Farewell, beloved Rat

Farewell, beloved Rat. You’ve been a faithful companion, constantly perched next to my right hand and always eager for the next opportunity to dart across my desktop. I will miss you terribly.

More than any other mouse, you really get me. Your pliable body is molded just for my grip, a perfectly shaped and weighted handful to accommodate my odd-sized mitts. You indulge other eccentricities, like my need to scroll sideways in Excel. And you do everthing else one might expect of a modern mouse bred from premium stock—well, everything except disco lighting. I’m so glad we always agreed on that.

There’s no telling how many miles we covered over these past four-and-a-half years. The twinge in my right shoulder says a lot, and so does the dull ache in my heart. But even with wear and tear written plainly across your weathered hide, you’ve still got looks that could kill. That aggressively angular style will always catch my eye.

A not-so-modest mouse, you tracked true for most of your life, remaining as nimble and precise as the first day we met. But things haven’t been the same lately. First, it was the occasional stumble or repeated middle click, both easily written off as minor slips. Then your movements became more frequently jagged, like those of a knife losing its edge. Looking back, I feel awful about yelling at you that one time in Photoshop. I’m sorry; I know now you were doing your best.

And now, well, you’re paralyzed—responsive to clicks but unable to move an inch. Closer inspection of your vital organ reveals no easy path for a transplant. As much as I want to hold on, the time has come to pull the plug.

So farewell, beloved Rat. You were awesome, different, and the best damn mouse I ever had. May your memory live on forever in my museum of peripheral taxidermy.

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    • fhohj
    • 4 years ago

    SQUEAK.

    squeak? squeak click squeak?

    SQUEAK.

    squeak.

    • cybot_x1024
    • 4 years ago

    Based on what I have seen in the past with RAT owners, those who got the one with 5600dpi had no problems with tracking or failure over the lifespan of the mouse, but those who got the 6400dpi one were more likely to run into tracking problems and sensor failure.
    This is my observation on what I have seen and experienced with the RAT7(5600dpi) I had and RAT9(6400dpi) i currently have.
    I can barely play any FPS games with it and cant wait for the ProX to launch so I can switch to it.
    I have tried multiple surfaces including my current Razer Scarab mouse mat(which it seemed to work well with before the tracking problems started) with no luck.

    • adamlongwalker
    • 4 years ago

    I was Diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel in 97. Purchased an Anir vertical mouse that year as well as an industrial keyboard holder, the early microsoft split key pad, foot rest and at the time 3 $500.00 ergonomic chairs. My work desk at home is a 1950’s style secretaries desk with corner option. Saved me from having that butchery of surgery of that time period.

    When the Anir died in 05 got a 3M vertical Ergonomic Mouse. They got the license from Anir to produce this wonderful mouse, which finally died out of plastic fatigue on one of the buttons.

    Fortunately I have another on order.

    I still have the same desk , my second chair, and same industrial keyboard holder. A new Microsoft 4000 slit keyboard recently as well.

    I understand about a certain piece of equipment after awhile being an part of yourself.

    I can not function well without them if one of these items are lost or broken.

    Because they have become part of me.

      • pcunite
      • 4 years ago

      [quote<]My work desk is a 1950's style secretaries desk[/quote<] Do you have a link to a picture of this desk?

    • Phaleron
    • 4 years ago

    What mouse are you moving to Geoff?

      • Dissonance
      • 4 years ago

      Probably the new Rat Pro when it comes out. In the meantime, I’m leaning on my lefty mouse, a SteelSeries Sensei Raw.

    • Captain Ned
    • 4 years ago

    When it comes to rodent love my object is the MSIE 3.0. Being somewhat fore-sighted and knowing their failure mode, I bought several a couple years back before prices went crazy. I should be good for another 5 years or so (home + 2 work lappys).

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbilling[/url<] GUYS THIS SITE IS A FAMILY SITE.

