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Mad Catz Debuts Cyborg R.A.T. Gaming Mice And Wireless Litetouch Keyboard

Mad Catz Debuts Cyborg R.A.T. Gaming Mice And Wireless Litetouch Keyboard

Mad Catz has been a prevailing name in the console accessory market for years, offering up affordable third-party solutions (mostly controllers and gamepads) for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and all the console generations before it. But the crowded PC peripheral market has generally forged ahead without too much input from this company. Today, that all begins to change, with the company offering a number of high-grade PC products for pre-order on Amazon.



Originally announced at CES and CeBIT this year, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is a "twin-eye" device with a 5600DPI sensor, ergonomic grip, adjustable features (length + height) and removable 30g weighs to get the feel "just right" for whatever gamer ends up buying it. Users can also pre-load the mouse with four DPI settings that can be instantly switched to when gameplay gets intense or you change titles, and the five programmable buttons + a 3-position mode switch allows for up to 15 user-set commands. The Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse is also up for order, with this one having most of the same features, but it uses a 2.4GHz wireless connection in favor of a USB cord. The R.A.T. 3 and 5 are also joining the party, both of which are designed for more casual users rather than the hardcord gaming crowd.

Finally, the Eclipse Wireless litetouch Keyboard offers a wireless 2.4GHz connection, an integrated 360-degree trackball with left/right mouse buttons and a low-profile backlit platter of keys. There's also an 3-in-1 LED with touch input, enabling users to toggle between media mode, numeric keypad mode and MyEclipse mode (customizable). Look out Logitech and Razer, competition's rolling in!


Eclipse® Wireless litetouch™ Keyboard and Cyborg® R.A.T. Premium Gaming Mice Among New Products Available For Pre-Order

San Diego, April 08. 2010

Mad Catz™ Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz” or “the Company”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider today announced that its new range of lifestyle Eclipse-branded accessories and Cyborg R.A.T.-branded premium gaming mice are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.


Announced to critical acclaim at the 2010 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and the 2010 CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, the new range of products are due for release in Summer 2010 with consumer interest continuing to prove substantial based on online traffic received since the launch of the two websites (www.eclipsetouch.com and www.cyborggaming.com) designed to inform and update consumers on the benefits of the new product lines.

Products available for pre-order on the Amazon.com website include the following:

·                                Cyborg R.A.T. 7  Gaming Mouse

Featuring a new generation “twin eye” 5600DPI gaming grade laser sensor, the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse is highly ergonomic and adjustable.  Built on a metal chassis and designed to be comfortable over sustained gaming sessions, it features an interchangeable palm rest, adjustable pinkie grips, adjustable length, width and height settings and removable 30g weights.

Gamers can program four DPI settings which can be instantly recalled via an integrated toggle switch, allowing gamers to strategically switch DPI settings mid game.  The DPI setting can be programmed as high as 5600DPI.  Precision Aim mode allows gamers to hold down a button and temporarily slow cursor movement during heated battle.  5 programmable buttons combined with a 3 position mode switch allows for a total of up to 15 user definable commands to be available to the gamer at any one time.  Cyborg ST Software included in pack allows gamers to remap programmable buttons and create custom macros.  The R.A.T. 7 is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                             Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse

Featuring next generation, ‘latency-free’ 2.4GHz wireless technology freeing the gamer from tethered operation with zero lag or dropout, the Cyborg R.A.T. 9 Gaming Mouse operates via a custom rechargeable battery pack and comes complete with a desktop charging system and an additional battery pack.  Designed with comfort in mind, the R.A.T. 9  features the same interchangeable palm rest, adjustable pinkie grips, adjustable length, width and height settings as featured on the R.A.T. 7, while a full 45g of removable weights allows for an even greater level of weight customization.

Similar to the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Gaming Mouse, gamers can individually set the x and y-axis DPI of the power ‘twin eye’ 5600DPI gaming grade laser sensor and store 4 individual DPI settings which can be instantly recalled via an integrated toggle switch.  Precision Aim mode allows gamers to hold down a button and temporarily slow cursor movement, steadying aim during heated battle and 5 programmable buttons combined with a 3 position mode switch allows for a total of up to 15 user definable commands to be available to the gamer at any one time.  Cyborg ST Software included in pack allows gamers to remap programmable buttons and create custom macros.  The R.A.T. 9 is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                                Cyborg R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse

