RAT 8+: Mouse MadCatz Review and Unboxing and full analysis

Meet or be reminded of RAT 8+, the top-of-the-line mouse from MadCatz. And watch our unboxing

After a few years of its release, the top of the line among the mouse MadCatz, the RAT 8+ (which we talked about during the brand return for Brazil, announced at BGS 2019), despite being a few years old, it continues to do its job very well and deliver one of the best performances among gaming mice we've tried. After having used several ball mice, going to the first optical mice on the market, using laser mice, mice of Gamer brands like Razer, Logitech among others, we can say that the RAT 8+ offers a complete experience with a mouse from start to finish.

Due to the age of this mouse, current price and what it delivers, the RAT 8+ is an incredible peripheral, guarantees precision, agility and doesn't owe anything to the latest models, not even to its “younger brothers”. So, if you didn't know about this powerful gaming mouse, it's time to get to know it. If you already knew it, then it's time to remember it and put it on your shopping list. And if you're thinking of buying a new gamer mouse and you're on a tight budget, let's introduce you to this great option.

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The MadCatz RAT 8+ mouse

After an experience of unboxing wonderful and a passion at first sight for the robotic look of the MadCatz mouse, I went running to see the software settings and see everything that the little mouse was capable of. Watch the unboxing video

RAT 8+ Unboxing / Overview Video

Peripheral hardware

First, the RAT 8+ mouse has simply exceptional build quality, the MadCatz in a nutshell, you made a product that doesn't fail. Quality materials, quality hardware and impeccable workmanship. the bowels of peripheral they are impeccable. After opening several mice and checking all sorts of games such as hot glue, ridiculous solders, poor contact and even the use of powdered graphite to “guarantee” the operation.

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switches

Equipped with OMRON switches with a guarantee of 50 million clicks and a sensor Pixart PMW3389 16,000 DPI. It can be said that the RAT 8+ is one of the best built mice, quality cables, welds with care and quality material. The impression that comes with seeing the little mouse disassembled is that there is an almost handmade care in the quality of assembly.

It is not an easy task to open the mouse, definitely, a lot of things can go wrong and even for those with experience, they may not notice a hidden screw and end up forcing the plastic more than it should and breaking the mouse. I don't recommend opening yours, so I opened mine for you to see inside and have no problems.

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Precision Adjustment

The various buttons that come with the RAT 8+ are touch buttons and not switches, after all the mouse board is very small and it is very complicated to put switches for the entire mouse. But that's not a problem because they're buttons that aren't used at the same frequency as the main ones. The side buttons are also touch, which disappointed me a little, but with good quality.

Still, I believe there is space to be placed switches What would be much more compatible with the price of the mouse. Don't doubt the durability of the touch buttons, they have been in the industry for many, many years, and they have an extremely absurd durability, they are resistant to dust and sometimes humidity.

Build quality of RAT 8+

The Mouse housing and the spare parts that come with the product are made of metal and plastic of excellent quality. After 1 month using the mouse very aggressively. It did not show any marks of use, not even a scratch. Not even when my cat did me the favor of knocking him off the table (about 80cm). The material with a textured and rubbery feel, did not wear out, changed color or any form of use was shown. It is worth saying that, even though the finish is matte, the material leaves many fingerprints.

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It is worth saying that, during the opening process of the device, you can clearly see that many of the marks through which the light passes are made by laser and do not use a Double Shot Injection. I took the test with a small key scratching very hard to get out.

In normal use, even though for years it will be something extremely rare to get out, after all a lot of force was used to remove the paint from the piece. In the main part where the model's logo appears, it follows the same type of approach, but with a varnish being placed over the paint, which guarantees much more resistance to abrasion. I tried with the same amount of force to remove the paint and it didn't come out, only the small scratch remained.