    • BIF
    • 5 years ago

    Meh. I am left-handed, so I use a Logitech trackball. Have bought 10 or more of them over the years, and I am pretty good at disassembling them and applying contact cleaner to the button actuators. Keeps them going strong.

    It would burn out brain cells to change hands for daily use.

    Actually, I’m omnidextrous. I could use a right-handed mouse for some things that don’t require pointing dexterity. Broad gestures, button clicks, etc. I have a 3D mouse that I can use with my right hand, but that mouse is best for bigger movements; turning objects in 3D space for editing and viewing, etc. For fine-motor movements, I must use my left hand.

    By ignoring the left-handed market, equipment makers are missing out on a potentially big revenue source. The main side effect to this myopic view by manufacturers is that most lefties have never used one of these mice, and so will not “get” the products or this article. It’s a shame, yes. But with no experience/point of reference, how could we?

    I can’t believe that these companies haven’t heard my complaint from their left-handed employees, sales people, and suppliers. Are they purposely ignoring valuable input?

      • Rendus
      • 5 years ago

      I’m left handed, and I think you tremendously overestimate the number of lefties that insist on left-handed mice, and the value of that market compared to the cost of an entire line of products using different molds, packaging, and shelf-space.

        • Sabresiberian
        • 5 years ago

        While I agree that the left-handed person usually adapts to the market and uses a mouse with the right hand, not every left-handed person is able to do that and function as well. Me, I’m left-handed – but I could be described as “task dependent dominant”. For most tasks I use my left hand, but not for everything. As an example it feels more “natural” for me to shoot a gun (in real life) right-handed.

        Not everyone is like that, and I don’t think you should assume everyone that is left-handed is like you.

        As far as the question about whether or not it is economically feasible for a company to make left-only mice – I suggest you haven’t done that study and so you really don’t know. Whenever someone says something like that though I think of all the games that were ported to Linux and iOS before their growth period. For a long time Apple’s share of the home computer market was less than 5% – and I seriously doubt all Mac users were gamers. (I’m not sure what % of desktop computers Apple enjoys today because most of the reported figures include tablets and phones. I suspect this is done more to hide evidence that Apple’s gains into the “PC” world are negligible at best.) The most conservative estimate says there are at least 10% left-handed people in the world, and as much as 30%. The cost of providing left-only mice would likely drive overall costs up on an accountant’s spreadsheet, but it is still quite possible that a company could make money selling left-handed versions of their otherwise right-only mice.

        Given the fact that the left-handed tend to be ignored by the manufacturing world I would go as far as saying any company making something like a mouse contoured for the left hand could conceivably garner a large amount of support simply because they were thoughtful enough to do so. πŸ™‚

          • BIF
          • 4 years ago

          Amen to all that and more!

          In the 1960s and 70s, schools in the US had “lefty desks”. Even back then SOMEBODY recognized that not all people will be right-handed. And really, it would have been a copout to say back then, “well it’s just too expensive to make 10% of the desks for left-handed kids, so all kids are just going to have to be righties”.

          Even then, the smarter teachers were advising parents to let their kids figure out their dominant hand and don’t force it if they go left. And since I too am dominant-variable-by-task (aka “omnidextrous”, not “ambidextrous”, which is either hand for any task), this was the best decision for me. I write left, throw right, eat left, and joystick right. But I can shoot and punch with both hands pretty equally. πŸ˜‰ All kidding aside, this works best for me. Forcing me to do anything “the right way” would have probably slowed down my development in everything from writing and math to sports and music.

          This is 2015. It doesn’t cost THAT much to make reverse molds and make 5-10% more of a product such as a mouse, and anybody who claims that it’s an economic hardship is just giving the manufacturers an easy way out.

          There are many clever ways this could work. Make it like Ironman’s suit so you could reconfigure it with a flip of this and a twist of that. Give it an internal “foot” that can be rotated 180% to angle the unit leftward (for righties) or rightward (for lefties).

