Three weeks ago I reviewed the impressive Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion Gaming Mouse, thinking it was the complete gaming mouse, which really only lacked in its lack of wireless capabilities. The good news today is that we have just that; a wireless gaming mouse with the same features as the R.A.T. 7, with a few extras. Although there are many that wouldn’t justify the need for such a mouse, I can assure you that no one would decline having one if cost wasn’t considered. To gamers, and non-gamers alike, I present to you the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse.
“Take the lead and lose the wire with the top-of-the-range R.A.T. 9. The power and performance of the R.A.T. 7 combine with next-generation wireless technology for an unsurpassed gaming experience.”
With the R.A.T. 9, you’ll find the same quality in the sensors and movement as you would in the R.A.T. 7, only made a little easier without the cord being in your way, something gamers can sympathise with. There’s no need to dive into the details about the response, button features or PC support and setup, you can read up on those in the R.A.T. 7 review.
Being a wireless device, a receiver is almost always required, which is no different here. At first glance at the included receiver, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Cyborg team got this all wrong, as the size doesn’t match the description. The good news, though, is that the receiver is merely that, it’s also a charger for the device’s batteries and storage for the weights. The R.A.T. 9 is powered by custom Lithium Ion batteries, which have an average lifespan of up to 4 days of normal use, and 9 hours of continuous gaming usage. With 2 batteries included in the contents, you are assured of continued use without worrying that the batteries will fade because if it does, you can simply switch the current battery with the one that is charged.
There have been many design awards and great reviews for the design and theme of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion Gaming Mouse. If I had to choose between the two, I undoubtedly choose the black, matt finish R.A.T. 9. The two main reasons for this is that the R.A.T. 9 does not pick up dirt as quickly, and also offers more grip that the polished R.A.T. 7. Even in regards to the theme, I’d much rather choose the black finish compared to any other colour. Although the colour is and should be irrelevant, you can’t help but feel the black theme is just more suited to design and type of mouse this is, allowing the metallic silvers of the adjustable parts to be more pronounced.
Even the presentation of the box in which all Cyborg devices are packaged within deserve some attention. Although the boxes for both the R.A.T. 7 and R.A.T. 9 aren’t the easiest to unpack, they certainly do look the part.
In addition to the already impressive features found on the R.A.T. 7, there are a few more added to the R.A.T. 9, mostly due to the fact that it is a wireless device that requires batteries. Oddly enough, the On/Off button found underneath the R.A.T. 9 isn’t shown in most images in which this device is reviewed, not even on the official website itself. I can assure you it’s there (as shown in the image above), allowing you to turn the device whenever it’s not in use. The second feature is the ability to enter into sleep mode whenever the device is not in use for a period of time. This feature has two stages, the first being the standby mode after which a simple move of the mouse turns the device back on, and the second a deep sleep mode requiring the click of a button to bring it back to life.
As with the R.A.T. 7, I found myself interchanging the extra parts included, which can be seen below. I found it strange that the setup I found most comfortable when using the R.A.T. 9 was different to that of the R.A.T. 7, simply because they feel slightly different.
Again I found myself using this mouse for any computing requirement, be it on my laptop or desktop PC. Simply connect the receiver to whichever device you require and use at your leisure. This mouse even works on a few tablets with USB and mouse support, which is an added bonus. With costs in excess of R1000 (averaging around R1100), however, this gaming mouse might not be affordable for most, let alone justifiable. With its sleek design, quick response, wireless capabilities and host of customisable buttons anyone would be tempted to purchase the R.A.T. 9, I know I would. This mouse speaks for itself, and until you actually use it, you should not question how ridiculous and over the top it is or even the high price. In all honesty, I too had the same pessimistic stance on such a device, but after using this and the previous R.A.T. 7, I’ve been constantly on the lookout for a good deal in order to purchase either.
I would have loved to give this device a 5 star rating, but stopped short only because of the unnecessarily large receiver, even if it does double as a battery charger. Although the R.A.T. 7 also received a 4.5 rating, the R.A.T. 9 is definitely better, but there isn’t an option of a 4.8 or 4.9 rating, which it certainly deserves.
As promised, I’ve tried to include a wallpaper for each reviewed device. You can find the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 wallpaper here.