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Written by Dave Bagnall on Thursday, February 11th, 2016

There are few products in gaming as Iconic as Mad Catz’ R.A.T. series. Since the Original R.A.T.7 was launched 5 years ago to critical acclaim, we’ve unleashed multiple design variants onto the market, each designed with the ‘core’ gamer in mind.

With the RAT PRO Series, we’ve raised this bar much, much higher – unleashing Mad Catz next generation of gaming mice. Lead by the R.A.T. PRO X – the most advanced gaming mouse in the world, and the R.A.T. PRO S – a tournament grade gaming mouse designed for competitive gamers. But for some, the RAT PRO Series maybe too ‘serious’ a gaming mouse to be used every day, or may be outside of their budget.

With that in mind, we proudly introduce the R.A.T.1 – a high-performance gaming mouse made for everyday that features a gaming-grade 3500dpi Pixart PMW 3320 optical sensor and an undeniable style that is uniquely Mad Catz. A groundbreaking new concept in what a PC Gaming Mouse could be – the R.A.T.1 features an innovative modular design, 3D printing and personalization options that you can truly make it your own.

We haven’t compromised our ideals in any way. The R.A.T.1 skeletal Tripod Chassis is detachable, so it’s possible to remove the ‘brain’ Sensor Module, making it perfect as a reduced size travel mouse.

There’s more though – you can change your Palm Rest – not with one we are selling, but with your own design. Download the 3D CAD Modelling Data for our palm rest socket so you can design and produce your very own with a 3D printer – easily accessible at your local design store. How cool is that. And we’ve future-proofed it – with plans to bring out new chassis color options, new Sensor Modules and new 3D Printable files.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the newest iteration of its iconic gaming mouse, the Razer Diamondback. The rejuvenated Diamondback features enhanced ergonomics, the world’s most precise sensor and Chroma LED lighting.

A standard for high-performance gaming since 2004, the Razer Diamondback featured the world’s first optical sensor in a gaming mouse, and its form factor and functionality was developed with the best eSports athletes of the time. Its lightweight design, responsiveness, ergonomic shape and on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment quickly established it as the gaming mouse of choice for professional gamers. The Razer Diamondback went on to win numerous awards globally, and it remains a highly sought after and bestselling mouse to this day.

The new Razer Diamondback stays true to its predecessor’s design ethos, but takes advantage of the latest advances in sensor technology to give gamers a mouse worthy of the legendary Diamondback name.

“Razer has always developed hardware for the world’s most ambitious gamers, and the Diamondback was one of the first mice created with feedback from eSports players to ensure dominance at the highest levels of competition,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We have taken the incomparable Diamondback design and updated it with the best technology available today to create a mouse that will delight new and longtime Razer fans alike with a competitive edge that will do justice to the legacy of the Diamondback name.”

Building upon the form factor of its predecessor, the new Razer Diamondback retains the slim, ambidextrous design, giving both left- and right-handed players an equally comfortable grip in a highly mobile form factor. The side buttons have been strategically placed to allow easy access whether used in the right or left hand. The sculpted design suits a variety of grip styles and hand sizes, perfect for long-term play and the new rubberized grip pads give more control during liftoff or fast swipes when the action gets hectic.

Utilizing the very latest in sensor technology, the Razer Diamondback is equipped with a 16,000 DPI sensor, giving unmatched tracking accuracy. Coupled with Razer’s Synapse software, gamers can customize their Diamondback 1 DPI at a time for perfect tracking accuracy no matter their styles of play. With a lift-off cut-off distance adjustable down to 0.1 mm, players can now swipe and reset with more confidence than ever that accidental drift will not affect their performance.

The new Razer Diamondback would not be complete without Razer’s customizable Chroma lighting, giving gamers a choice of 16.8 million colors to choose from. With multiple lighting locations and the option to synchronize the lighting with other Chroma enabled products, gamers can create a truly personal gaming setup.

Making full use of Razer Synapse, macros, functions or shortcuts can be assigned to any button on the new Razer Diamondback, and then saved to the cloud for immediate use on any PC. Every detail, from individual game profile and set-ups to DPI resolutions and color schemes can be modified, saved and utilized with full integration into the Razers Synapse software suite.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION/SPECIFICATIONS

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 9 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft. braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x  30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs. (without cable)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7/ Windows Vista®/ Windows® XP (32-bit)/ Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, license acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

Price: US: $89.99 /EUR: €99.99

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LOS ANGELES (E3 2015) – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the world’s most advanced gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba. The successor to one of the leading wired/wireless gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba is powered by the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

The new 5G laser sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. The 5G laser sensor is also the world’s most precise – with its ability to track up to 1 DPI increments (as opposed to the current industry standard of 50 DPI increments). The next generation gaming mouse sensor is also able to track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, reducing on-screen jitter so your aim stays on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor in the new Razer Mamba was designed to be an extension of your natural hand movement.