          Sheesh, these companies have engineers working for them already, don’t they? How can some 10-30% of THEM left-handed but 100% of them be mutes on this subject?

    • Xenolith
    • 5 years ago

    Did you clean the lens? My up and down become random and jerky on my RAT7. Qtip and rubbing alcohol fixed it.

      • Dissonance
      • 4 years ago

      Yeah, that’s a good way to clear out dust and other obstructions that can make tracking finicky. But it’s no longer enough to fix whatever ails my sensor.

    • SoundChaos
    • 5 years ago

    Feelings understood. For the last couple years I’ve been dreading that my Logitech G9 I purchased in early 2009 might start acting up, and having to replace it would be devastating… I mean, that was back when I was in Highschool! So far its as strong as the day I got it, despite numerous drops on concrete, squeezes of rage, and the occasional awful little kid sticky fingers.

    If its time does come, the Rat has been in my sights for quite some time πŸ˜‰

    • Walkintarget
    • 5 years ago

    The simplicity and longevity of my MX518 is just amazing. I’ve just never been a fan of those ‘open’ mice, and while I appreciate their versatility, I don’t think I could switch to one at this point. Granted, I have never tried one either, but it would take something special to make me switch.

    And to top it off, if I want to match my case, I would have to use this … thing … which I do not find functional nor attractive -> [url<]http://www.ttesports.com/productPage.aspx?p=140&g=ftr#.VTFGsaj5O71[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      I also love my MX518. But I know one day it will die. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

    • Sabresiberian
    • 5 years ago

    I have a R.A.T. 7, which I pretty much feel the same way about – except that lifting it off the pad could often trigger my view in games to go haywire, and it seemed very sensitive to contamination, like any spec of dirt would cause problems. I suspect it had a lot to do with the slick anodized aluminum mousing surface I use. I did have to replace it under warranty once.

    To me it is like a high-stung thoroughbred – performs admirably but is finicky. Getting it to operate properly involved going to the website and finding a little fix program and installing that. Afterwords tracking was superb and reliable, except the lift-off thing, and it still caused me to have to clean off my surface more often than I did with other mice, and blow out the sensor hole with compressed gas.

    Recently I bought the new R.A.T. TE, which has an adjustable sensor, hoping the sensor adjustment would let me adapt it to my favorite surface type. And – it did! No more scrambled view when I lift the mouse up; no more ultra-sensitivity to particles. Couldn’t be happier! The TE doesn’t come with the extra pieces and so isn’t as adaptable to different grips, but that was okay by me. It is very light and, again, the R.A.T. formula suits my sense of style and functions extremely well, making it a great pleasure for me to use.

    I have always hesitated recommending the R.A.T. 7 due to its finicky nature, but I have no such qualms with the R.A.T. LE. That’s the version I’d try if I were looking to buy a R.A.T. πŸ™‚

    • kythlyn
    • 5 years ago

    I’ve had to RMA my R.A.T. 7 3 times. They eventually just break, and they are extraordinarily sensitive to static.

    • SetzerG
    • 5 years ago

    I really, really want to buy one of these, but this is why I haven’t. Even cheap mice I expect to last forever. This one is expensive, but the quality is far from sufficient. My current mouse (MX518 – dislike its feel) is on it’s 10th year, traveled with me to several countries, used for hours everyday, and only cost me 50-some-odd-bucks. Works just as well now as when I bought it.

      • Takeshi7
      • 5 years ago

      I love my MX518. It’s a shame I don’t think Logitech makes an equivalent optical mouse any more.

        • Rendus
        • 5 years ago

        You’d probably want to take a look at the G400. Pretty much the MX500 line, but rebranded under their G series marketing.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 5 years ago

    the failure rate of these devices is fairly high after about 2 years. First mouse I had outright BREAK on me. Most just wear down and become less awesome or I get bored, or a firmware update bricks the mouse. Mine had the left click stop working.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago

    SHOULDN’T YOU BE TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW WIFE? PRETTY SURE SHE NEEDS A MASSAGE.

