Aggressive styling and adjustable comfort all lit up in red.
- Genre: Mouse
- Platforms: PC
- Reviewed on: PC
- Game Supplied by: Little Big PR
The Mad Catz R.A.T 4+ is part of a big come back for Mad Catz, and boy does it deserve a medal.
I was stunned at how sharp and aggressive the 4+ looks, it has a very industrial “gamer” style with an open body and almost tube looking wiring running through it.
There is alot to look at. I love the style, if you are the type of person that would play Need for Speed and Fit your car with a 5 foot spoiler and the largest body kit you can find this will be right up your alley, imagine you combined a normal mouse with a Nissan Skyline, its awsome!
On the design front it’s not all looks, you get an adjustable palm rest on the rear of the 4+ makes for some really comfortable use, also you have thumb rest on the left side that comes in really handy as it allows you to rest your whole hand comfortably without dragging your thumb on your mouse mat, but it also helps you comfortably use the precision aim button on the left side.
This little gem of a button lowers your sensor speed right down for as long as you are pressing it, it makes your mouse movement so accurate to your actual movement that sniping will be easier than ever. The precision aim button is by far my favourite feature on the 4+, it took my whole game in Black ops 4 to a new level, made easy work of unlocking gold camos on the Paladin sniper.
Looking more into the feature set for the 4+, it also has a forward and back button neatly placed on the left hand side, an LED lit mode button next to your left click button, a dpi up and down rocker button above your scroll wheel and then as per usual your left and right click along with a really nice and smooth scroll wheel.
On the performance side the 4+ is no slouch with 4 memory modes that you can customise with the Flux interface it can be switched with a simple click of a button.
The hardware is also outstanding with OMRON switches that have a life of around 20 million clicks and a Pixart PMW 3330 optical sensor the 4+ is more than equipped for your next tournament, especially as it can withstand movement speeds of 150 inches per second and 30G of acceleration.
Now let me do a little bit of explaining about the Flux interface, you can download it for free and it will allow you to customise each of the modes on your 4+.
Allowing you to set specific button mapping on any of the given 9 programmable buttons, it will also let you customise the sensor resolution, Lift off height and usb report rate.
Lastly, and of course me being a big fan of flashy lights (especially on a mouse that looks like it has a damn body kit on it) you can customise the lighting effect for each of the modes.
The 4+ is very tastefully lit, with more of an ambient glow than a crazy over the top LED show, you can set the lights to static, breathing, flashing and my personal favourite, reactive where it flashes in when you click and breathes out quickly after.
Finally, my only two qualms with the 4+ are that first, I would have liked to be able to change the colour of the ambient glow, red is really nice but maybe even just the option of blue or red or even matching the mode colour assigned on the mode button.
Second, the adjustable palm rest can slide right off the back quite easily when you try to adjust it out.
The R.A.T 4+ is a stylish aggressive beast of a mouse. You might even say it’s less of a mouse and more of a… Rat.
My bad humour aside I would encourage anyone looking for a real performance mouse to give the R.A.T 4+ a try as i’m sure you will not be disappointed.
Bar a couple of small things its a outstanding piece of equipment.