Originally Posted by ainako
wow, so many owners of rat 7 here!
I'm currently on the search for a gaming mouse, and Rat 7 is one of the candidates on my list. But I have read somewhere that this mouse has tracking issues and a somewhat flimsy palm rest. Is this information accurate? Thanks
Originally Posted by Defiler
Maybe the first batch of RATs had that issue. I know mine did. But I RMA'ed it and my new RAT is perfect except for the rare occasion when a little dust gets on the lens. Then I just blow it off and I'm good to go again. I never heard the palm rest issue nor experienced it but I'm a fingertip grip and my palm rarely touches the palm rest.
I haven't had any tracking issues with my RAT7 that weren't directly related to either an off-center glide pad or dust. The glide pad ring around the laser aperture is occasionally put on slightly off-center, covering part of the hole. If this is the case, carefully removing and re-seating clears up the problem. Dust, especially lint, is a problem as well. You'll need to keep your mousing surface clean, and occasionally blow some fuzzies away from the laser.
I use a palm grip most of the time (I alternate between palm and claw grip, depending on what I'm doing). I have the palm rest extended out as far as it will go; and it still feels rock solid. The tolerances are pretty tight, and the construction is good, so you shouldn't have any issues. (In fact, the tolerances are so tight that replacing the palm rest with one of the alternatives can be a little tricky; but that's not a real problem. I replaced the default palm rest with the textured rubber one, and it feels very comfortable.)
One caveat, prepare to spend at least a week, possibly two, trying out the various optional bits and adjustments before you find a combination that is comfortable for you. It took me about a week and a half of adjusting the various bits before I became really comfortable with it. Most people who find it uncomfortable simply haven't spent enough time tweaking it (although there are a few who it simply won't work for). It helps greatly to think of it as a three-button mouse, instead of the more common two-button style. Use your middle finger on the scroll wheel (which also acts as a button), and your ring finger on the right button. I have quite large hands and long fingers, and it still felt too wide for me until I started doing this.