    • balanarahul
    • 5 years ago

    :’)

    • Meadows
    • 5 years ago

    Sure, I like my mouse too, but this blog entry is disquieting.

      • anotherengineer
      • 5 years ago

      You and your fancy words.

      [url<]http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/disquieting[/url<] And yes it does, sounds a bit like a woman with an emotional connection to an inanimate object. edit - no offense πŸ˜‰ Rebuild, if can't trash and new one, done and done.

      • nico1982
      • 5 years ago

      Your mouse isn’t a R.A.T., is it?

        • Meadows
        • 5 years ago

        No, slightly better than that.

          • anotherengineer
          • 5 years ago

          But is it better than this?
          [url<]http://store.storeimages.cdn-apple.com/4545/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/aos/published/images/M/B1/MB112/MB112?wid=1200&hei=630&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.5,0,0&iccEmbed=0&layer=comp&.v=1400778515345[/url<] πŸ˜‰ LMAO Deanjo tutorial [url<]http://www.macgasm.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/apple-mouse.png[/url<]

            • anotherengineer
            • 5 years ago

            Fanbois gonna hate!!!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 5 years ago

            I gave you some of those minuses, but it’s only because the answer to your question is “no.”, emphatically. Nothing is better than the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Mighty_Mouse<]Mighty Mouse[/url<], based on its name alone.

            • anotherengineer
            • 5 years ago

            Cmon, that photoshopped hand in the second pic is funny, regardless of who made the mouse.

            +1 for being honest.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 5 years ago

            It is. I liked it.

            • Meadows
            • 5 years ago

            You are a simple man, aren’t you.

            • anotherengineer
            • 5 years ago

            Aren’t most or all men simple creatures??

            πŸ˜‰

            • Meadows
            • 5 years ago

            I haven’t met them all.

            • anotherengineer
            • 5 years ago

            Fair enough, neither have I.

    • Sam125
    • 5 years ago

    I almost felt the same way about my Logitech mouse that happened to be the very first wireless mouse with charging station in existence. Well, the rechargeable batteries just died and I didn’t want to replace them because the mouse was terrible for FPS gaming.

    I say this as I’m about to buy an Anywhere Mouse MX from Logitech… wireless has come a long way since 2003. At any rate, good luck with your replacement!

    • allreadydead
    • 5 years ago

    King is dead, long live the king !
    What you gonna get next ? and more importantly, why you are not gonna get that and get this mouse instead of it.

    Details please πŸ™‚

    • ChronoReverse
    • 5 years ago

    My original Razer DeathAdder is still going strong. The only thing that went bad was the microswitches double-clicking sometimes during the first year but a drop of machine oil in each switch cured that (forever it seems).

    • Wildchild
    • 5 years ago

    Four and a half years?! Man, I wish I were that lucky. I had a Razer Naga for when I used to play a lot of WoW. Although the design was awesome and I really enjoyed it for what it was, it shat out on me in less than a year (left trigger was double clicking). I had a similar experience when I replaced the Naga with the Logitech G500 and, after a little more than a year, the right trigger started double clicking. Mind you both of these mice cost well over $60, which is absolutely ridiculous and I am by no means the kind of person that ever throws/abuses my hardware out of frustration like some people I know.

    Ironically, the best mice I’ve owned in the last 3 years have me cost less than $30 and I’ve found that less-well-known brands offer a nicer bang for the buck. I the replaced the G500 with the Gigabyte M7 THOR (a mouse that cost $20 at the time) and I absolutely LOVED it – still works to this very day too. About two years later I purchased a uTechSmart Uranus on a whim 4 months ago because it was so inexpensive for the amount of features it offered that my M7 lacked and have been immensely impressed with it so far as well.

