I was out and about and picked up the Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse today. I know it’s been out for a while but I’ve never seen one out of the box or used one so I figured…why not?!
I put together a little video review which you can see after the jump.
The first thing I noticed once I got this thing unpacked and set up is that it feels solid. It’s weighty and has a nice, sturdy build. It’s also INSANELY customizable with replacement palm pads, pinky pads, an adjustable thumb rest, 30 grams of adjustable weight (in 6 gram increments) and a software suite that allows you to program just about any function you can imagine.
There’s a rocker switch which adjusts the DPI the mouse reads at, 2 scroll wheels (1 horizontal, 1 vertical), 5 programmable buttons and a mode switch that allows you to select between 3 modes of operation.
All of the adjustments are done via screws and a built in tool in the back of the device which is really a small allen wrench that is, naturally, designed to fit the screws in the mouse.
So here’s my take on it.
It’s pretty comfortable, once you spend the time to get it all adjusted and set up in a way that’s right for you. Once it’s set up properly, all of the buttons fall right where you need to them be to hit them with no reaching or searching.
The movements and actions are smooth, button clicks give a solid response and nice audible click which is just a bit louder and more tactile than my Razer Mamba. The sensitivity rocker is stiff enough and out of the way enough that it’s not easy to accidentally hit but is in a place that’s easy to get to if that’s what you want to reach for. The scroll wheels are smooth with tactile feedback and the vertical scroll wheel is clickable (like most) for mouse scrolling.
Adjusting the mouse and swapping out parts are easy. Everything is keyed so you can’t put anything in the wrong way. The only thing you have to be careful of is that you don’t lose any of the screws.
And that brings me to the only real down sides I see, at this point. The screws are fairly small and if you drop any of them, there’s a fair chance they’re going to be lost for good. Be careful, Saitek didn’t include any backups. The second downside is simply getting is set up so it’s comfortable. It took me a good couple of hours of fiddling with the thing to get it set up so it was comfortable and will likely take me several more to get it to the point that it’s RIGHT.
All in all it’s a solid piece of gear with a lot of good and only a little bit of bad. If you’re in the market for a new gaming mouse, don’t hesitate to pick this one up. I’m sure you’ll be happy.
All in review score…