cable length, m

1,8

Additional capabilities

Removable panel at the top of the case to change the value of the grip; braided cable and gold-plated USB-plug; buttons to quickly change the resolution of the sensor and user profiles; software and hardware setup mode (up to 3 profiles); 9 programmable buttons; Omron switches

Color

Black with blue inserts

Dimensions, mm

110-125 х 75 х 38

Weight, g

90

Software

+

OS

Windows ХP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1

Mac OS X 10.7 and next

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Producer website

Product page

Package and content

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

Gaming mouse Mad Catz R.A.T. TE comes in the original box of very unusual shape. It is made of medium density cardboard and is almost completely colored into comfort snow-white color. The box is hidden under a special cover, which differs by quality and fairly informative graphic arts industry. Traditionally for the company Mad Catz here you can find the necessary amount of useful technical information provided in several languages.

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The front side of the box has several sloping faces that remind aircraft-grade aluminum ingot in terms of shapes and colors. This design looks pretty interesting and unusual, attracting the attention of the buyer at the stage of visual familiarity with the device. The back side of the package contains visual information (in the form of small pictures with footnotes) about the main advantages of the device, while its side face contains summary table of all the technical characteristics of the mouse.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

Inside the box you can find a special curly insertion of a thin soft cardboard. It allows you to place a gadget very reliable, without fearing for their safety during transportation.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

Supplied set Mad Catz R.A.T. TE contains quite a standard set of elements. In addition to branded labels, it includes a quick start guide and warranty card. All available software and drivers needed for a comfortable and hassle-free operation of the manipulator can be downloaded from the official website of the manufacturer.

Design and elements layout

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

To say that the appearance of a gaming mouse Mad Catz R.A.T. TE is surprising means the same as throw huge rock in the garden of the Californian designers. New product instantly attracts the attention of even the most experienced computer geek, not to mention the average user who is used to the gray and monotonous office input devices.

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The abundance of cut faces, floating in the air case elements, as well as colorful inlays of blue plastic strongly resembles the silhouette of a futuristic spaceship from sci-fi saga. In addition, fans of the popular trilogy, Mass Effect can find small visual similarity with the legendary rover «Mako», which ranged the desert planet under the control of Commander Shepard.

The users which well known the production of company Mad Catz may have noticed that the new product is the ideological continuation of the lineup of the famous game controllers Mad Catz R.A.T. Gaming Mouse, but unlike their more famous counterparts, it is characterized by a more affordable price, a little different body material and coloring. There are 4 models made in matte black, white, black, red, black and blue-black colors, so every user can easily pick up the device for own taste. Also, the new product doesn’t have LED illumination. Instead there is a DPI indicator profile switching button.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

The heart of the mouse Mad Catz R.A.T. TE is durable high quality plastic. In addition to good rigidity, it gives the device palpable ease and at the same time has pleasant tactile sensations. The gadget can boast of quite modest dimensions (110 x 75 x 38 mm) and very low weight (90 g).

Despite the external futurism, mouse perfectly fits in the hand and it is not difficult to use it even for a long time. It's safe to say that not only designers had worked over the ergonomics of the device, but also experts in the field of orthopedics.

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The main feature of the upper part of the test device is sliding panel that allows you to change the value of the gadget (up to 15 mm in steps of 5 mm) for a more comfortable and confident grip. As the two main mouse buttons, it is made of matte black plastic, which has a pleasant soft-touch coating. Unfortunately, this surface is fairly easily soiled and quickly collects fingerprints, but, fortunately it is well cleaned without much physical effort and time.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

In addition to the two traditional buttons with a slightly curved shape for easy placement of the fingers, rubberized scroll wheel and button to switch sensor resolution, there is a special function key «Mode», which allows to change the programmed operating profiles previously stored in the memory.

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Sidewalls of the manipulator are also made of soft-touch plastic. They differ by slightly curved shape and the presence of a stylish glossy inserts. If desired, they can be replaced by unscrewing one bolt fastening on each side.

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Right sidewall contains two separate programmable buttons and a special key «Precision Aim», while the left side plate doesn’t have any design features.

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Front and rear sides also do not bear the critical technical elements, but can boast a very interesting design.

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Special attention is given to USB-cable with length of 1.8 m, which runs through the whole body of the device and has a nice blue color. Outside the body the cable has a soft nylon braid with gold-plated plug USB 2.0.

Mad Catz R.A.T. TE

The lower part of Mad Catz R.A.T. TE is made of a pleasant-looking translucent plastic. It is characterized by a slightly rough texture and good wear resistance. In the center there is a round hole of the laser sensor, and several small Teflon legs. They provide a fairly rapid and precise sliding the mouse on almost any surface.

The build quality of the gadget doesn’t have any comments. Despite the large number of parts and components, the overall stiffness of the device is at a high level and does not cause any complaints. You won’t find the slightest backlash or gaps, except provided by construction. You can only pay attention to barely noticeable creaking near the left panel. However, it is likely that this feature is only present in our test sample.


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