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After a spate of cheap mice with dodgy scroll wheels, I've decided that I'm going to invest in a nice mouse. Oh, and it's pay day. biggrin.gif

Been looking at the Cyborg RAT 3 since I like the styling and it's a reasonable price in my opinion. (£36 here in the UK). I can't really justify dropping £50+ on a mouse since I'm not that seriously into gaming.

However, I am on the look out for alternatives and if there's any damning reason not to buy a RAT 3 (not including that you might think it's ugly tongue.gif ) then please tell me.
   
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Aside from the pinky rest, I hate the mouse ( rat 7 ) and I doubt the cheaper version would be exempt from the flaws the 7's and 9's are known to have.
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Originally Posted by ClaytonGFinley View Post

Aside from the pinky rest, I hate the mouse ( rat 7 ) and I doubt the cheaper version would be exempt from the flaws the 7's and 9's are known to have.

Care to elaborate?
   
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post #4 of 8
i've not dealt with the 3 personally, but from what I understand, Its basically the same as the 7 without all the adjustments. ( no pink rest )

The macro programming is very shotty, and for some reason, sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

The lazer is very sensitive, and if you have a nice speaker system on your desk, you may see the mouse moving around on its own. As well if any dust gets in it, it will have all kinds of tracking issues, and the mouse will not move on the screen even if the sensor looks to be clean.
You can't use it on glass, and some people have noted that certain mouse pads will cause it to have additional tracking issues.

The weight is nice, and the build is a 6 out of 10. some areas are really nicely done, others are very cheap. ( example, thumb scroll wheel is metal with a nice "tick" to it, while the finger scroll wheel is mostly plastic and does not take much to turn it )

Some of the plastic parts are very sturdy, others rattle and move around.

the side buttons are very stiff, even after the several months of using mine 8 hours a day at work.

IMO, if the RAT7 was $50-70 it may be worth the price, but for $100, no thank you.


I can only assume the build and problems listed for my ( and several others ) rat 7s will be equally if not more worse than in the cheaper models.

for the price of the rat 3, there are much better options for quality mice.

The only reason I bought the 7 was for the comfort of the pinky rest and small adjustability, basically, it has left me thinking of just somehow making a pinky rest onto a better quality mouse.
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OK thanks for the tips. I'm really looking for something with good build quality, I expect Logitech or CM Storm might fit the bill.
   
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IMO., rat 3 is a good option for claw Grippers, who use high to medsense, and it was well built for its price, only the mousewheel rattled a bit, weight is also nice ~70-80g, but sadly it has ADNS-6010 so i cant use it because of the mal function speed.
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It depends on how much tweaking and functionality you want in a mouse. I did not try any of the RAT mice - thought about it, but ended up not buying. My first 'gaming' mouse was a Razer Deathadder that I bought 4 years back. It was 1800 dpi and that mouse was flawless right from the get go. It was absolutely plug and play for me. It still runs perfect and my nephew uses it for gaming. I really like Deathadder for their ease of use. I decided to try out a different mouse with a bit more customization and got the Logitech G500. With a bit of tweaking and setting up the dpi levels, I absolutely love this mouse. I did some research before getting this mouse. So, in my opinion, you cannot really go wrong with either.
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From what I've seen, the Death Adder is pretty rad. I've found one for £40 here in the UK, think I might just go for that.
   
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