Cyborg R.A.T 3 Gaming Mouse Review

By on January 15, 2011
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This rat is a bit untamed.

Good: beautiful design, love the thumb rest platform, nice, clean software
Bad: avg. gaming performance, light
Price: AED 189 approx.
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

We gamers are a choosy lot when it comes to gaming mice. We will make-do with the most generic of keyboards, but when it comes to the mouse of choice, we have our arms stacked together. And this could be why most manufacturers have only lightly tried to produce some truly unique designs alas it falls on the wrong side of the gamer brigade. The first and foremost mental tick we make when selecting a mouse is comfort and ergonomics, and only then we venture out to the feature list. Hence, while we have seen some great looking mouse, they essentially look from the same side of the family. They still have the familiar belly, large thumb rest, side buttons, dpi changers, and black finish that Razer has so well made us got used to.

So this is what I envision must have happened at MadCatz HQ when designers sat down to form the Cyborg R.A.T 3.

“Hey, so we have absolutely crazy looking products already, and we are not known for subtly and class either, so how can we make a mouse along those lines?”

“Oh, let’s make it look like a ripped off paw of a robotic dog!”.

“Fine idea, sir. Approved!”

And they did. And it does kind-of look like a robotic dog’s paw. The Cyborg R.A.T 3 (R3T from now, because I am cool) is much wider and quite a bit short than most mice. But it features some of the most unique design I have seen on a mice. It feels as if MadCatz slapped together different pieces of hardware without worrying about seam and fit. Frivolous when they can make it look absolutely whacky without it!

At it works. It’s just the kind of design that will turn heads and get ‘woos’ at gatherings and LAN parties. It also pulls enough string of a gamer’s heart by looking absolutely ‘techie’ and futuristic. It’s a great looking mouse – the angular, robotic incisions, overlapping framework and full thumb rest platform adds up to a striking visual effect. Oh and not mention the dark red wire that passes through it, though I should let you know that it does not glow, and what a bloody missed opportunity by MadCatz to not have it so. That would have looked incredibly cool.

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