A MadCatz RAT 5 and 1 I bought then. The RAT 5 cos it’s what everyone buys who wants a decent mouse that does what they want it to (more on that later), and a RAT 1 cos’ its cheap. Hey, what’s £14.99 for a mouse in the premium segment, after you’ve convinced yourself that £37.99 is a bargain for a GREAT mouse, when of course you can get a mouse on a wire that works just fine for under a fiver. The RAT 1 has appeal. It’s hollow, for a start. I feel I can trust it.
The RAT 5 however, I didn’t know how good it was until I unwrapped it.
[This is a serious review, wait til the end – DO FOLLOW ME
First of all, it does what you want it to before you’ve even installed the driver. Namely, to move the cursor. And click. click clikc
It has more colours than you could ever dream of, they try to tell you, that is, 16.7 million, to illuminate it, and the scroll devices (y on the front, x on the side, unlike the Apple wireless mouse, where scroll involves blowing in its general direction and it will take you five screens away). You DO have to pull off the little sticker over the optical (note, not LASER sensor, cos apparently that’s not as good as OPTICAL) sensor. – Quick Intermission, I have to confess, I’ve got both “mice” connected to my USB ports and can use them both independently! – Next you install the driver, for the RAT 5 (the RAT 1 doesn’t have one for the Mac) and open it. Weird menu. dpi adjustment per mode. The button below the scroller wheel lets you switch between the modes. Higher mean more sensitive, BUT, you’ve got to click the APPLY button at the bottom of the slider to activate that, then you’ll see. So trial and error. I find that making Y more sensitive than X is more natural for a motion that involves not moving the bowl of you hand too much. Horizontal is easy, Vertical is more like jacking off. You don’t want to do it, with your mouse. Rather, fine up and down movements, so you’d might like those to be more sensitive. Hence the option. The rest on that menu, of the Settings on the Edit Profile menu when you click it (not I didn’t say select..). Precision aim, I set it to around 72%. Your choice, I’d say, first fix the different modes in perhaps ascending order, and then on the fastest one, play with this option and see what you need to still be able to find your way back home. Note, the £50+ apple wireless mouse is only 1600dpi so I wonder why it’s all over the place.
So, before I loose myself in this, Adjust the sensitivity and try shutting the window, as it will prompt you to SAVE, which is what you MUST do. must DO!
Then,, fool around. See what THE MOST USED ITEM in YOUR PALM will, YES, Can Do. People spend more on their cars which they TOUCH a FRACTION of the time (do I love capitals). There’s nothing like looking at your mouse which looks like a TRANSFORMER next to you, glowing in the COLOUR you programmed it to, does. And you can change it. At will. Which German piece of engineering does that to you. A Merc or Beamer will glow at you in the metallic or white tinge you blessed on it, upon ordering, not that I know what that’s like as I only buy second hand cars.
I’m still drawn to my RAT 1. It’s pitifully neon and hollow, and yet it resonates. And it’s light and plastic, (want to say Plasticcy but it doesn’t let me, Apple, cheers). Just perched there for action
Anyway, you might still want to go to System Preferences to alter the scroll speed and double click motion, you know what I mean, and BANG there’s your setup.
Now enjoy that piece of sophisticated black matte nestled in your palm.
And I totally forgot, don’t ever touch a Dell mouse again, it will remind you of what the real thing is like. Hairy. Curly hairs, stuff you don’t want to see
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