The mechanical claw cometh.
It’s not often I see computer accessories that seem like something pulled straight from the Terminator movies universe. And at first glance that’s exactly what the Cyborg R.A.T. 5 mouse looks like. A weird contraption with bits of metal, plastic and rubber assembled in a cool sci-fi looking body, with red LEDs glowing from different corners. So obviously I grabbed one for review as soon as it was delivered at the Tbreak office.
While the Cyborg R.A.T. 3 offers the barebones experience of the Cyborg mice from MadCatz, the R.A.T. 5 ups the ante a bit with some base improvements over the R.A.T. 3, but not as much as the R.A.T. 7 & 9 sadly. What we get here is a 4000dpi laser instead of the 3200dpi on the R.A.T. 3 (5600dpi on the R.A.T. 7 & 9), slightly improved tracking speeds of 2.8m/s and acceleration of 30G and 7 buttons all told. Of course, the extra $20 (AED 80) also nets you the ability to add removable weights (up to 30g) and adjust the length of the mouse. The R.A.T. 7 & 9 mice have added tracking and acceleration and more customizable options to change the physical dimension of the mouse, however they also cost a whole lot more.
Coming back to the Cyborg R.A.T. 5, it is a very decent mouse from an operating perspective. The whole body is slightly rubberized to provide complete grip no matter how you hold the device. The mouse buttons are nicely placed, especially the Precision Aim button which is just at the tip of the thumb. Some people may find the placement of the DPI adjustment button (underneath the scroll wheel) to be irritating, but it was perfectly fine for me as it stayed out the way, yet close enough for me to change DPI whenever I wanted to. The side scrolling button is in a weird spot though. Not that there would’ve been any other place for it, it’s just a little cumbersome to use that wheel; it sure as hell looks cool though.