Mad Catz: R.A.T. Pro X and R.A.T. Tournament Edition
The two mice that Mad Catz sent us for this test, the R.A.T. Pro X Gaming Mouse PixArt 9800 and the R.A.T. Tournament Edition, are immediately recognizable as originating from that manufacturer. The shell of the mouse, as far as you can speak of it, consists of separate parts that give these input devices a futuristic feel. The Pro X is one of the most expensive mice in this test at an average price of 158 pounds / 175 euros, but also completely modular. You can even replace the standard laser sensor with an optical sensor!
In the included luxurious storage box you can find a lot of accessories, such as different kinds of glidepads, scroll wheels and parts of the case that allow you to change the mouse in width and length. It will not appeal to everyone, but this Mad Catz is certainly something special. Note that for the best sensor performance you have to use a hard plastic mouse pad.
With an average price of 77 pounds / 85 euros the R.A.T. Tournament Edition is a lot more affordable. There are still more than enough buttons and the design is no less unique, although the mouse itself is not modular. Thanks to the compact size this mouse is especially suited for a claw- or fingertipgrip. The used Philips PLN 2034-sensor is one we have not seen before, but it performs well in terms of lift-off distance and speed. Across the board we do measure negative acceleration.