Razer’s latest gaming mouse also features the patent pending, revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology. One of the most important facets of a gaming mouse is the click force – and in the past, gamers have had to adapt to a mouse’s click force or be compelled to search through a multitude of mice and switches to find the perfect mouse button click force.

With the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, instead of having to adapt to a mouse’s set click force, this revolutionary feature allows gamers to freely adjust the level of click force needed to activate the left and right mouse buttons, from distinct clicks for high accuracy actions such as sniping in FPS games to lighter presses for rapid fire action needed for MOBA games. The Razer Mamba’s Adjustable Click Force Technology is capable of up to 504° turn, providing users with a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay.

“The original Razer Mamba was launched six years ago and, even today, is the gold standard for a wireless gaming grade mouse,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Our enhancements to the Razer Mamba with the most precise laser sensor and the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, together with the industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology, leave us ahead of the curve when it comes to gaming mice.”

Also launching today is the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition wired gaming mouse, specifically designed for eSports athletes. Featuring the same precise gaming mouse sensor, ergonomic form factor, and advanced Chroma customizable lighting as the wireless Razer Mamba, the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition embodies the absolute best elements an eSports athlete needs to dominate in any tournament.

Both new mice join the Razer Chroma line of devices, which includes an array of mice, keyboards and a headset. Each Chroma enabled product comes with the option of 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects through Razer’s cloud-based hardware configurator, Razer Synapse. Razer Synapse also allows the Razer Mamba and Razer Mamba TE to sync lighting colors and effects with other Chroma enabled devices.

Additionally, the publicly available Razer Chroma SDK allows game developers worldwide to directly interact with Chroma enabled devices, displaying lighting effects directly on the peripherals for a more immersive experience to gameplay. For more information, interested parties may visit http://developer.razerzone.com/chroma/.

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Razer Mamba:

  •  16,000 DPI laser sensor
  •  210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  •  Adjustable Click Force Technology mouse buttons
  •  9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  •  Wired and wireless connection mode with 1 ms response time
  •  Magnetic charging dock
  •  Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)*
  •  Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  •  Razer Synapse enabled
  •  2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber USB charging cable
  •  Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 42.5 mm /
  • 1.67 in. (Height)
  •  Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs.
  • *Life expectancy of the battery depends upon its usage

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition:

  •  16,000 DPI laser sensor
  •  210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  •  9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  •  Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  •  Razer Synapse enabled
  •  2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber cable
  •  Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x 42.5 mm /
  • 1.67 in. (Height)
  •  Approximate weight: 133 g / 0.29 lbs. (with cable)
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ROCCAT’s ambitious MMO-hybrid gaming mouse is here. With its completely hot-swappable side button grid, the ROCCAT Nyth represents a new standard in gaming gear customization. The Nyth adapts to the individual preferences of every gamer, regardless of genre. With loads of out-of-box configurations, the Nyth is a modular marvel with unlimited combinations tailored to gamer specificity. In its out of the box configuration the Nyth offers 36.738 different combinations using 33 buttons, plus side-grips “We’ve loved cracking the challenge of the Nyth,” says René Korte, founder and CEO of ROCCAT Studios. “Making a mouse so deeply customizable was a great test for our creative and design teams. What we ended up with was not only a one of a kind MMO-centric piece of gaming equipment, but a mouse that is a chameleon. Turn it into a MOBA mouse, an FPS weapon, and more; any gaming configuration for any genre you can think of. That’s what the Nyth brings to the table.”

Nyth provides massive out-of-box customization options for the average gamer, to the competitive pro. However, ROCCAT wanted to create even more extendibility, and this is where 3D printing came into play. Soon after Gamescom ’15, ROCCAT will launch an online 3D printing library with enormous button theme variety, tons of ergonomic options and additional special parts to individualize your Nyth. The “Build your victory,” philosophy behind Nyth is baked into the core of this amazing gaming mouse, where every individual gets to decide exactly how they want to give themselves the perfect edge. Says René,” Each Nyth is like a fingerprint. No two will be exactly alike; every gamer will have their own unique, custom gaming tool to play with.”

With the Nyth, ROCCAT launches Swarm, their new unified driver software. One software suite for all products, a new multi-language UI and a mobile companion app makes Swarm today’s most sophisticated driver, further defining ROCCAT’s future ready philosophy.

 

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Razer announces the new Razer Mamba, featuring the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

LOS ANGELES (E3 2015) – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the world’s most advanced gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba. The successor to one of the leading wired/wireless gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba is powered by the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

The new 5G laser sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. The 5G laser sensor is also the world’s most precise – with its ability to track up to 1 DPI increments (as opposed to the current industry standard of 50 DPI increments). The next generation gaming mouse sensor is also able to track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, reducing on-screen jitter so your aim stays on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor in the new Razer Mamba was designed to be an extension of your natural hand movement.

