A lot of the highly popular gaming mice out there would usually come from established brands like Razer, SteelSeries, Logitech and so on. This is mostly because they have been around for a really long time and their products are well known to be reliable. Nonetheless, lately the variations in their products’ designs particularly with regard to their mice seem to be rather stagnant. Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Logitech and I own several gaming mice such as the MX-518, which I’ve used for 6 years now, and the latest G9x, which I’ve had for only a couple of months. They’re great in themselves but recently I attended a Mad Catz convention somewhere near my neighborhood and they seem to have really great looking mice as well. Granted, they aren’t exactly cheap but their designs are bold and really sleek looking.
The Mad Catz Cyborg MMO 7 gaming mouse caught my eye as I was browsing the display of their products simply because the colors used were bright orange with a tinge of red and black. The contrasting colors alone were enough to hold my attention. I took a closer look and I was impressed by how the buttons are laid out in a seemingly haphazard manner, yet they seem to make sense and most of them are easily accessible with your different fingers. This gaming mouse is also a lot like its predecessor, which is the RAT 9, in terms of its looks but unlike the RAT 9, the MMO 7 isn’t wireless and has a lot more functions to it. As far as wireless gaming goes, the RAT 9 wireless gaming mouse is one of the better options available to you because it can be highly customized to your liking. You can alter the weight of the mouse by removing or inserting 5 weights of 6 grams each to make it lighter or heavier depending on your preferences. When totally removed, the entire weight of the Cyborg MMO 7 is only a mere 3.7 ounces. With all the weights inserted, the mouse will have about a 1/3 increase in weight.
I mentioned earlier how the MMO 7 seemed so much more complicated than the RAT 9 and indeed it is. The RAT 9 only has 6 programmable buttons (which is more than the usual average of the other gaming mice) while the MMO 7 has 13! Based on these gaming mouse reviews, I discovered that the Cyborg MMO 7 has up to 6400 DPI and it is equipped with laser sensors so you wouldn’t have to be worried about its precision. I couldn’t help but feel that the price tag seems a bit ridiculous though. This is considering the fact that Mad Catz hasn’t been around for a very long time and with such mind-blowing designs, a price tag of $130 for the MMO 7 does make the company seem a little over-confident in their products. On the other hand, you could argue that the RAT 9 was priced at an even higher $150 so a slight reduction in price with an improvement over the previous model would justify its current $130 price tag.
Nonetheless, if there’s one thing that annoys me most about the gaming mouse, it is that the mouse has this feature called the ActionLock. This new system basically allows you to lock down the function of a particular mouse button when you click both of them together. If you were to compare this to the best gaming mouse (the DeathAdder 2013, IMHO), you’ll understand why the Mad Catz MMO 7 gaming mouse is severely lacking in this regard. To remove the auto-locking system, you’ll have to click the mouse button again. Frankly, the inclusion of this particular function in a perfectly fine gaming mouse befuddles me. I couldn’t, for the life of me, think of a useful purpose that this would serve, but that’s probably just me. Anyway, I found that due to my innately longer and larger fingers, I tend to activate this function often unintentionally and I have to constantly deactivate it again. It becomes really annoying after a while and you just wished they didn’t try to include this highly unnecessary function just to make the mouse a little more unique than its competitors.
There’s also the issue with the mouse button layout. Initially, I did find some of the location of the buttons rather comfortable and nicely placed but some of them are simply out of reach and you’re required to lift part of your hands to activate them with the closest finger possible. It might take a little bit of practice to fully get used to it. If you like to have an organized button layout that flows logically based on their numbered arrangements, you might want to stay away from this mouse because the buttons are simply all over the place and if you can’t remember the settings of each button, you’ll be lost constantly. As I said, you really need quite a significant amount of practice to enjoy using this particular gaming mouse.
I can imagine the fun you’ll have once you’ve mastered the button placements though, simply because the unique positioning of the buttons will actually allow you to execute them far better than you would be able to if they were placed side by side or if they were all located in one tiny region of the mouse much like the Razer Naga mice. Still, despite the excellent design and features, I can’t shake off the notion that I’m being ripped off with the absurd price tag of $130 for a wired mouse. I would imagine that their wireless gaming versions would be considerably more expensive and if they are, it would be a really bad idea on their part. Heck, I could almost acquire 2 sets of Corsair Vengeance M60 or the Roccat Kone Pure wireless mouse with this budget.