Introduction, Design Features
Mad Catz has prolonged struck us as one of a some-more courteous developers and manufacturers in a mechanism peripherals industry. While it’s loyal that many of a mice give a clarity that they’re all about peep and style, a association also pursues a idea of earthy customization, tailoring a older-model R.A.T. and newer-model RAT lines to any user’s palm and needs. This is frequency customary in a business that favors a one-size-fits-all approach.
The RAT 6 (selling online for about $80 when we wrote this) is a good example. At initial glance, it’s a “Look during me!” opinion that draws attention.
With sheer black-and-red colors, neon red wires deliberately manifest (though not shown in a above photo), holes down to a aspect underneath a mouse, and decorations like a topside dimensions outlines that have 0 functionality, it’s clearly designed for a competition of visitor mechas who dead before it could ship. But it’s value holding a closer demeanour during a RAT 6, both to consider a earthy features, and to see usually how deftly Mad Catz has followed a idea of earthy customization.
All issues of character to one side, a RAT 6 has down a basis you’d pattern from any gaming mouse—and a few that surpass them. Between a span of talon-like buttons for a index and center fingers sits a rodent wheel, with a good, even, clicky step that doesn’t feel too stiff. Behind that is a DPI switch: Push it in to lift a DPI, and lift it toward we to revoke it. (This is how it should be done. Not as a DPI button—like a Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless has—that possibly raises or lowers DPI yet doesn’t offer both.)
To a left of a left spur is a “Profile” button, on a lifted triangular slat that we can usually make out on a picture above, partly illuminated in red. We feel it’s as weirdly placed as it was when we reviewed a Mad Catz R.A.T. TE a integrate of years ago, yet it works good if clicked with a tip of a index finger rather than a side. Of course, that means holding your finger off a left rodent symbol to do so. It’s henceforth set to cycle by your profiles, that we’ll plead in fact in a Performance territory after on in this review.
On a left side of a rodent is a span of horizontally elongated, well-edged buttons that are pretty differentiated, and a spin symbol meant for pointing aiming…
The ride rest isn’t a usually ergonomic underline of a RAT 6, either. As remarkable above, a rodent line takes a judgment of earthy re-configuration seriously. For instance, there’s a tiny straight prolongation pull on a bottom right side of a rodent that’s all yet invisible. You can hardly make it out here below, southeast of a mistake measuring marks…
Press it, and a whole palm area subsequent a trademark slides out…
This changes a mouse’s length from 4.5 inches (including a doorknob adhering out a bottom, that we’ll get into in a bit) to roughly 5.2 inches. The composition moves a rodent divided from one suitable for a tiny palm to one that’s medium-size, with a integrate of interlude points in between.
The RAT 6 is one of a heavier models in a RAT line: 4.4 ounces, as against to Mad Catz’s RAT 4, which weighs in during 3.2 ounces. You can change a weight of this rodent, however. If we spin a doorknob during a bottom of a rodent counterclockwise, it eventually pops off, along with a spring…
We suspicion during that indicate we’d damaged it. When we satisfied we hadn’t, we motionless to try again. It seems that behind a open are 3 really thick steel washers, and stealing them will revoke a weight by adult to, roughly, 0.7 ounce. This lets we adjust a weight to fit your preferences for several games, permitting for a change between fortitude and aspect transformation that we prefer.
Then, there’s a barrel. Here’s a close-up of it.
We undetermined over what this was for some time. The Product Manual usually calls it a “Thumb Barrel,” yet serve discussion. So does a Quick Start Guide. Being something that turns by degrees, a Thumb Barrel implies a apportion that can be increasing or decreased. Or during least, that’s what we thought, yet we were wrong. The Thumb Barrel allows for usually a span of actions we name between, relocating it clockwise or counter-clockwise with a side of your thumb. That creates some sense, given a side of a ride is comparatively unresponsive and has a formidable time specifying between sides of a toggle.
Mad Catz suggests regulating a Thumb Barrel to toggle your primary and delegate weapon. Depending on your situation, we could also see it being configured to barter between health and mana potions, or burst and roll, or casting an descent or defensive spell. Tying a dual actions together creates sense, given they’re effectively interconnected off a singular button. Clever.
Then there are a arches built to resemble a approach a palm cups when during rest. The RAT 6 rises horizontally to pattern underneath a index finger’s corner closest to a palm, that creates good ergonomic sense. Curiously, a straight arch rises tip underneath a palm rather than a knuckles, yet that might be unintended fallout from a approach a straight prolongation pull stretches this rodent like Turkish taffy. It’s distant from a many ergonomic choice we’ve seen, yet it could be worse, as evidenced by a hordes of intensely cheap, flat-as-Kansas ambidextrous mobile mice we’ve seen.
