With the news of MadCatz declaring bankruptcy a lot of gamers have been interested in buying up reduced price stock. We were able to get our hands on a MadCatz RAT 1 mouse for just under £13.
Initial thoughts on the mouse and its packaging leave something to be desired. The lack of a premium feel and design of the packaging doesn’t give you goosebumps. The packaging itself is somewhat difficult to get into too.
Once you finally get the mouse out, you are greeted with a shell of what appear to be a mouse. It looks like half of it is missing. Though, I guess this means that the mouse is lighter and easier to move around. Even if that different will be hardly noticeable.
The white and red exterior does make you feel as if this mouse belongs in an eSports tournament. It’s unorthodox design and shape presents a certain charm that other mouses have not been able to replicate. There is a reason why people love these mouses, it’s the unique design and aesthetic that keeps bringing people back.
The mouse is a little too small for my hands, I find the base of my palm resting a little too close to the mouse mat. It hasn’t caused any major irritation or damage, but I do personally prefer my mouse to have a clear gap between the mouse mat and my palm.
The small pamphlet included in the packaging does mention that this mouse can be used as ‘base’ model to be upgraded. This does explain the lack of mouse. Though, given that MadCatz is no longer operating as a company, these parts will be hard to source and even harder to replace in the years to come.
I tested this mouse with titles such as Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 as well as games like Battle for Middle Earth 2. I have no issues regarding its performance for the price that it comes at. Though, it’s important to note that I paid a heavily discounted price due to the company’s bankruptcy. I would not pay the RRP that the mouse was priced at.