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Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 Professional Wireless Gaming Mouse

Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 Professional Wireless Gaming Mouse
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Price $65 at 1 store $94 to $119 at 2 stores $59 to $342 at 3 stores $109 to $160 at 2 stores
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Release date October 01, 2006 August 19, 2009 August 17, 2010 March 09, 2005 March 22, 2011
The Bottom Line Microsoft's updated IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 brings a few gamer-friendly tweaks to the design of the venerable mouse. We don't expect that it will win over the hard-core gamer, but for everyone else, the IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 is a fine mouse with only a few minor issues. There's quite a lot to like about Logitech's new Gaming Mouse G500, but with a competing mouse from Microsoft offering its own set of features, gamers now have some choices to make. The G500 will appeal to performance-driven shooter fans. The choice is less clear for other kinds of PC gamers. The Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 is the most expensive gaming mouse we know of, but its vast customizability, unique features, and strong performance make it a worthwhile expense for demanding PC gamers. The Logitech MX518's adjustable sensitivity, customizable buttons, and comfortable grip are sure to please right-handed gamers.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Buttons Qty 5
10
7
8
5
Movement Resolution Info unavailable 5700 dpi
5600 dpi
1600 dpi
Info unavailable
OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Apple MacOS X 10.1 - 10.2.x
Microsoft Windows Vista / XP
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista / XP / 7
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Vista
Apple MacOS X 10.4.x - 10.6.x
Product Description Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0
Logitech Gaming Mouse G500
CYBORG R.A.T. 9
Logitech MX 518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000
Movement Detection Technology Optical
Laser
Laser
Optical
Optical
Dimensions (WxDxH) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 2.8 in x 5.1 in x 1.7 in
Microsoft Certification Compatible with Windows 7
Compatible with Windows 7
Certified for Windows Vista
Certified for Windows Vista
Compatible with Windows 7
Color Dark gray
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Wireless Receiver Info unavailable Info unavailable USB wireless receiver
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Orientation Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Right-handed
Weight Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 oz
Manufacturer Warranty 5 years warranty
3 years warranty
Info unavailable 3 years warranty
3 years warranty
Performance Info unavailable 30 G maximum acceleration
50 G maximum acceleration
Realtime sensitivity switching 25 - 5600 dpi
1 ms response time
Info unavailable 28 G maximum acceleration
8000 fps
Battery Info unavailable Info unavailable 1
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Cables Included 1 x USB cable - Integrated
1 x Mouse adapter - External
1 x USB cable - Integrated
Info unavailable 1 x USB cable - Integrated
1 x USB cable - Integrated - 6.6 ft
Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
Connectivity Technology Wired - PS/2
- USB
Wired - USB
Wireless - 2.4 GHz
Wired - USB
Wired - USB
Features Scrolling wheel
Adjustable weight
Programmable buttons
Scrolling wheel
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) feet
Built-in flash memory
Adjustable size
Adjustable weight
Programmable buttons
Rocker switch
Scrolling wheel
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) feet
Golden USB plug
Switchable resolution
Programmable buttons
Scrolling wheel
Sensitivity adjustment
Microsoft BlueTrack Technology
Programmable buttons
Scrolling wheel
Localization English / North America
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