Cyborg R.A.T. 9 review

Cyborg rat 9
Cyborg Rat 9 matte black edition.







  • Extreme customization with modular components
  • Wireless
  • Battery life of 8-10 hours
  • 6 programmable buttons
  • 6400 DPI laser sensor
  • 4 DPI settings
  • for PC and MAC

The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is without a doubt one of the most eye-catching gaming mice you’ll find. The many creases and screws sticking out makes it clear that the Cyborg R.A.T. series is all about one thing: customizability. The R.A.T. 9 differentiates itself from its brother by being the first one that’s completely wireless. All of these features also manifest themselves in the price, yes the R.A.T. 9 is also one of the most expensive gaming mice available, but is it worth the price?

Performance

Before we get to the fancy things you can change about the feel of the mouse, we need to consider the basic performance, after all even if you have the best customizability in the world it still won’t matter if the sensor doesn’t work properly. This mouse actually received an upgrade in 2012 which increased the DPI from 5600 to 6400. There is also still the stigma of it being a wireless mouse but honestly, the tracking is on-par with a wired mouse. Just as advertised there is practically no input delay to be found.

The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 comes with 2 rechargeable¬†lithium-ion batteries and a charging dock. The idea is that you can have one battery in use while charging the other one. When the battery is running low, you can then hot-swap it with the other one in a few seconds and continue gaming. It’s a fairly intelligent system that ensures that the mouse doesn’t become a temporary paperweight when it runs out of juice. The battery life itself is approximately 8-10 hours.

Ergonomics

This is obviously where the mouse shines: you can change absolutely everything about the design to fit your hand. It comes with several modular pieces that cater towards different grip styles. There are three pinkie grips included: one with the same finish as the main body, one with a rubber inlay and a third one with a wing shaped design where you can rest your pinkie. Then there are also three different palm rests with different sizes. If that’s not enough the palm rest and thumb rest are both adjustable to better fit your hand. There is also a weight kit included to change the weight to your liking. The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 also comes in four editions: white, gloss black, matte black and red.

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Believe it or not there are also buttons on this mouse if you search hard enough. There are the two large main buttons, a well-made rubberized scroll wheel, a DPI changer below the scroll wheel, two side buttons and a red button that you can hold to temporarily lower the DPI to get headshots. Oddly enough there is no battery life indicator anywhere on the mouse, you’ll have to check the software to check, which is a slight pain. Lastly, it’s not suited towards left-handed gamers at all, which is pretty ironic considering that it’s otherwise the most customizable gaming mouse on the market.

Software

The software allows you to customize everything you would expect from a high-range gaming mouse. The RA.T. 9 supports an unlimited amount of profiles so that you can adapt the controls for each game. Each profile also had three modes to further confuse you. You can see which mode you’re currently using on the indicator next to the left mouse button.The DPI can be changed in steps of 25 up to a maximum of 6400. ¬†Every button (beside the DPI switcher) can be rebound to any key. Additionally there is also a robust macro editor included to automate repetitive tasks.

Verdict

The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 delivers on it’s asking price. It’s bar none the most customizable mouse on the market, both on the hardware and software side and an excellent wireless gaming mouse to boot.

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