When I was growing up, I wasn’t much of a PC gamer. I was fine at it, but I didn’t have the best peripherals, and I mainly gamed on console. That being said, whether it was on consoles or PC, Mad Catz was a household name. I gravitated toward first party accessories, especially on console, but the R.A.T. series of mice was always on my radar. After going defunct, Mad Catz made a surprise return late last year, and has now shipped their first new line of mice in 2019.
After getting my R.A.T. 4+ in the mail, I was surprised by the minimalist packaging. The box is flat white with few details other than specs, and the mouse is enclosed in clear plastic in the front to show off the hardware. There’s very little to it, and it feels like Mad Catz instead of focusing on design just wanted to show off the new peripheral instead of a picture of it.
Setup is easy, like most other mice, but the Mad Catz Flux Interface can be used to personalize any of the nine programmable buttons. Additionally, the Flux Interface can also be used to create profiles for different games. So, my PUBG profile might be different than a racing title or a single player game. Players can create unlimited profiles in the interface, so Mad Catz has given players freedom of choice if you don’t want to change the individual key bindings in game.
Running the R.A.T. 4+ across my Chroma Firefly mousepad felt really good. I didn’t notice any resistance, and the act of moving the R.A.T. 4+ was extremely quiet. My biggest complaint, which might not be a problem for everyone, is how light the R.A.T. 4+ actually is. At 90g, the R.A.T. 4+ is incredibly light. I prefer slightly heavier peripherals, and my Deathadder Chroma is a little closer to what I like, and it’s the reason I use an elite controller on my Xbox One X. Like I said, though, this won’t be a problem for everyone.
One of my favorite features about the R.A.T. 4+ is the inclusion of a quick DPI change button. The R.A.T. 4+ features up to 7200 DPI, and is adjustable at the push of a button. Pressing the top half will increase, while the bottom half will decrease. This became increasingly useful during rounds of PUBG when I would need to make precision changes to land a Kar98 headshot at range, but didn’t want to overcompensate my movements. The max DPI isn’t the highest I’ve used, but being able to adjust on the fly was great.
Mad Catz released a full line of new R.A.T. mice, and the 4+ doesn’t have as many interchangeable parts as the higher end ones, but it does have a handy palm adjuster, allowing it to fit in the hands of most players. Since the mouse sits a little lower than some, having the adjustable palm rest was useful. It doesn’t have a stopper though, and I accidentally removed the palm rest at one point, but getting it back on was really easy.
The R.A.T. 4+ doesn’t have the most premium feel to it. The entire casing is made of plastic, but it still looks like one of the R.A.T. line, and fits right at home. However, I personally am fine with the feel to it, but some might not be. I would have preferred a slightly textured casing, but utility is what’s important ultimately. Now that the Xbox One can use mouse and keyboard, I even tried the R.A.T. 4+ out with a few of the Xbox titles that support it, and it worked flawlessly. This might not be the absolute best mouse on the market, but the utility and versatility make it pretty great. The R.A.T. 4+ logo sports a red LED behind it, making it shine it dark rooms, and the optical sensor is sensitive and responsive. With customizable profiles, and an awesome DPI adjuster right under the mousewheel, this is a mouse I’ll be using for a while.
SENSOR: PIXART PMW3330
DPI RANGE: UP TO 7200
USB REPORT RATE: 125, 250, 500 OR 1000HZ
TRACKING SPEED: UP TO 150”/S
FRAME RATE: 8,000
LEFT AND RIGHT
MOUSE BUTTON: UP TO 20M CLICKS
WEIGHT: 90g WITHOUT CABLE
This review is based on a review sample provided by Mad Catz. Full information on the R.A.T. 4+ can be found here.