For the past several weeks, I've been testing the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse by using it as my primary PC mouse. While this review will dive into the specifics of what makes this mouse unique and how using it affected by day-to-day computing and gaming experience, I want start by getting straight to the point: this is one of the best gaming mice I have ever used. In fact, after testing it, I've kept it as my permanent desktop mouse, replacing the trusty Logitech G5 that has claimed the square-foot of my desk for the past three years (outlasting numerous challengers including the Microsoft Sidewinder and even Logitech's own G9 and G9x). This is no easy feat, especially for a mouse with such a unique design and unconventional feature set.
But that's a problem alleviated by the R.A.T. 7, which is the first mouse I've tested that has a modular design to accommodate your ergonomic preferences as opposed to forcing your hand to acclimate to it. The mouse features numerous swappable parts and adjustable components that change attributes including its weight, height, and grip. While the ability to tweak details like how far the thumb buttons pivot out from the mouse body may seem wonderful, in reality it's only something you'll do once or twice to find the perfect fit. So my first test was to try to adjust the mouse to mimic the feel of my beloved G5. I was only partially successful.
The third pinkie grip option is the most wild--it's a stretched out "wing" for your pinkie to rest on if you use your ring finger to grip the mouse. Again, I found this to be more comfortable for palming the mouse instead of gripping it, so I chose the textured rubber part. Swapping out the parts is done using a hex key tool that's built into the mouse-- it was very easy to unscrew it from the rear of the mouse to tinker during testing.
completely deliver on its promise to adapt to my preconceived grip preferences, it is extremely comfortable to use. My only advice is to not second guess your settings and tweak the mouse too much initial setup. Constant adjustment isn't the point of this mouse.
high DPI isn't an end-all spec that determines the quality of a mouse, but I can attest with numerous tests in StarCraft II and Team Fortress 2 that the R.A.T. 7 felt incredibly accurate and fast--I even used it to great success in my StarCraft match against Giant Bomb's Brad Shoemaker. Again, as a grip-style mouse user, I prefer small movements rather than sweeping the mouse across the mousepad, and the R.A.T. 7 let me play with high precision even at the second-highest preset. The included software lets you customize four on-the-fly DPI presets ranging from 25-5600DPI (in 25DPI increments), as well.
As I mentioned before, the R.A.T 7 is now my chosen gaming mouse, which is the highest recommendation I can give to it. The mouse does conform to your accustomed grip style, but be prepared to adapt a little bit as well. After a week, my G5 actually felt alien, it was really the sensor smoothness of the R.A.T. 7 that made a difference. The Transformers-like mechanical aesthetics won't appeal to everyone, and it's for right-handed gamers only. But its comfort, smoothness, and precision are best in class. If you're in the market for a new mouse or just haven't upgraded in years, this is a highly recommended buy.