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Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1 review: This killer gaming mouse was stood up by software

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1
Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1 (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

It's difficult to locate mice that don't look like every other pointer out there, but one brand tries to stand out using unique mouse designs. Mad Catz launched the M.O.J.O. M1, which is aimed at those who take their gaming seriously and want something, well ... a little different. Weighing in at just 70g and sporting the excellent PixArt PMW 3360 optical sensor, the M1 is a beast on paper.

But how does the M.O.J.O. M1 compare against the best PC gaming mice, and is it worth the relatively affordable asking price?

What you'll love about the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1

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CategoryMad Catz M.O.J.O. M1
SensorPixArt PMW 3360
Optical
DPI12,000
IPS250
Acceleration50G
Polling rate1000HZ
1ms
Buttons6
RGB
Weight70 g
(0.15 lbs)

Mad Catz worked out that the best way to cut weight from a gaming mouse is to literally cut away some of the plastic material. This would usually result in a less-than-sturdy construct. Still, the company managed to work in an interwoven design that allows for some of the plastic shell to be removed without compromising strength.

After unboxing the M1, I wanted to immediately try to see if I could warp the mouse using brute force since it looked less sturdy, but it failed to give. There's ample support for the sides and top of the M.O.J.O. M1, even if it looks like half the mouse is missing. This is the norm for Mad Catz mice, which often comes with the motto "less is more."

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1 has a unique design that's almost perfect.

The M.O.J.O. M1 is clean with two large main buttons up top alongside the familiar scroll wheel and DPI switch. On the left-hand side are two more buttons. That's it for input, but it's the design that really stands out here. The interwoven look spreads from side to side, and it looks really good. The Mad Catz branding can be found on the rear.

Being a gaming mouse, there's — of course — RGB lighting. I feel as though this type of mouse, with its unique design, deserves RGB lighting. The lighting effect with the mouse connected is subtle but pleasing to the eye. It's incredibly comfortable to hold too, which is also surprising given the lack of surface to cuddle.

You can employ different grip styles with ease. The dimensions and design make it possible to grip the mouse without feeling much of the pressure you'd normally notice.

The PixArt PMW 3360 sensor is fantastic for gaming. It's incredibly efficient, accurate, and a joy to use. While not class-leading by any means, it's about as good as you can get for this price point. The main left and right-click buttons are also using DAKOTA switches. Mad Catz says they're rated for 60 million clicks and are 60% faster than traditional switches.

I'd be inclined to agree with both statements. Couple the high-end sensor with a lightweight and ergonomic design, and you've got a great mouse that will even help keep your hand ventilated through heavy gaming sessions.

What you'll hate about the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1

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I understand the price for this mouse, but Mad Catz could (and should) have included software support. The M.O.J.O. M1 is marketed for gamers and esports, yet you're unable to program buttons, fine-tune DPI settings, save profiles, and more. That's mind-boggling, especially when competitor mice (like the SteelSeries Rival 600) offer such functionality even in more affordable mice.

This mouse houses a very capable PxArt PMW 3360 sensor, which can handle far more aggressive configurations, making the lack of any software support questionable.

Should you buy the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1?

Mad Catz M.O.J.O. M1

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Who it's for

  • If you want a lightweight mouse
  • If you want a highly accurate pointer
  • If you want a unique gaming mouse
  • If you want one of the best value mice

Who it isn't for

  • If you enjoy using companion software
  • If you frequently switch between PCs
  • If you want a wireless gaming mouse

Mad Catz mice are usually polarizing. You'll either love or hate its RAT range of mice. The M.O.J.O. M1 feels a little more tamed, which is a good thing. I think they've struck a good balance between design and functionality here without going overboard. If you want a unique-looking mouse but not one that looks like you built it from a kit, this pointer is a good choice.

The PixArt sensor is ridiculously good, considering this is a $40 mouse. The RGB lighting is subtle, and because of the interwoven design, the lighting effects look great on your favorite mouse surface. Mad Catz didn't nail everything, however. There's no companion software, so you won't be able to remap buttons, save profiles, and fine-tune settings.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.