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Published on May 24th, 2013 | by Greg


The Best Mobile Mouse For Gamers: MadCatz R.A.T. M

If you have a laptop and you’re a serious gamer, chances are that you’ve been looking for a decent mouse to use. Sure, desktop mice of all make and models are pretty solid- whether wired or wireless, you have no shortage of options. But for something a little more compact, easier to travel with and still fully-featured, we’d suggest a careful look at today’s piece of excellent gaming gear.

From the DNA of the MadCatz line of peripherals comes the slightly-smaller-but-still-very-serious R.A.T. M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse. We’ve looked at several of the bigger brother models, and generally, have given the line kudos for the visual aesthetic and design as well as the durable build quality and gamer-focused feature set. This one is no different. 6400 dpi, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless, a nano dongle that is as small as any we’ve seen- it’s clearly a high-end piece of gear.

The adjustable palm rest is a less adjustable, and the extra buttons aren’t quite as nicely tactile- but there are still 12 in total, and 10 of them are programmable, which is way better than any other wireless mouse with nearly this small of a footprint. It’s not quite as comfortable- larger hands might feel they dwarf the thing- but it’s perfect for those with smaller hands and never cramped our style. Some prefer rechargeable batteries, while this one uses two AAAs that make it easy to change them out on the road, and they last a long time as well. In fact, they are rated to last up to a year on a single pair (!) and we used the mouse for over a month without needing to replace them.

Compatible with both PCs and Macs, it looks and feels good. And the R.A.T. M is available in four colors- white, red, and two shades of black (matte or glossy). For everyday email users, it’s probably overkill. But gamers in need of a mobile solution, meet the best available input device. Purchase now, in stores, online from Amazon or from MadCatz directly for $120-$130.


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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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