Gaming mice designs often make people’s jaws drop, but there’s no mouse, which does that job better than the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 gaming mouse. The R.A.T.9 looks like it came out of a Transformers movie and there’s no better way to get people’s attention at a LAN party. It’s not just the looks - it’s practical, highly customizable and it’s got some pretty impressive hardware as well.
Hands on: Cyborg R.A.T. 9
Design and build quality
The R.A.T.9 looks very impressive - it’s got a solid metal base at the bottom. There are layers of plastic and metal dials and springs above that build up the shape of the mouse. The R.A.T. 9 has a matte finish across the device, including the thumb rest, buttons and the palm rest towards the back. The R.A.T. 9 appears to be designed to be customizable, so there are panels that can be removed, replaced and adjusted to your liking. Without this done, it feels little awkward with all the gaps in between the mouse at different points.
The R.A.T. 9 means business!
Those who like to place their palms on the entire mouse might find this sort of shape and design a little odd. If you’re a claw-style gamer, then the ergonomics should work fine, even without the adjustments. The mouse is highly customizable as far as the shape and feel is concerned. To do this, there are a few replaceable bits. The back panel lets you slide back to different positions for larger and smaller hands. There are also two extra pads with different textures and heights. The thumbrest panel can also be released and adjusted just like the one on the right panel that supports your little finger.
Bundled case to carry the weights around
Like any other high performance gaming mouse, the R.A.T. 9, too has supports for weights. There’s a large bolt at the back that can be unscrewed, along with a spring that keeps these weights in place. The bolt itself doubles up as a screw that can be used to unlock the other panels of the mouse.
Weight release mechanism
As for the friction, it’s kept in check by the five mouse feet at the bottom. The largest are present towards the back, while the two tiny ones are placed towards the front. We recommend using a somewhat heavy mouse such as this on a cloth pad.
Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
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