in my opinion the rat7 is a piece of junk. unless you baby the thing or are generally very easy on mice you risk breaking it.
see all of those adjustable knobs and interfaces? that takes away from the structural integrity of the mouse. meaning if you drop it off the desk, are a little rough with it when you get frustrated in game, or something else happens you might break it much sooner then a typical mouse.
the best mouse for gaming is probably a logitech g series. i personally use a razer deathadder and it works fine but the rubber coating is not for everyone.
i wouldnt use a rat7 even if i was given one for free. i would hock it on ebay and buy something better.
just my opinion. of course "extreme pro gamers" who think they know better might try to state otherwise. the same people who think a $40 mousemat is going to make them play better.
As an owner of a RAT 7 my advice is to stay as far away from the brand as possible; 3 months in and it's already bricked. They're fantastic mice for a very short period of time but it will break, and the customer service is awful.
I've been looking for a new mouse for a week now and read hundreds of horror stories about the RAT 7, RAT 9 and RAT MMO7. They seem to have a flaw with the laser and only work for less then 6 months, people are also having huge problems with customer service and turn around time for a new mouse... which breaks quickly as well. Just google 'RAT 7 problem' to see pages and pages of unhappy customers.
Its a shame as I really wanted one. My old microsoft sidewinder is nearly dead and I cant get this model anymore (...
Well I´m a proud owner of a RAT 7, I used to have a razer, but I saw this one and I liked it so I bought it. That was more than 2 years ago and it stills works perfectly. No problems for me, great precision and just the necessary buttons to play many games. The mmo 7 is rather more for mmo games, like world of warcraft or similar, because of its macro functions.
I may be lucky, but this mouse is awsome for me and I´m not thinking of changing it for the moment.
a) I've read about 250 comments already today that scream "CYBORG IS BAD BUY RAZER". No offence to any of you, but the lot of ya sound like a bunch of Razer fanboys. Razer is good, as is Cyborg/Mad Catz. It comes down to preference, style, etc. I recommend trying both out at a local store.
b) I've read a few threads about bad quality, etc. I've used a R.A.T 3 for about 2, maybe 2 and a half years now. Has never let me down. Again, I'd recommend checking in-store.
c) It really does come down to personal preference. I'm considering upgrading to a R.A.T 7 as I love the feel of a R.A.T, and the weight and adjustment system is brilliant. If I was to give an actual piece of advice, it would be this:
Razer - For some performance depending on the model. Somewhat lack of features, and build quality is rumoured to be bad.
R.A.T - Feature heavy, weight adjustment, length, etc. Build quality is 50/50 between excellent and terrible. Sensors have bad history for some.
So yeah. Just remember not to limit your options to only these few. I enjoy other mice too.