With the Mad Catz R.A.T. 6+, the American product manufacturer has a device on offer that is located in the mid-range price segment. This mouse impresses with an unusual design, which we are already used to from Mad Catz. The test will tell you whether they try to distract from good performance with a crazy design and discreet RGB:
|DPI||100 – 12,000 DPI|
|Length||Min: 115.0 mm – Max:125.0 mm|
|Width||67 mm (front), 83.0 mm (rear)|
|Weight||120 g + Max. 15 g additional weight|
|Scope of delivery||R.A.T. 6+
Product information manual
Mad Catz Sticker
||€ 59.99 *|
Design and Features
The design of the mouse relies heavily on a mix of futuristic and cyborg, coming in a matte black look for the most part. On the palm rest, the adjustability is already indicated with measurement units in mm. This little “ruler” is well highlighted in a silver tone, as is the Mad Catz logo on the thumb rest.
The mouse’s total of three RGB zones with 16.8 million colors are located under the R.A.T. 6+ lettering, the DPI button, and under a honeycomb pattern above the thumb rest. A permanently lit indicator shows the current, freely configurable DPI level. However, this indicator is also the only one that cannot be changed in color.
The mouse has a total of 11 buttons, all of which are configurable. Particularly noteworthy is a second mouse wheel, which can be found within reach of the thumb on the upper side and can be rolled to the left and right.
A look at the bottom of the mouse reveals two other special features of the mouse. The base on which the R.A.T. 6+ is built consists of an aluminum plate and from below the additional weights can be seen. It is possible to attach up to three discs with a weight of 5 grams each to the mouse. The difference when fully loaded is easily felt and the movement of the mouse is a bit more cumbersome with it.
The scope of delivery of the rodent, which costs around 64.00 Euros according to the RRP, turns out absolutely ok. Besides a manual, you’ll only find the mouse itself with a sleeved cable, the user manual as well as Mad Catz stickers. The three additional weights are already inserted into the mouse.
Workmanship and technology
The matte plastic of the mouse feels good in the hand. The mouse offers very good control and the feel further supports that. Due to the thumb rest and placement of all buttons (and additional mouse wheel), the R.A.T. 6+ has been built for right-handed users only and is aimed at gamers with medium or large hands. While the mouse can be noticeably increased in length, there is nothing you can do about the width.
The mouse can handle any grip type without problems. The large back of the mouse, as well as the adjustable palm rest, speaks for the Palm and Claw Grip. For fingertip players, the side parts are pleasantly curved and provide grip.
The two main keys in particular feel precise with a short trigger travel. However, the high-pitched “click” noises initially convey a cheap feeling, which is absolutely not confirmed in everyday life and gaming.
The built-in Omron switches leave a very good impression and are good with a lifetime of around 20 million clicks. The other keys click more imprecisely, but still well. However, a shorter lifespan is given here. This varies between 1 and 5 million clicks.
Sensor and field test
The R.A.T. 6+ attempts to reach the everyday and fun gamer with PixArt’s popular PMW-3360 optical sensor. With the 250 IPS at 50G, the sensor is tops for slower games. Even in shooters, every movement was implemented as desired and there was never a feeling that the mouse was the problem in a failed shot.
Mad Catz has cleverly placed the button for adjusting the DPI, so that even during a game, the setting can be adjusted without thinking twice. The 4 levels that can be preconfigured are displayed right next to the left mouse button, so you never lose track.
During operation, every situation could be mastered with the mouse. All buttons were comfortable and sensible to use. Whether in long gaming nights or even much longer office use, the hand had a comfortable position and never lost its grip.
After connecting the mouse to the computer for the first time, it is ready to use. In order to tweak the RGB, DPI, or button assignments, the Mad Catz software, which is available for download on the mouse’s respective page, must be installed.
After a short familiarization, you can quickly find all the menus you are looking for and adjust the settings of the R.A.T. 6+ to your own needs. You can adjust the “Precision Aim” button for short-term DPI reduction as you need it, or set the polling rate to a maximum value of 2,000 Hz. The “Angle Snap” function can even be used to compensate for the finest “swings” in the movement, and drawing straight strokes is supposed to become easier.
In addition, the software allows you to freely assign all 11 buttons including both mouse wheels in both directions and even gives you the option to create your own macros and assign them to a button.
To customize the mouse visually, the software offers you five different effect types (Steady, Breathe, Rainbow, Color Circle and Color Chase) and 16.8 million colors.
Does Mad Catz now want to distract from good performance with crazy design and RGB? No absolutely not! The design does fall out of line with standard gaming mice, but that’s what we really liked about it. The ergonomics of the mouse are excellent and we wouldn’t want to miss the shape after just a short time. With other mice, the desire to adjust the length or perhaps take 5 grams out of the mouse quickly arises!
The light elements are not overloaded and we liked their discreet appearance very much.
The special feature of the additional mouse wheel was well received in our everyday life. However, we also think that if you don’t edit many pictures or cut movies, it can quickly seem superfluous. Here, everyone has to realize for themselves whether they can do something with it. In any case, it is not disturbing when not in use.
The main keys and the sensor performed the main task with bravura.
The slightly cheap-looking secondary keys pull down the otherwise very good impression of workmanship, sensor and main keys a bit.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a somewhat wider and robust mouse that offers sensible customization options and delivers top performance, you can grab this one without hesitation!