Here we are my first of hopefully many reviews to you guys, hoping to offer a better opinion of equipment before you purchase.
Today I have the R.A.T 7 in my hand and I am left here wondering "what is it"; of course it's a mouse but did Optimums Prime have a love child with a computer peripheral ?
Well this is what I am hoping to answer today, at fist glance the R.A.T 7 will have you saying that this mouse cannot be that comfortable. My answer is yes it can be, it's entirely up to you.
For this little bugger can be adjusted in :
- Type and size of palm grips.
- Swappable pinky grips.
- Thumb rest is able to be moved in and out also up and down.
- The unit is weight able, this is most important in gaming.
This is also not to mention what the mouse has in the ways of configurable buttons, and of the sorts.
- Left and Right click
- Center click
- Center scroll wheel
- Thumb scrol (two way "up/down")
- Forward and back buttons
- What I call the bullet time button.
- Mouse profile button
- Dpi up and down (Dpi "Dots Per Square Inch")
The performance of this mouse is a sight to behold, the learning curve is next to nothing. The only thing to worry about with this mouse is how are you going to to use it.
The responsiveness is great to the point to move from one side of the desktop to the other can be done in all of 3 inches.
But where it shines is in the games, the inclusion of hair mechanical mouse button switches where it almost to the point of that "if you see it and the impulses to the fingers do the rest in a very quick fashion", another great feature to the the mouse buttons is that you can click the anywhere on the designated button area and it will activate the switch. "Nice"
But with all this greatness comes a downfall and in this device it goes by the name of the "Phillips Twin Eye" which is said to have a z axis tracking issue, which I have yet to find. I find this quite amusing because it doesn't track on the Z axis and only registers X and Y axis.The only real problem that I find with the tracking is if you get a piece of dust trapped in the area of the lens then the mouse becomes a bit sluggish, also if you lift the mouse from the mousing surface the tracking can be lost.
Once this is ironed out by playing with the lens sensitivity this becomes less evident.
The "Smart Technology Software"
The software provided is very well thought out, you have four(4) pages ranging from the welcome to the update and tips page.
So that brings up to a total of five(5) different adjustable speed settings.
I wasn't happy because the savable profiles all used the same DPI settings as the other profiles, so no tailoring profiles to given situations here.
Now we move onto the configurable buttons and scroll wheels, this adds five(5) other dimensions to your games, you of course have the back and forward buttons and the normal scroll wheel but the inclusion of the thumb scroll wheel is pure genius, you can set it up to do anything you want for eg: weapon change, grenade type change, spells what ever you want.
So with all these settings is there a downfall? Yes there is, unlike my old mouse the Logitech G9 you have to have the mouse software installed to take advantage of your profiles. This is a bit of a PITA considering that the G9 profiles can be saved to the mouse unit and can be used on other machines without the need to have the mouse software installed,this I find is a major downfall.
So what do I think? Other than some of the minor annoyances the mouse is very accurate and sensitive to the point you need to turn the sensitivity of the "Phillips Twin Eye" down a bit. The tracking is a bit of problem if you lift the mouse off of the mousing surface or get a piece of dust trapped near the sensor.
But these issues have been evident for a while with other mouse manufactures that use the same lenses like the company Razor for instance, I would of thought that a replacement lens would of been created by now to alleviate this problem.......oh well.
Now we move onto the turkey talking, how much is this unit? Well this is the high end of the corded range of the R.A.T range of mice. This unit can be had in Australia for $150 AU including shipping(not insurance), but if your lucky enough to have a computer shop nearby that will get it for you then it will be cheaper. For the features you get I find that this is a fair asking price, but how to rate it?
If based off of pure features it is the best mouse I have used, if based off of pure performance I find that there are better options for better prices. It's a hard one, so here I go.
Pro's: The fact you can really shape this mouse to suite you is a feature I have never seen before. The software is intuitive and easy to understand.
Con's: The tracking is a small issue but it is not enough to tarnish what this mouse does offer Price may be a turn off to some users. Not being able to set DPI settings for each profile is a bad batch of grapes.
EDIT: Mouse Lift off is an issue with this mouse but it's not a big issue if you aren't using your mouse as a drum stick or trying to tap the tune of a Ke$ha song on your desk.
All in all I found it to be money well spent, and I would give the complete package four(4) out of five(5) thumbs up.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 2/7/11 at 6:38am