Featuring a true 4000DPI gaming grade laser sensor the Cyborg R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse conceals innovation and speed beneath its armored appearance.  Gamers can program four DPI settings which can be instantly recalled via an integrated toggle switch, allowing users to strategically switch DPI settings mid game, programmable all the way up to 4000DPI.  Precision Aim mode allows gamers to hold down a button and temporarily slow cursor movement, thereby steadying aim during heated battle.  4 programmable buttons combined with a 3 position mode switch allows for a total of up to 12 user definable commands to be available to the gamer at any one time.  The R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse adjusts to suit the gamers preferred style, allowing for custom length adjustment and the 30g of removable weights stored underneath the mouse can be added or subtracted in order to create a truly bespoke experience.  Cyborg ST Software included in pack allows gamers to remap programmable buttons and create custom macros.  The R.A.T. 5 Gaming Mouse is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                    Cyborg R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse

The entry level weapon in the Cyborg R.A.T. line, the R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse provides performance and comfort for any gaming application.  High speed movement and aiming is catered for via the swift 3200DPI gaming grade laser sensor.  Gamers can program four DPI settings which can be instantly recalled via an integrated toggle switch, allowing gamers to strategically switch DPI settings mid game, programmable all the way up to 3200DPI.  3 programmable buttons on the R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse allow gamers to assign preferred actions to each of the buttons and the 3 position mode switch allows for a total of up to 9 actions to be programmed to the buttons at any one time.  Powerful Cyborg ST software included in pack allows gamers to remap programmable buttons and create custom macros, all via a powerful and intuitive new user interface.  The Cyborg R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                                Eclipse Wireless litetouch Keyboard

Communicating over a wireless 2.4GHz connection, the litetouch Keyboard features an integrated 360° trackball with left and right mouse buttons, negating the need for a separate mouse and proving ideal for living room internet surfing.  Low profile backlit quiettouch™ scissor keys combine with intelligent power control, reducing eye strain, extending battery life and allowing users to operate in a dimmed environment.

Located to the right of the physical scissor keys, the unique litetouch LCD 3-in-1 touch panel provides the user with unprecedented control over their digital life.  With a single press, the LCD 3-in-1 touch panel switches between media mode, numerical-pad mode and ‘MyEclipse™’ mode, providing the user with a host of commands which can be used to provide dedicated controls for a multitude of activities from replicating a simple office calculator to controlling a complex media center configuration.

Powered by an internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, the Wireless litetouch Keyboard provides up to 20 hours of use between charges.  The Wireless litetouch Keyboard is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                    Eclipse litetouch Keyboard

Sharing the majority of features of its wireless variant, the Eclipse litetouch Keyboard has been designed specifically for desktop operation.  With its metal finish, top cabinet and quiettouch™ low profile backlit scissor keys; the Eclipse litetouch Keyboard is an eye-catching addition to any office or study.  With the same touch-sensitive LCD 3-in-1 touch panel as found on the Wireless litetouch Keyboard, users can access media, surf the internet and perform office tasks at a touch of a button.  Assignable MyEclispe keys combine with touch sensitive brightness and volume controls, allowing for a powerful and highly adaptive user experience.  The litetouch Keyboard is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

·                                Eclipse mobilemouse™

Designed specifically for consumers on-the-go, the Eclipse mobilemouse features impressive technology and sophisticated good looks.  Robust in construction, the mobilemouse uses premium hard-wearing materials with a die cast frame, ensuring that the mouse will stand up to the most demanding of commuter or business use.    The low profile Scroll Ball allows for 4 way 360° scrolling, and the 1600dpi laser technology ensures smooth operation on a variety of surfaces.  Fully wireless, the mobilemouse utilizes 2.4GHz technology and a ‘nano-dongle’ for an unobtrusive appearance and rock solid connection at all times.

Complete with a protective Carry Case and fully Mac® compatible, the Eclipse mobilemouse is ready for work whenever or wherever you are.  The mobilemouse is compatible with Windows™ 7, Vista™ and XP™.

All products listed above can be viewed and pre-ordered now at Amazon.com
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Transformers!!!!!!!!! Mouses in disguise!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yeah I definitely wouldn't have thought of Mad Catz going into the PC market.  Even though I'm not that fond of Mad Catz, good for them. The mouse doesn't look that bad... I'll have to check it out sometime.

lol la_guy_10, as long as Michael Bay doesn't touch the mouse I'll be fine.  I don't want it to explode... or a dog humping my mouse =/

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Where have I seen that before?  Oh yeah....

 

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News:
offering up affordable third-party solutions (mostly controllersand gamepads)

I have not played consoles for years, but I have always thought of madcats as cheap controllers. Not cheap as in low price, but cheap as in bad quality.

 

Also That is one ugly mouse.

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I happen to be quite fond of this mouse's appearance, Bob. I've been drooling over it ever since it first showed up at CES. I'm definitely getting a RAT 9 when it becomes available. I just wish they had given a release date so I could start properly counting the days :P

Quality is something I look forward to finding out about. I'm glad to see it for sale on Amazon, as I'll return it if it sucks, but since Mad Catz bought up Saitek and supposedly made them in charge of these sorts of things, I think it'll be alright.

