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I have been a Logitech mouse user for as long as I can remember but last year I started having issues with tennis elbow and early carpal tunnel. not to blame the mouse, but it was probably a bit of my lifestyle - 10-12 hours at work on a PC then come home and game for 3-4 more.

for the last 5 months I have been using my mouse exclusively with my left hand, and I switched to a Razer Lachesis which is ambidextrous. I am currently working my way though physical therapy in hopes of avoiding surgery, cortisone shots, and a life without gaming.

when all is said and done I am going to try to stay lefty at work, but I am going to try to back to righty at home... but I need a mouse that can work with me. I am mostly a palm grip, with hints of fingertip at times. I used the MX518 for years and then the G500, but that is when the pain started.

I am looking into the R.A.T. 7/9 because I can change the physical layout for the way I hold the mouse without having to torque my wrist. so I have a few questions -

1. how comfortable is it, once you dial it in?
2. how is the build quality? the majority of bad reviews I have read are about them breaking after 3-7 months. (my Logitech's NEVER had problems, after years of abuse)
3. are they useful for games other than FPS? (I play about 30/40/20 MMORPG/FPS/RTS)
4. how smooth are the feet? I use a Razer Vesupula surface currently.
5. how well does the software interface with games in setting up custom functions?

Thanks for all the help, appreciated!
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i just bought one last week and its awesome its very well built. My favorite part is that your can adjust its size and change its weight. it glides perfectly across my mouse pad and it was very simple to adjust my buttons to different game modes.

Buy one you wont be disappointed
    
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I'm sure the height of your mouse surface will need to be adjusted. Everyone has their preferences but I think it's best if your arms are resting at 90 degrees and to have your elbow resting on something like your chair armrest. Your mouse movement should mostly be from pivoting your elbow and reduce movement with your wrists. Getting that kind of setup might be too much to ask but I think it would help a lot if you could somehow get that kind of configuration. Also a customizable mouse helps too lol.
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Originally Posted by dutchgenius View Post
1. how comfortable is it, once you dial it in?
2. how is the build quality? the majority of bad reviews I have read are about them breaking after 3-7 months. (my Logitech's NEVER had problems, after years of abuse)
3. are they useful for games other than FPS? (I play about 30/40/20 MMORPG/FPS/RTS)
4. how smooth are the feet? I use a Razer Vesupula surface currently.
5. how well does the software interface with games in setting up custom functions?
i love my rat9 but i will be very harsh with my comments.

1. i find it very comfortable (palm) but the hex wrench at the back protrudes a bit. im not bothered by it but some people do (you can remove it if you want). the forward/back buttons have cornered edges also and may bother people who have their hands on the mouse for a looooong time.
2. the quality is pretty good, doesn't feel "plasticky". but my rat9 died after 5 months. but i still got a new rat9. currently have this replacement for 2 months. i dont want to comment about it's longevity yet. i swap batteries everyday too and it is a bit troublesome because i need to remove the palm rest for me to be able to remove the battery.
3. i play sc2, wow and 2moons, no problems so far.
4. i am using a synthetic mousepad, no issues, glides easily.
5. you can setup custom functions but i am not sure if you can switch then on the fly.

i hope these comments doesn't sound too discouraging
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i love my rat9 but i will be very harsh with my comments.

1. i find it very comfortable (palm) but the hex wrench at the back protrudes a bit. im not bothered by it but some people do (you can remove it if you want). the forward/back buttons have cornered edges also and may bother people who have their hands on the mouse for a looooong time.
2. the quality is pretty good, doesn't feel "plasticky". but my rat9 died after 5 months. but i still got a new rat9. currently have this replacement for 2 months. i dont want to comment about it's longevity yet. i swap batteries everyday too and it is a bit troublesome because i need to remove the palm rest for me to be able to remove the battery.
3. i play sc2, wow and 2moons, no problems so far.
4. i am using a synthetic mousepad, no issues, glides easily.
5. you can setup custom functions but i am not sure if you can switch then on the fly.

i hope these comments doesn't sound too discouraging
this was what I was looking for, thanks. what died on the mouse after 5 months?
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this was what I was looking for, thanks. what died on the mouse after 5 months?
the mouse started having problems waking up from its sleep mode, takes up to 5 mins to wake up and the laser also started acting up. not a lot of people have this problem with the rat9 since it is fairly new so i got a replacement to see how long this second unit will last.

btw, sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel thing. i am also trying to use my left hand when at work to ease the load on my right hand. no carpal tunnel yet but im trying to avoid it since my work requires a lot of coding and mouse clicking.
Edited by Nethermir - 8/13/11 at 9:25pm
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the mouse started having problems waking up from its sleep mode, takes up to 5 mins to wake up and the laser also started acting up. not a lot of people have this problem with the rat9 since it is fairly new so i got a replacement to see how long this second unit will last.

btw, sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel thing. i am also trying to use my left hand when at work to ease the load on my right hand. no carpal tunnel yet but im trying to avoid it since my work requires a lot of coding and mouse clicking.
what is the warrantee on these mice, were you able to RMA it? I would be going with the 7... most likely. i like the idea of the 9, but proprietary batteries mean I am forced to use their charging system for life.
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what is the warrantee on these mice, were you able to RMA it? I would be going with the 7... most likely. i like the idea of the 9, but proprietary batteries mean I am forced to use their charging system for life.
i am not very happy with the speed of their communication. i sent an email to mad catz support about the warranty but it took them a month to get back to me. so i bought a new one lol. i will still rma the old mouse though,plus we now have a mad catz rep here so he might be able to better assist us when doing rma.
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i am not very happy with the speed of their communication. i sent an email to mad catz support about the warranty but it took them a month to get back to me. so i bought a new one lol. i will still rma the old mouse though,plus we now have a mad catz rep here so he might be able to better assist us when doing rma.
thanks for the honest words. this is one reason it is so hard to walk away from Logitech... which I am not sure that I am going to do yet. they have superb customer service, I always got an email back within 24 hours of every one I sent them.
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no problem, i think i sound like an anti-rat person haha. i do love the mouse though that's why im giving it a second chance. how about buying it from a store near you and do a test drive, so if it doesnt work out you can just drop it back.
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