The products of the American company Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., formerly known domestic users for Saitek brand, includes the full range of gaming peripherals, in which, inter alia, includes gaming mouse Tournament Edition series, discussed in detail in the reviews R.A.T. TE and M.M.O. TE. Unlike previous models, are good in weight due to the use of metal chassis, the mouse in addition to the original setting sizes get relief body and weight of 90 grams and 100 grams respectively. In 2015, the company has removed the main flaw R.A.T. gaming mice, is the lack of built-in memory, and announced a series of models PRO – transformer R.A.T. PRO X with three interchangeable sensors and even lighter than the TE Series models, the mouse Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S, weighing only 77 grams. Here we will consider it further in the text
Original box with beveled edges received additional clear plastic cover that allows the mouse to consider before buying. The box is equipped with explanatory inscriptions in different languages, for the localization of the responsible sticker with a printed list of the main features.
Package consists of:
Traditional for modern gaming peripherals are invited to download from the official site.
Make notes the following features Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S:
If TE Series mice had several varieties of color schemes, the Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S is represented in one – black with bright yellow and silver elements: using a combination of matte black plastic coated soft-touch (soft-touch) for elements that are in contact with the palm and glossy black plastic with a bright yellow accents in consisting of two parts of the housing.
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PFET) legs and status plated USB-connector for the traditional gaming mouse from Mad Catz. Cable Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S 1.8 m long attracted the attention of a bright yellow color and the unusual thickness, especially noticeable on the background of the mouse compact dimensions that make up the approximately 111 × 86 × 35 mm in view of the site for the thumb. Collar with Velcro for fixing the cable in a folded state is removable.
Brand division into a number of different elements in Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S does not involve transitions between the body, the main separate buttons, rear panel and side panels, visual elements are perceived separately.
The LED indicator of the selected resolution reduced the number of positions from four to three, and moved to the ledge on the left button closer to the scroll wheel.
On the left side provides a platform for the thumb, there are additional buttons: from Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S narrow and elongated horizontally – two standard navigation buttons and the so-called.. sniper mode, by default, reducing the sensor sensitivity.
Form of Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S is asymmetric, the mouse is designed for right hand, additional buttons on the right side no.
Glide provides 5 medium sized complex shape legs 4 arranged symmetrically and the leg at the site of the thumb.
The Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S is set PixArt PMW3310 sensor with infrared illumination, located almost in the center of the conventional device at an angle of 90 degrees. The main buttons are used switches Omron D2FC-F-7N with the stated resource of 20 million keystrokes.
Also located at the bottom of the profile switch button and three-color (red, blue, purple) LED selected profile.
PRO Series got built-in memory, allowing you to use the software without installing the drivers of virtual devices. Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S is defined as a HID-compliant mouse.
For testing we used the software version 126.96.36.199, which consists of two separate applications resident RATProS_Profiler.exe, whose icon appears in the system tray, and APP.exe to call graphical setup menu, which is accessed as a double click on the tray icon, and with the help of a single shortcut on your desktop.
The program has English interface that against the background of locations over the previous model looks rather strange.
When you first start the firmware updated to version v1.18.
Section «PROGRAMMING» allows you to customize any of the other buttons, including the right mouse button, switch button, scroll wheel and resolution for each of the three user profiles, are available standard keyboard and separate buttons, icons graphically presented signed.
It is possible to zoom icons and toggle the divisions in the context menu invoked by right mouse button.
Be able to create profiles with the ability to write to a file and download the file, three of which can be saved in the internal memory. Profile number is selected by pressing the button «APPLY».
For a software switch, use the button in the upper right corner of the main window of the program, for the hardware – the button at the bottom of the mouse.
Each profile may be associated with a specific program, switching is correctly at the exit from the program will return to the default profile (assigned by the user).
You can create a custom combination of keys (macro).
Processed only pressing keyboard keys, mouse operations are not supported, nor is it possible startup files.
Macro Editor has two modes, basic and advanced with the processing delays when entering.
Each macro can be copied in the section «FAVORITES» via the menu button to the right of access of any profile.
In the «SETTINGS» can configure a virtual sensor rotation for users who prefer to move the mouse at an angle, and select one of the modes separation height settings – or calibrated under the dynamic surface with the height ranging from 1 mm to the surface.
Other settings for some reason called on the button with a gear wheel in the lower left corner of the section «PROGRAMMING».
The resolution for each of the three levels set in the range from 50 to 5000 dpi (Dots Per Inch, DPI) in increments of 50 DPI. Supported by independent adjustment on horizontal and vertical axes. The selected user profile levels are independent.
To change the resolution or sequential switching by one button, you can use any of the custom mouse buttons.
Sniper mode button can be reassigned to the side button on any custom. Resolution explicitly set with the possibility of independent adjustment for both horizontal and vertical axes.
Port Sampling frequency is selected from the standard 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz and 1,000 Hz.
Separately, you can note the ability to turn off the corner binding providing an increase in positioning accuracy in games.
The support section provides links to instructional videos, programming manual and the electronic version of the brief on connection management. Here are available links to download drivers and software, the profiles (not available for this model at the time of this writing), as well as the database of questions and answers and feedback form.
When testing revealed one feature, which consists in a noticeable creak left button is pressed. According to information received from the manufacturer, this effect can be observed in the first game and is covered by warranty. However, the audit showed that the active use for about a month creaking eliminated without further user intervention.
The sympathies of the author to a small computer mice with light weight made themselves felt: in the use of the mouse were much more comfortable than the TE Series model.
Pressing the basic and additional informative buttons location is not satisfactory, customizable hull reduces dependence on the size of your palm.
At the wheel of a mechanical encoder with 24 positions. The specific location of the wheels below the normal level does not affect use. The coating provides a good grip. Wheel rather quiet in the scrolling and pressing, pressing an average information content. Extraneous noise is not noticed during testing.
Because of the design features of the left and right buttons have a backlash in the horizontal plane, which, however, does not affect the information content clicks.
Cable, although the thickness was quite soft so as not to cause discomfort. It is worth noting that some users may seem unusual connection of the cable on the left side of the mouse.
From subjective features include the convenient location of the ring finger in the recess between the rear panel and the side and the lack of practical use for the author in the back of the slope.
Testing was carried out on carpets A4Tech 600MP, Corsair MM200, SteelSeries QcK mini, NOVA Winner 3 and Razer Goliathus Speed.
Used sensor provides accurate positioning, which also contributes to the ability to disable a corner anchor pronounced depending on the surface is not observed, although traditionally for sensors with light in the infrared fabric carpets may be preferable.
When you connect to the tablet ASUS Nexus July 2013 (version of Android 6.0.1) via OTG-cable mouse is defined as the Mad Catz Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro S.
Noticeable delay when such use is not detected, switching profiles and permissions works correctly.
Mad Catz R.A.T. PRO S impression of quality development concept presented in a series of TE. Minimum weight, reduced size, the presence of internal memory and proprietary capabilities adjust the size and shape of this model provides a convincing claim to leadership of the lung gaming mice with so many buttons for users who consider the retail price of 6,000 rubles acceptable.