I also happen to be in the market for a wireless keyboard, so I'm quite pleased by what I hear about the new Eclipse one. I'm especially excited for the fact that it has backlit keys, as no other wireless keyboard I've seen does that, and I game on a couch in a darkened room.

Thanks for the heads up, HH, otherwise I might have missed that snazzy keyboard. I need to start saving my pennies!

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Lev_Astov:
Quality is something I look forward to finding out about. I'm glad to see it for sale on Amazon, as I'll return it if it sucks, but since Mad Catz bought up Saitek and supposedly made them in charge of these sorts of things, I think it'll be alright.

I didn't know that. I have a Saitek Joystick that I really like. This does look like something Saitek would make.

Marius Malek:

What is the fanaticism for cutting edge keyboard/mouse combos? 

I have a default Dell Keyboard/Mouse and I game just as effectively as people with a $100 mouse. When I used to play World of Warcraft, I was more effective than people in my party with those keyboards specifically designed for WoW macros.

As far as FPS games go a good mouse and mousepad makes a big difference. I am not saying a good mouse makes me better than someone with a basic mouse, but it does improve your game. With Wow it may not make as big a difference, but for sniping a mouse with 2000DPI and nice Teflon feet with a nice mousepad is going to be more precise.

As far as nice keyboards go. I wouldn't buy that. A nice keyboard with something like cherryMX switches is nicer to type on. Cheap keyboards use rubber domes under the buttons. They have a soft mushy feel. Different keys will require different amounts of pressure and there is no nice click you feel that lets you know the key has been pressed.

If you use either for a extended period of time you would not wanna go back. Trying out a nice mouse is not going to help, because you have to develop the muscle memory. Using it for a quick trial you will just overturn things.

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A keyboard going by the name Eclipse but it isn't made by Saitek.... Not sure about that.

 

BTW, the Saitek Eclipse keyboards are pretty nice. I got the first version and it is still going strong. Only thing is that the paint is wearing off on some of the keys and the backlit isn't that even. But I don't look at my keys when I type so it doesn't matter. All that matters is that it feels comfortable and it didn't cost me much.

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My experiences with them have been much like Bob's: I quit buying MC controllers years ago because they were poorly constructed and favored "looking cool" over practical use.

Unless they've really improved, I wouldn't even be surprised to hear of a kid losing a finger using this new mouse.

(If they have improved, feel free to jump in with your own experiences, anyone)

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Quick question: 

What is the fanaticism for cutting edge keyboard/mouse combos? 

I have a default Dell Keyboard/Mouse and I game just as effectively as people with a $100 mouse. When I used to play World of Warcraft, I was more effective than people in my party with those keyboards specifically designed for WoW macros. 

I used to own a MC controller when I was like 12 years old, the thing was orange, bulky, and ugly. I never really understood the purpose of it, other than the light inside of it to illuminate the controller at night. 

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LOL 3vi1, great comparison! I like the looks of this mouse but how comfy can it get with my hand? :) I need a new mouse soon, my mouse is falling apart with the casing(I can't lock the weight storage in Stick out tongue) It's my fault for dropping it so much though xD.

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SO now mad Catz is trying to get more of our money? I hope this is not a 100dollar mouse made as cheaply as their other stuff.

Everything I have ever owned by them has not lasted more than a year. Especially PlayStation controllers.

This company has always been good at giving us cheap reproductions of other successful product at a mere fraction of the cost. They just never hold up! If this is only 25dollars compared to logitechs 100dollar one, then maybe.

I might try these two if the price is right. I just hope they can change their image and give me something that wont disintegrate after a few months.

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animatortom:

SO now mad Catz is trying to get more of our money? I hope this is not a 100dollar mouse made as cheaply as their other stuff.

Everything I have ever owned by them has not lasted more than a year. Especially PlayStation controllers.

This company has always been good at giving us cheap reproductions of other successful product at a mere fraction of the cost. They just never hold up! If this is only 25dollars compared to logitechs 100dollar one, then maybe.

I might try these two if the price is right. I just hope they can change their image and give me something that wont disintegrate after a few months.

 

Probably the only good Mad Catz product was the Street Fighter 4 Tournament Edition fighting stick. And I believe the reason for that was because they used Sanwa parts.

 

I did own an Xbox (original) Mad Catz controller and it has worked well. I'm sure that it still works to this day. I guess I was lucky. Wink

 

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Well maybe they have stepped up their game? I used to get their controllers because they were inexpensive.

Yet I remember they lasted about as long a each new game that I bought.

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The rat 9 better be badass for 130 dollars

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