Cyborg R.A.T 9 Gaming Mouse Review
Thee best mouse that money can buy.
Cyborg isn’t exactly known for its subtlety. The weird, slapped-on construction, broken and split without a trace (or grace) for seam and finish makes the R.A.T mices a hot mess in pictures. But as we found out in our reviews of the R.A.T 3 and R.A.T 5, that’s far from the truth. They are just as comfortable as the leaders in the segment, and offers truly world class performance with style and form that garners ‘wows’ from almost everyone I showcased the device too.
Today we take a look at the eldest brother in the popular mice series, the R.A.T 9, which features 5600 DPI sensor, 2.4GHz of wireless connectivity and a penchant for customization.
The R.A.T 9 looks pretty much exactly like its younger siblings. The senseless construction of different pieces makes it look like someone ripped it off the Terminator (which is not exactly a good thing in case ‘he’s back’ for it). The mouse features two side kickers, a Precision Aim Mode button and an additional scroll wheel near the thumb rest – much similar to the R.A.T 5. The only difference is the extra slot besides the weights on the right for the wireless battery.
One of the specialties of the R.A.T 9 is its ability to transform itself. Cyborg has included enough tools to completely change the size, shape and the feel of the mouse. For one, you can adjust the palm rest in length if you require a little more push on your palm. However, I noticed that the palm rest rattles a bit when it’s adjusted elsewhere from its default position, but is a minor annoyance. Cyborg packs in two additional palm rests – one with a rubberize top and the other similar to the default one. It’s an interesting choice to include two similar palm rests than a different pattern. The company understands that the look of the palm rest is going to be utterly destroyed over time and users can simply choose to replace it once that happens. But, hey, we would have liked a different material pattern anyway. We are suckers for such things.
By adjusting a screw on the mouse, you can also move the entire thumb rest assembly up or down, greatly increasing the placement of the side kickers and the Precision Aim button. Also, of course, you can bulk up the mouse or put it on a diet by adding or removing steel weights. All you need to do is wrench out the holder from underneath the mouse, add the desired amount of weights and screw it back in. While I am happy with the default weight of the device, as would be most of the users I am sure, it surely is a boon for pro-gamers which this mouse also targets.
The R.A.T 9’s wireless station is another great design choice. No, not for its actual form and factor, though it does look a bit cute. The wireless station can dock your weights and charge the device’s battery cartridges. Yes, cartridges. There are two of them. It’s sheer genius – when you run out of juice, you can simply and quickly change it for another cartridge. It takes no more than 10 seconds to replace it. The mouse does not have to be switched off and no wires need to be pulled – you can do it on the fly. It’s an awesome solution to the traditional method where you would have to lug the entire device to get it charged. With this can you have 24/7 uninterrupted gameplay. Brilliant.