Originally Posted by nlee1201
hey guys. so i've been lurking this thread for the past two days and i'm confused on whether or not to get the rat 9. i love the fact the it's super customizable and wireless but the feedback from this thread seems to be really mixed. it seems like you can get both extremes - it either works really well or really crappy. like many others stated in this thread, if i am going to invest ~$150 for a mouse i want it to have damn good quality.
from what i understand the "old" 5600 dpi single sensor version of the rat 9 has tracking problems whereas the "new" 6400 dpi double sensor version has no problems at all. furthermore, i've seen a lot of comments stating that they experience some wifi interference. can someone verify these statements?
i want to believe that this mouse is amazing but as a college student i can't justify a month's of food for a crap ton of frustration without knowing that the "new" version addresses all of the problems that pop up in this thread.
From my own experience I have to advise you to avoid the RAT 9.
I have had three of them. The first one had a bad thumb wheel (which is forgivable, happens to everything once in a while). The next one seemed to work OK for about 6 months. It was picky about the mouse pad. Then the interference issue started (at least that's what I think it is). Needless to say it's way too late to just take it back. The problem got really bad so I sent it off for RMA and they replaced it with a new one. That worked good for about a month and started getting tracking problems again. So, I bought an all black cloth mouse pad and that seemed to fix it for a week or two. Then the problems started again. So, I changed the channel my WiFi router works on and again that seemed to help, but a week later I was gaming with a couple of buddies and it happened again.
Frankly I'm a pretty unhappy camper. I brought the mouse to work for testing, and although it doesn't get used as much it seems to be working (it's only been there for two weeks). So, basically, I bought a $150 mouse for work.
On the other hand, I do love the design. Personally I found it very comfortable. The adjustments worked fine for me (I have a smaller hand size). The batteries are not an issue. People who bring them up as one have not tried them.
One battery will last 7 to 8 hours. I found that if I had the palm rest pushed in all the way (which I do anyway) it only takes me a second to swap batteries. They charge in just a couple of hours, so you'll never have both batteries discharged at the same time.
This is a much better arrangement than the Razer and Logitech mice (at least some Logitech mice, others have much longer lasting batteries) The method of having a cable to plug into the mouse to charge it sucks. On the Razer mice the battery is custom so you can't swap it out, and it's hard to get out anyway, so you have to use the cable for charging the battery which means 50% of the time your expensive cordless mouse is not cordless. The funny thing is that I would be happy to have that now considering the problems I'm having with my RAT9. On the Logitech cordless I tried, the mouse was pretty nice and it used standard AA or AAA NiMh batteries so you could swap them out but it also had a cable for using the mouse when you had no battery charged. Not a bad solution, but I found the Rat9 superior because the batteries (LIon) last a lot longer and are easier to swap out.
So, tough decision.
RAT 9: Excellent mouse design. Very comfortable. Cool factor like no other. Great battery design. Feels great. Nice tracking if you get one that works well. Expensive like no other.
If Madcatz Rich had of offered to swap my RAT9 for a RAT7 I would have taken him up on the offer. I made that offer in writing when I sent the one off for RMA but I got another RAT9 back. I would even have been willing to pay the shipping. Unfortunately now I'm stuck with a $150 mouse that I'm wasting at work. I don't think there's a defect in the mouse, and I know it's not my computer because I replaced the main board, cpu and memory and also reinstalled the operating system. So, I am experiencing the worst problem a consumer can have. A mystery fault that can't seem to be narrowed down to the mouse or the computer. If I thought replacing it again would solve the problem I would contact them and ask about it, but I'm not convinced it would help.
Personally, I would recommend a RAT 7. The cord will eliminate any of the problems I seemed to have with the RAT 9.
For me, this is like having a Porsche in my driveway that I can't use. The more I think about it the more it pi$$es me off.Edited by Mergatroid - 1/28/12 at 5:04pm