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MadCatz announces modular, customizable R.A.T. 1

The excellent line of R.A.T. gaming mice continues with MadCatz’ R.A.T. 1.

“With a gaming DNA derived from the award-winning R.A.T. PRO Series, the R.A.T.1 re-envisions what a gaming mice could be with its innovative modular design and unique customization options,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.1 sets a new standard in design and personalization, appealing to both passionate gamers and casual users alike – allowing us to broaden the appeal of our R.A.T., range and drive our PC business into 2016 and beyond.”

Just when you though the RAT line couldn’t get any cooler, we get the RAT 1, possibly the most customizable mouse ever made for retail audiences. If you’re not familiar with the name, you should be, as MacCatz has been making some of the coolest PC gaming mice out there.

And with this one, the latest in the series, I can’t see as there’s anything else that you could feasibly want from a mouse. The RAT 1 features “an innovative modular design, 3D printing and personalization options that enables users to truly make it their own.” What’s that mean? Well, basically you can play with it as it comes, or 3D print your own parts and make it truly a custom piece of equipment.

The RAT 1 has three components that you can switch up and change out to suit your tastes; the Tripod Chassis, the Sensor Module, and an Adjustable Palm Rest.

Here’s the specifics on what’s included:

Ultra-lightweight and made from the same materials used in Mad Catz’ tournament-grade gaming mice, the R.A.T. 1  Tripod Chassis provides a high-strength frame for its module components. Seated inside the Tripod Chassis, an adjustable 3500DPI optical Pixart PMW3320 gaming-grade Sensor Module provides the brain of the R.A.T.1. Instantly detachable from the Tripod Chassis, the Sensor Module can be used by itself as a remarkably compact laptop mouse or re-joined to chassis to form a strikingly attractive desktop mouse. For those seeking even more personalization options, the R.A.T.1 is the world’s first gaming mouse that empower users to use a 3D Printer to create their own customized Palm Rest. Owners of the R.A.T.1, can download 3D CAD files of the Palm Rest, create, print and share their own unique designs right from their home 3D Printer!

That’s just about as unique a mouse as I’ve ever heard of, especially for one that’s got an eye on gaming. I mean, if you’re looking for something new and different for the Holidays, this is pretty much it. The RAT 1 ships out next month, and can be pre-ordered right here.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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