After I had written the reviews for both the CM Storm Sentinel Zero-G and SteelSeries Diablo III Mice, I thought I had seen all there was to be seen with a gaming mouse, I was wrong. That’s not to take anything away from the other two mice, they are both amazing products. The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion is just simply in a different caliber of mice.
Today I bring you a review of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion gaming mouse. This is a mouse like no other. Never have I used a mouse with so much customizability, it’s really quite amazing. So without further ado let’s get into this.
Starting off with the front of the box, you can see the mouse itself without any modifications, as well as some of the accolades the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion garnered from some other major media outlets. The front of the box serves as more than just lip service though by giving us two key features.
- 6400 DPI Laser Engine
- Supports PC AND Mac
Moving to the back we can see a rather creepy Cyborg Rat Head… As well the top and bottom of the mouse. Getting a closer look at the top, Cyborg fills us in on some more cool features of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion.
- “18 User-Definable commands via 6 programmable buttons and 3-position mode switch.”
- “Precision aim mode–on-the-fly sensitivity adjustment steadies your aim at the touch of a button.”
What do those exactly mean you ask? I’ll tell you. Point one is simply stating that all the buttons on the mouse besides the DPI, Mode Switcher, and Precision Aim buttons are all completely customizable as to what commands they can handle. Point two states that the red button with a crosshair on it, that is resting peacefully on the left side of the mouse, yeah. Push that sucker in and it will dramatically slow down the mouse making head shots less of a skill shot and more of a common staple.
At the bottom of the box we get three more key features of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion;
- “Four User-Definable DPI settings.”
- “Remap programmable buttons and create custom macros with the powerful ST software.”
- Aluminum Chassis– Durable yet nimble, the solid frame forms the core for enhanced rigidity.”
Point one; press the button either up or down and you will cycle through the four preset DPI settings. Point two directly ties into point one, use the ST software and adjust the four preset DPI settings and save them to the mouse. As well you can remap the functionality of the programmable buttons and create custom macros to do…Pretty much anything you want.. Point three is really self-explanatory. The entire chassis of the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion is made of out aluminum, making this hands down the most well built mouse I have ever had the privilege of using. It feels like you could drop this thing off of a building and do more damage to the sidewalk than the mouse.
Opening the front cover you get another shot of that disturbing cyborg rat, as well as a breakdown of the customizability of this mouse, more on that later. On the right we have the mouse itself. Without even pulling it out of the package you can already tell that this is a well built piece of technology, it’s a glossy white with silver accents on the pinkie and thumb rest.
Once you’ve pulled the mouse out of the box and gasped at the weight of the behemoth, you will eventually find your way underneath the cardboard backing, where inside, laid inside foam, is the kit full of all your extra pieces.
Now before we start digging into the good stuff, let’s take a look at what comes with the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion. You get the Warranty info from Mad Catz, the product manual, as well as product catalog. And as you can see in the back, a whole bunch of different pieces to really make this mouse your own.
Speaking of the kit, here it is. Inside you get two different palm rests, one is extended while the other has a nice grippable rubber. You also get two different Pinkie rests; the first is an extender which looks a bit like the thumb rest (only better) already on the mouse, while the other is simply white with another piece of grippable rubber. What’s that at the top? It’s a storage kit for the weights, in case you want this mouse lighter, simply take some weights out and store them in the container, simple.
The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion itself is a beautiful mouse. Looking down from the top you can see your standard right, left, and middle mouse buttons. The button right below the wheel is the two-way DPI button I spoke of earlier. Push it up and it turns the DPI up a profile, push it down and you will go down a profile. What’s that black button up on the ridge next to the left mouse button? That’s the “Mode” Button. With each click it will change color (from red, blue, purple)letting you know which mode you’re in. Changing the mode changes what programming setup you will use. More on that when we get to the Profile Editor Software. As well we have a little wheel on the left side of the mouse. I haven’t actually found any purpose or function for this wheel as of yet, I’m assuming it’s a styling choice. It does show up in the Profile Editor Software as “Thumb Clockwise” and “Thumb Anticlockwise”. The palm rest can also be removed by pinching a clip on the button and sliding it off. Hidden underneath is a screw that can be loosened for pivoting the thumb rest in and out.
Moving to the left side of the mouse you can see there are three buttons. The first two silver buttons are for your basic page forward and back if using the internet, or can be programmed to do whatever you want in video games. The other button though, that little red one. Yeah, that’s the Precision Aim button I have been going on and on about. Hold that baby in and BOOM head shot.. Pretty much…
There’s not a whole lot going on here on the right side, but one thing there is here for interest is that the screw you see right in the middle, you pull that out and you can change the pinkie rest to whichever you prefer.