Finally, take another peek during a picture above. You’ll see that a RAT 5’s roughly 70-inch cord emerges from underneath a left talon. It’s wrapped with a tolerably thick braid, yet it stays really soothing and flexible. A Velcro tie is built around a cord (for easier transport or usually bundling together lengths of cord we don’t need), that is a courteous hold we’ve seen so distant on usually a few mice.
That covers all a earthy elements of a RAT 6. Next, let’s take a demeanour during a capabilities of Flux (the rodent software) and some other facilities of a mouse.
There’s no upgradable firmware for a RAT 6, and no drivers to download save a customary ones that implement with your computer’s season of Windows. However, we will wish to download a pattern software. Called Flux, it’s been a buttress of Mad Catz’s rodent lines for several years. This is what you’ll see once it’s commissioned and launched, underneath a Programming tab…
Despite a sheer multiple of white, red, gray, and black, Flux’s importance on black creates symbol assignments easy to reconfigure. You usually drag-and-drop a shortcut, key, or tradition macro onto a button, and it’s assigned.
You can also make any shortcut, key, or macro into a “favorite” by right-clicking it. This places it underneath a Favorites add-on for easy location. You make assignments to opposite game-specific profiles, that are created, selected, edited, and deleted by clicking a three-bar menu button, on a tip left.
Up to 3 profiles can be stored regulating a RAT 6’s possess onboard storage, while others are kept on your tough drive.
Note that nonetheless we can allot a reconfigured rodent to a diversion profile, that form isn’t indeed trustworthy to a game’s executable. As a result, it doesn’t run when a diversion is launched, as would be a box in profiles combined by a Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) and Logitech Gaming Software (LGS). You have to run Flux and name a game-specific form to load, afterwards exit a application and run that diversion from your desktop. If we run a lot of opposite games, this could simply spin a vital annoyance.
Flux’s good advantage is a palliate of use. It is morality itself to allot lighting (we’ll get to that in a minute), reassign buttons, and emanate elementary macros. No primer is required, yet Mad Catz reserve a good one for download. What a program lacks is any depth. You can revise a macros, for example, yet we can’t insert executables to launch—much reduction pattern macros that launch other macros, fibre macros together, or perform dual macros formed on either a symbol is being pushed or released, as we can with Corsair’s rodent software.
Bear in mind that nonetheless Mad Catz advertises 11 programmable buttons, 6 of them we substantially won’t wish to disaster with: a rodent circle (up, down, and pull settings), a DPI switch (up and down settings), and a right rodent button. (For some reason, a left rodent symbol and a triangular slat button—which is set to cycle by your profiles—aren’t adult for grabs when it comes to reassignment.) Still, that leaves we a garland of macro buttons to reconfigure: a sniper-mode button, a triangular slat button, dual left-side buttons, and dual buttons that paint a Thumb Barrel’s clockwise and counter-clockwise motions. Unless you’re looking for a lot more—in that case, we’d advise a good MMO-oriented mouse, such as a Roccat Nyth—then a RAT 6’s 5 buttons should sufficient when joined to a good gaming keyboard with clever macro capabilities.
Let’s pierce subsequent to a second tab, Settings…
As we can see, this is a catch-all for any facilities not associated to pivotal reassignment or lighting. DPI Response allows we to store adult to 4 DPI settings, trimming from 50dpi to 8,200dpi. If we spin off Link Axis, we can afterwards enter detached values for a straight and craft axes: a large assistance both with wide-screen monitors, and in games where activity tends to take place some-more on a craft plane than a vertical. DPI Switch usually lets we allot a 3 DPI controls (Cycle, Up, and Down) to opposite buttons, that we can do from a Programming add-on we’ve already looked at. DPI Multiplier is fundamentally an accelerator that starts in a off position, while Precision Aim lets we set a values for what many manufacturers call Sniper Mode. Poll Rate is for bequest computers—if we don’t have one, you’ll wish to keep a environment as high as possible. And Angle Snap is offering as a elementary on/off switch, distinct mice like a Mionix Avior 7000, that reserve a linear slider with values from 0 to 15.
The final facilities shade is entitled Kameleon…
It lets we name from a by-now-expected 16.8 million colors of onboard lighting, and request your choices to 3 zones: a RAT 6’s logo, a DPI switch, and a ride rest. (There’s a fourth lighting zone, on a outward of a triangular slat we’ve mentioned before. But that usually displays as one to 4 red bars, denoting that of your 4 DPI settings you’re now using.) You have 5 effects to name from, detached from no outcome during all: Rainbow, Breathing, Heartbeat, Colour Cycle, and Colour Chase. (The spelling is inconsistent. Sometimes Flux uses American English conventions, and during other times, British English.) You can also name a speed of an effect.
This all seems like a large understanding about really small to us, given your palm is covering a rodent (and many of a lighting) whenever you’re playing. And, during other times, you’re not going to be staring for prolonged durations during a mouse’s changeable colors (unless maybe you’ve usually eaten that cheese you’ve kept in a fridge given cows were initial invented, good some-more than a century ago).