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Mad Catz's Updated RAT Mice Lineup Slated For Holiday 2016 (Update: Now Available)

Update, 10/17/16, 8:13am PT: The RAT series of gaming mice is now available.

For the second half of 2016, Mad Catz will turn its attention to its RAT mice lineup. Specifically, the company will upgrade six of its mice (the RAT 1, RAT 4, RAT 6, RAT 8, RAT Pro S+ and RAT Pro X+) with adjustable parts, RGB lighting and new software.

The main goal for the company is to ensure that you can use palm, claw or fingertip grips with its mice. To that end, each mouse comes with at least one adjustable part. With the basic RAT 1 mouse, you can conform the palm rest to fit your personal grip, but the top-tier RAT Pro X+ has multiple adjustable parts including the palm, pinkie and thumb rests, scroll wheel, and glide feet. Most of the mice also have a max DPI setting that ranges between 5,000-12,000. However, the Pro X+ also features swappable sensor modules so that you can have a max DPI of 5,000, 8,200 or 12,000.

Most of the new peripherals also include Mad Catz’s new RGB lighting "Kameleon" software. Obviously, you can choose from the full color spectrum so that your mouse stands out from the rest of your gaming setup. Then again, with almost every peripheral company heavily invested in the RGB lighting craze, your new RAT mouse will probably just add to your gaming PC light show.

A new RGB lighting system means that you’ll need to tweak the colors from a software app. Mad Catz is also coming out with a new app called the FLUX Software Interface, from which you'll be able to change the lighting colors, DPI settings and macro button assignments.

The company didn’t provide a specific date for release, but it expects the lineup to be available before the holiday season. Pricing for the mice is not available yet, but you can expect it to come out shortly before release.

Mad Catz RAT MiceRAT 1RAT 4RAT 6RAT 8RAT Pro S+RAT Pro X+
ChassisPlasticPlasticAluminumAluminumPlasticMagnesium
Weight60 grams90 grams120 grams (max 138 grams)145 grams (max 163 grams)80 grams110 grams
Cable Length1.8 meters1.8 meters1.8 meters1.8 meters1.8 meters1.8 meters
ConnectionWiredWiredWiredWiredWiredWired
SensorOpticalOpticalLaserOpticalOpticalOptical/Laser
Max DPI1,6005,0008,20012,0007,2005,000/8,000/12,000
Button Life5 million clicks20 million clicks50 million clicks50 million clicks50 million clicks50 million clicks
LightingSingle colorSingle colorKameleon RGBKameleon RGBKameleon RGBKameleon RGB
Macro Buttons691111810
Number of Profiles/Modes133339
Swappable Sensor ModuleNoNoNoNoNoYes
Adjustable WeightNoNoYesYesNoNo
Adjustable Palm RestYesYesYesYesYesYes
Adjustable Pinkie RestNoNoNoYesNoYes
Adjustable Thumb RestNoNoNoYesNoYes
Adjustable Scroll WheelNoNoNoNoNoYes
Adjustable Glide FeetNoNoNoNoNoYes
MiscNonePrecision Aim-On-board memory included-Precision Aim-On-board memory -includedPrecision Aim-On-board memory included-Precision Aim-On-board memory included-Precision Aim-Analog Strafe
  • sillynilly
    Had a RAT for a couple of years and loved it. Currently using a Logitech G502, but would look to the RAT rods again.
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  • engineer5261
    The rat race is on
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  • HDB
    Are rat drivers stand alone, or doe we have to use the cloud like Razer.
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  • falchard
    I never really liked the rat. It was a good design except for 2 things. I never liked the plastic they used. The side buttons always annoyed me.
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  • DeadlyDays
    I liked everything about their mice except the sensor. The sensor is way too oversensitive which makes the mouse unreliable. A spec of dust or a single hair and suddenly the mouse doesn't work, or the vibrations from a subwoofer cause the mouse to wander around the screen without even turning the subwoofer above medium. Sometimes high sensitivity specs are a bad thing
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  • techjwalker
    The RATs were great mice back when Saitek made them. In fact, everything Saitek made was substantially higher quality until Mad Catz bought the company and started substituting lower-quality components while charging the same price.
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