THE AUTHENTIC RAT 8+ OPTICAL GAMING MOUSE - White
  • Multi-button functionality for maximum precision and control: scroll wheel, left click, right click, dpi button, forward, backward, precision button, profile button adjustable dpi - up to 16000
  • Precision button increases or decreases sensitivity for in-game sniping flux; software to customize your settings and lights, unlimited user profiles, program buttons
  • Store 4 user profiles on mouse using on-board memory- switch using profile button omron switches - 50 million click lifetime side scroll wheel - customizable
  • Adjustable palm rest and pinky support - swap palm rests and pinky support out for even more customization tunable weight system - weights can be added or removed to customize mouse
  • 3 rgb led zones - customize your gaming experience with up to 16.8 million customizable colors

Ergonomics

Still within the physical part of the device, in addition to all the construction and quality of hardware one of the biggest highlights of RAT 8+ is to be a extremely ergonomic mouse

Thought to be adaptable to basically any type of hand, we are afraid that the grip would not be 100% good for each of the most standard types of grip. But, the mouse masterfully fulfills this role. The buttons are well placed and stay out of the footprint, but still easily accessible, without having to juggle a button. Even the famous sniper button is very easy to access.

Demonstration of palm regulation
RAT 8+ palm length / height adjustment

Palm Footprint

For palm footprint, the mouse offers length adjustment and also with its spare parts the mouse has to be taller, which is ideal for larger hands in this type of grip. All the while leaving the mouse in contact with the user's palm.

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Claw Footprint

For claw footprint, the mouse contracts a lot and is extremely comfortable, does not screw anywhere and the adjustment key does not touch the palm of your hand, which guarantees comfort.

For all footprints, the RAT 8+ comes with two straight sides, which depending on your need, are very useful. In case you have any difficulty in holding the mouse with the ring and minimum fingers, the mouse accompanies a textured and rubbery side, which increases grip and comfort.

For palm footprints where the player makes many arm movements, I recommend exploring the side that suspends the support of the ring and little fingers. This prevents these fingers from touching the mousepad making it easier for the mousepads to slide.

Fingertip Footprint

Now, if you, like me, have a more mixed footprint, drawn to the fingertip footprint. I recommend using the taller palm, more retracted on the mouse and the rubber side, to ensure the grip.

Button adjustment

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In addition to adjusting the length of the mouse, it has an adjustment for the macro buttons, where the mouse can be made wider or narrower and the buttons can be adjusted so that they are closer to the front of the mouse or closer to the back of the mouse. Regulating this part becomes indispensable in any footprint type, having access to the buttons in an easy way is something that needs this adjustment as a prerequisite. In addition to increasing comfort and improving the grip of the mouse footprint.

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The RAT 8+ cable is very solid, and with braided nylon, in general this adds a lot of resistance to the cable but is lost on the other side, which is the ease of movement. The cable within that 1 month has not yet lost the folds caused by the original packaging, and even placing it suspended, as in a bungee mouse, it makes movement a little difficult, you can feel the movement twitch a little

And last but not least, the RAT 8+ has a weight adjustment system; the mouse has 3 rings and can increase the total weight of the mouse from 127g to up to 145 when using the 3 rings together. Particularly I think the heavy mouse and use it without the included weights, but it will taste

RAT 8+ Software

The mouse software is somewhat complex at first, it takes a while to understand where things are and what the settings do; but nothing that 5 minutes testing and experimenting is not enough to master the software.

The mouse has 4 profiles, each with its fully customizable color. Within each profile, we have the same settings, 4 DPI stages, all customizable buttons, 3 RGB led on mouse, with effects and several other adjustments and optimizations.

The button settings are really numerous, it is possible to program a sequence of keys that will be used on each of the buttons. For a shooting game player with more classic mechanics, like CS: GO it is something that is uncomfortable to have so much button. But, for players of more modern games, the number of macros supplies and much any player.

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Mad Catz Mr05dcambl00 The Authentic Rat 8+ Optical Gaming Mouse - Windows
  • Multi-button functionality for maximum precision and control: scroll wheel, left click, right click, dpi button, forward, backward, precision button, profile button adjustable dpi - up to 16000
  • Precision button increases or decreases sensitivity for in-game sniping flux; software to customize your settings and lights, unlimited user profiles, program buttons
  • Store 4 user profiles on mouse using on-board memory- switch using profile button omron switches - 50 million click lifetime side scroll wheel - customizable
  • Adjustable palm rest and pinky support - swap palm rests and pinky support out for even more customization tunable weight system - weights can be added or removed to customize mouse
  • 3 rgb led zones - customize your gaming experience with up to 16.8 million customizable colors

RGB Chameleon

A within the Flux Software there is a tab called Chameleon where the RGB lighting settings can be accessed. In this regard, the mouse has a considerable amount of effects; but some seem to do the same thing as others, the changes are very subtle in these cases. In general, the effects are basic and explore colors well. After all, the mouse is very beautiful and matches any gamer setup you have, even with the LEDs off.

