Mad Catz returns with fresh lineup of R.A.T. gaming mice
Mad Catz is back in the saddle again with a fresh line of R.A.T. gaming mice.
Mad Catz, a mainstay name in the gaming accessories market, closed its doors last year due to bankruptcy, but was later reborn with the help from a Chinese holding company. Now, the company is debuting its first new line of products since its resurrection with four new R.A.T. gaming mice.
The new range includes the R.A.T. 4+, R.A.T. 6+, R.A.T. 8+, and the R.A.T. Pro S3. As suggested by the names, the first three mice are increments of the same design that build upon one another, while the Pro S3 focuses more on the essentials that professional gamers look out for. Here's a rundown of what you can expect from each model:
- R.A.T. 4+ - Features OMRON switches with 20-million click lifecycle. LED multi-zone backlighting and Pixart PMW 3330 optical sensor.
- R.A.T. 6+ - Builds upon the R.A.T. 4+ with nine programmable buttons and an adjustable palm rest. A removable weight system lets you change the feel of the mouse based on your preference. Includes "Chameleon RGB Intelligent Lighting," which can be programmed with more than 16 million lighting combinations across three zones. OMRON switches tested up to 50 million clicks.
- R.A.T. 8+ - Adds to the base of the R.A.T. 6+ with a Pixart PMW 3389 optical sensor, adjustable palm rest and thumb rest, along with a removable pinkie grip. Includes onboard memory for saving up to three profiles.
- R.A.T. Pro S3 - OMRON switches tested up to 50 million clicks, along with a Pixart PMW 3330 sensor. Adjustable palm rest can be tilted plus or minus 15 degrees, side-to-side, and extended up to 12mm from the frame. Pro S3 also packs in the same Chameleon RGB lighting found on other R.A.T. models.
The first regions to get their hands on the new lineup include Germany, Austria, and France. The rest of Europe, along with North America, will be able to purchase the new R.A.T. mice soon.
The new mice are just the start, according to Mad Catz. Alongside their launch, the company also teased some of its upcoming products with a short video. From the look of things, you'll soon be able to pick up a fresh mouse pad, keyboard, and more.
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Used to make mechanically great mice, but their software was so bad and so poorly supported that it took them down. Had two of them, but the drivers were just useless because they never supported any required upgrades.