Razer’s latest gaming mouse also features the patent pending, revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology. One of the most important facets of a gaming mouse is the click force – and in the past, gamers have had to adapt to a mouse’s click force or be compelled to search through a multitude of mice and switches to find the perfect mouse button click force.

With the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, instead of having to adapt to a mouse’s set click force, this revolutionary feature allows gamers to freely adjust the level of click force needed to activate the left and right mouse buttons, from distinct clicks for high accuracy actions such as sniping in FPS games to lighter presses for rapid fire action needed for MOBA games. The Razer Mamba’s Adjustable Click Force Technology is capable of up to 504° turn, providing users with a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay.

“The original Razer Mamba was launched six years ago and, even today, is the gold standard for a wireless gaming grade mouse,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Our enhancements to the Razer Mamba with the most precise laser sensor and the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, together with the industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology, leave us ahead of the curve when it comes to gaming mice.”

Also launching today is the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition wired gaming mouse, specifically designed for eSports athletes. Featuring the same precise gaming mouse sensor, ergonomic form factor, and advanced Chroma customizable lighting as the wireless Razer Mamba, the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition embodies the absolute best elements an eSports athlete needs to dominate in any tournament.

Both new mice join the Razer Chroma line of devices, which includes an array of mice, keyboards and a headset. Each Chroma enabled product comes with the option of 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects through Razer’s cloud-based hardware configurator, Razer Synapse. Razer Synapse also allows the Razer Mamba and Razer Mamba TE to sync lighting colors and effects with other Chroma enabled devices.

Additionally, the publicly available Razer Chroma SDK allows game developers worldwide to directly interact with Chroma enabled devices, displaying lighting effects directly on the peripherals for a more immersive experience to gameplay.  For more information, interested parties may visit http://developer.razerzone.com/chroma/.

 

Product Features:

Razer Mamba:

  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Adjustable Click Force Technology mouse buttons
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Wired and wireless connection mode with 1 ms response time
  • Magnetic charging dock
  • Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)*
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber USB charging cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x  42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs.

*Life expectancy of the battery depends upon its usage

 

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition:

  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x  42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 133 g / 0.29 lbs. (with cable)

 

PRICE:
Razer Mamba: US: $149.99/EUR: 179.99€
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition: US: $89.99/EUR: 99.99€

– See more at: http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-unveils-the-worlds-most-advanced-gaming-mouse#sthash.jI3Nv2EY.dpuf

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Written by Ex0du5_2169 on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Ambidextrous gaming mouse? Yes, yes you can!

The EVGA Torq X10 Carbon is a mouse I have grown to love while testing it. They really have tried to cater to everyone with this device and I believe they have done so very well!

The finish is optimised for grip and comfort, adjustable DPI settings on the fly with LEDs to mark which level you currently have it set to, 4 additional programmable buttons (2 on each side) allow for the same experience whether using it right or left handed. There is even the ability to change the LED backlight colour to suit your mood or the colours of the rest of your setup. Another popular feature has also been added, an extendable palm plate for those who have larger/smaller hands, while the range of movement is minimal; sometimes even a slight adjustment can make all the difference in the world.

Having used it for around a month now I can definitely say I am happy with the features, durability and ergonomics of this mouse. While it would be nice to have support for both thumb and 3rd/4th fingers on either side, I understand that this may detract from the purpose of providing a universally compatible mouse to suit the needs of those who are either left or right handed. The optical sensor allows for precise tracking over most surfaces though having a proper mouse mat will always give the best response.

A comfortable and grip oriented finish!

A comfortable and grip oriented finish!

The mouse works right off the bat, as you’d expect. You don’t need any software to get most of the finer features to work, like some other devices, it’s just there, at your fingertips. However, you will need the software if you want to use the 2nd set of side buttons or adjust the profiles, this is provided free of charge on the EVGA website, it will also update your firmware to the most recent version. The software itself is easy to use and allows the assignment of all buttons to different tasks, as you would expect. The DPI profile settings are adjusted with sliding bars scaling from 200 up to 8200, a range that will suit almost everyone.

In all; I have to say I love this mouse, if I were the sort of person to give awards I would most definitely give it a gold, while the lack of finger/thumb support is a drawback for me it doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the device. I would highly recommend that you at least give this mouse a try, you won’t regret it!

I’ve been writing for Dave for a few years now and I love it, there is always something new to research and test! I hope you enjoy my work!

Before writing I worked in IT for around 11 years and have been an avid gamer for much, much longer. I tend to enjoy everything except sports games, but I’m not above testing them if they’ve tried something new. Give me a Space 4x any day of the week!