This the money shot right here. Eww, you sicko, get your mind out of the gutter. That giant shiny knob in the middle. Yup, that’s the adjustment tool. Simply unscrew him and you can take the screw out of either the pinkie grip or loosen the one in the top of the mouse (covered by the palm rest) for pivoting the thumb rest out. The screw you see in the bottom left corner is for sliding the thumb rest forwards and backwards. When Cyborg said that the R.A.T. 7 Contagion is completely customizable, they seriously meant it.
Hidden behind the nifty Little tool is the weights for the mouse. As you can see by the cutout on the bottom there is is five weights total. They are held in place by the screw tool that screws in to place to lock them in. Not to mention there is the Laser Engine that cranks out a whopping 6400DPI.
Before we get into the performance of this mouse, let’s take a quick look at the downloadable software for it. First off you have the product page, which we’re not going to show here due to not having any useful purpose in this review. The second page we have is the Settings page. Here we can change the DPI settings for each mode on a scale from 25DPI all the way up to a blistering 6400DPI. The second setting on the page is the Precision Aim feature. This is used to set how much holding down the Precision Aim button on the side of the mouse slows down the DPI. I really like the way the Cyborg Software was developed. It has a nice clean UI and is really simple to use.
Next up is the Programming page. Here we can adjust the functionality of almost every button available on the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion. But to add to that you can also set each profile up under a mode. That’s right, you can not only have four different DPI modes saved to the mouse, you can also save three different modes for button programmings as well. The support page doesn’t need to much explaining, go here if you have any problems, but in reality this software is so intuitive, unless you have a mechanical problem, I cannot see a reason why you would need support.
Now on to the main event. How does it perform while gaming? Amazing, O.K. review over… Seriously though…
As per usual we’ll kick this off with Battlefield: Bad Company 2. With the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion, I found the best DPI setting to be 2400DPI. Though the number may seem low, with how powerful the laser engine is on this mouse, 2400 DPI is extremely smooth which makes aiming extremely easy.
Next up Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter. For once I actually got to test different settings with Serious Sam. The last two reviews I found that simply maxing the mouse’s DPI setting to be the best choice for blasting all of Mental’s baddies. That was not the case this time… The laser on this mouse is so freaking fast at 6400DPI, there was absolutely no way I could consistently be dangerous with my arsenal of weapons. Instead keeping it down at a more mellow 5800DPI…. Was the best option.
What’s that? I’m still getting complaints about choosing Dragon Age: Origins? Meh, with the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion I kept the K.I.S.S. philosophy, Keep It Simple Stupid. 1800DPI, not to fast, not to slow, ’nuff said.
How many people here has played Crysis? How many have actually beaten the single player campaign? That’s what I thought. So many people are enthralled by the graphical prowess of Crysis that they seem to forget there is an actual storyline going on, albeit not an amazing one. Getting off track here though. Crysis was flat out annihilated by the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion here. 2600DPI + the Precision Aim button and I was absolutely unstoppable. I’ve always prided myself on the my head shot % while playing FPS titles. But with the Cyborg R.A.T 7 Contagion it makes achieving head shots so incredibly easy, it’s almost takes away the fun of getting a head shot, almost…
As for the last title? How about Go! Gaming Giant’s Official GOTY Game of The Year, that’s right, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I have spent so much time playing Skyrim, whether for testing purposes, or just for the sheer enjoyment it brings into my day. As with all the mice I have tested, Skyrim is really meant to be played at 2600DPI. The number may vary a bit depending on if you enjoy hacking and slashing or shooting a bow from a distance (hey, that’s what the precision aim button is for) but in reality, you take any of these high-end gaming mice and crank it to 2600DPI and you’re going to have an absolute blast gaming.
Overall, I was a bit skeptic of this mouse when I first read about it. But after testing it, everything that has been said about it is absolutely spot on. This is hands down the best mouse I have ever used. I cannot think of a single flaw, except for maybe the mouse buttons are extremely sensitive. But hey that helps me have more agile and nimble fingers…
From the very well laid out software, to the amazing amount of customizability. The Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion is an absolute beast when it comes to craftsmanship.
- Comfortable In My Hand
- Software Is Very Clean And Intuitive
- Extremely Customizable, Adjust The Thumb Rest, Change The Pinkie Or Palm Grip. The Choice Is Yours
- Buttons are extremely well Laid Out
- Mouse Wheel Rolls Super Smooth
- A Well Built Piece Of Tech
- Aggressive Styling May Not Be For Everybody
- Wish The Extended Pinkie Rest Or Thumb Rest Had Some Sort Of Grip On It (Personal Preference)
I am extremely honored to give out Go! Gaming Giant’s second Gold Award. I have no doubt in my mind that this is the best Gaming Mouse on the market, period. If there is a company who believes they have a better product, feel free to send it to Go! Gaming Giant and I will do a comparison review.
If you would like to purchase this amazing mouse for you or somebody you love you can so HERE, I highly recommend the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Contagion