Mad Catz have used C.E.S. this year to reveal a new mouse in their awesome R.A.T. line-up. Titled the R.A.T.TE, or R.A.T. Tournament Edition, it’s described as being “designed for the professional and competitive gaming community.”
First of all it features a new Phillips Doppler-laser sensor with an extreme DPI of up to 8200. The overall weight of the mouse has been kept as light as possible thanks to the use of plastic which replaces the usual metal frame seen in the range, though this does sadly mean that the removable weight system of previous R.A.T. mice is not present.
The R.A.T.TE will also allow for customisable lift-off height and surface detection.
“We launched our original R.A.T. line of gaming mice four years ago, and we’re pleased to continue expanding this highly successful range with the announcement of the Tournament Edition model,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.TE is another example of our ongoing commitment to building high performance hardware for the passionate gaming community.”
While I am rather unsure of whether there’s a large market for such a focused, lightweight mouse, especially since pricing has yet to be announced and it’s likely to be high, there’s no denying that this is an impressive piece of kit. I don’t hide the fact that I’m something of a fan of Mad Catz and the products they’ve been putting out over the past few years, and this new addition to the line-up has me genuinely excited.
I mean, seriously, just look how sexy it looks! Most of the changes are on the inside, but that paint job is sweet. With any luck I’ll be able to review it when the times comes and let you know if it’s as good as it seems.
The Mad Catz R.A.T.TE is expected to ship early 2014.