Now the part that I liked most about the RAT 8+ software was the correction of the grip angle. Once again the software helping with ergonomics.

Angle correction

If you, like me, hold the mouse with your wrist slightly tilted to one side, the software helps to correct this so that if you move the mouse from left to right and they are placed diagonally in your hand , the cursor movement is rendered as a completely horizontal movement rather than diagonal movements. It's very difficult to explain in words, but I hope you understand. This adjustment gives you the option of correcting up to 30 degrees each side for your grip, which ensures more precise movements.

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Software provide footprint angle correction

High refresh rate

Anyway, one of the configurations that became available on the mouse reboot, was the polling rate. In the vast majority of mice, we have a rate of 1000Hz, which guarantees 1ms of response time. In this model, it is possible to put this update rate up to 2000Hz, which becomes 0,5ms of response time. Ideal for professional players who depend on the least amount of input lag possible. Also keeping up to date with the latest monitor technologies that are based on 0.5ms response time.

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Configuring Mouse Response Times

Datasheet

DatasheetSpecifications
ModelRAT 8+
Model numberMR05DCINBL000-0, MR05DCINWH000-0, MR05DCAMBL000-0, MR05DCAMWH000-0
sensor namePixArt PWM3389
Sensor TypeOptical
DPI (Stitch Per Inch) Max16000
IPS (Inch Per Second)400
Aceleração50G
polling fee2000Hz/0,5ms
FormatErgonomic, right-handed
grip styleUniversal
Number of buttons11
Profile4
SwitchOmron, 50M
adjustabilityWrist Support, Weight
Lighting16,8 million, RGB color
extra accessories2 wrist rests, 2 little finger rests, 3 removable weights
Dimensions (W x W x H)119 x 88 x 39 mm
Weight (g)157
cable typebraided fiber
Cable length1,8M
System requirementsWindows® 7, 8, 10

Quick FAQ

When installing the driver, the error appears: “cannot connect to server or need microsoft.net Framework 3.5”

Drivers need to install Microsoft.net Framework 3.5 to work properly, address Microsoft official download.

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How to change the functions of the Next and Precision buttons

Uninstall the original driver and go to the official Mad Catz website to download and reinstall the latest driver.

Right / Back / Forward / Precision / Profile buttons don't work or the mouse stops working. How to solve?

Unplug the USB and replace it with another port. 
Reinstall the driver. 
Open the driver and click to restore factory settings

About functional errors of drivers. how to solve?

Uninstall the original driver and go to the official Mad Catz website to download and reinstall the latest driver. If the problem persists, leave a message at [email protected]

How can I set a button to be inactive?

It is not possible to set the buttons to have no functions.

Final thoughts on the RAT 8+

In simple words the mouse is ergonomic, beautiful, well built, well thought out and well executed. I am happy that MadCatz is returning to the Brazilian market. In addition, it is returning with a more affordable price to the market, we basically see the price practiced abroad (considering the very high tax rate in our country).

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Due to the difficulty that people have in finding a mouse that fits the grip of their hands; RAT 8+ is one of the most guaranteed options for success in this regard. In addition to the well done construction, generates a mouse that will last for the rest of your life.

Anyway, the mouse is functional, robust, with software that makes it much more adaptable for all scenarios and on top of that, the mouse is very beautiful with its cybernetic look. However, technologies and construction from the structural level to the mouse board level still weigh much more than these small defects pointed out.

Now, leave in the comments if you knew or used the RAT 8+? Do you like the product? Leave your opinion and enjoy to read more about Hardwares e tech on our website.

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