    I’m kinda surprised that “underground” brands are still in the shadows of the bigger companies. It would be cool to see TechReport due a mass review on these no-name brand mice that I see on Amazon all the time – especially the ones with five star reviews. I’m sure these companies would be more than willing to offer samples due to the amount of publicity it would create.

    Cheers.

      • ChronoReverse
      • 5 years ago

      You can often permanently fix double-clicking microswitches by putting a single drop of machine oil in them. If you really like a mouse, it’s worth a try.

        • Wildchild
        • 5 years ago

        I’ll keep that in mind. Thank you.

        • Platedslicer
        • 5 years ago

        In order to fix the double-clicking on my G500 I had to pull out the little black cover on the switch, pull out the copper plate “spring” and bend the tongue on it. Then I had to get surgical tweezers (with sharp points) in order to get the precision necessary for hooking the damn thing back into place. All the while taking great care to not lose the tiny parts.

        Worked like a charm, but it only lasted a month or two before I needed to do it again. After 3 times I threw up my hands and got a G502 (supposedly it has more durable switches). Doing good so far… I’m hoping it’ll last several years, or I’m going to have to pass on Logitech stuff in the future.

      • anotherengineer
      • 5 years ago

      See my post below Geoff’s (Dissonance)

      And yes I agree, most mice are made in China, and when you look carefully a lot of name-brand mice look like re-badges, unless the no-namers are re-brands lol

      I think these 2 are probably the same mouse.
      [url<]http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/fireglider-optical[/url<] and [url<]http://www.x7.cn/en/product.asp?id=60[/url<] same below [url<]http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/a4tech-a4tech-wired-v-track-mouse-f4-black-f4/10271921.aspx?path=e61121905881a18bc018d52d44c6b580en02[/url<]

      • NovusBogus
      • 5 years ago

      Bad luck, maybe? My G3 was still going strong after six years and four states, and the Razer Taipan replacement is coming up on two years without issue.

      I agree that the off-brands have it where it counts. One of the most impressive things I saw at CES was just how good the anonymous Chinese companies’ peripherals were. As far as market share goes, never underestimate the power of marketing–most people want to be told what to buy.

    • ermo
    • 5 years ago

    Pardon my ignorance, but where’s the clicky “Like” button for this post?

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 5 years ago

    That poor Decepticon. It probably doesn’t even remember how to transform.

    • Thresher
    • 5 years ago

    I think when my Creative fatal1ty 2020, the only heir to the truly sublime Logitech Wingman mouse, finally dies, I’ll give it a Viking funeral.

    • td1353l
    • 5 years ago

    Felt the same way when my MX518 died, and the second one…

    • Gonz0
    • 5 years ago

    awe man i feel for you. ive had a microsoft intellimouse v1.0 forever and its still going strong although the buttons arent quite as crisp anymore and the dpi and polling rate is starting to show its age. i know soon ill have to say farewell to my beloved friend that ive clicked who nows how many millions of times through hundreds of games over the past decade and a half.

      • crazybus
      • 5 years ago

      I’m in the same boat. My current mouse is an Intellimouse I bought in 2002, still going strong.

      • fade2blac
      • 5 years ago

      Logitech MouseMan Wheel Optical still fits my hand better than any other mouse I have had over the years…AND ZOMG IT GLOWS! I will have to look into these adjustable mice if/when my Logitech G500 goes south.

      [url<]http://www.gideontech.com/content/articles/1/2[/url<] I still use the MouseMan on my laptop when a track pad won't do. The DPI is ok, but as an early generation optical mouse (it was released in Y2K...guess it has been that long, damn) it gets confused by somewhat glossy/reflective surfaces. Your comments remind me to check the polling rate, as I recall this helped noticeably tighten up the feel of the motion tracking.

    • Thrashdog
    • 5 years ago

    I bought a RAT 7 on your original recommendation years back, and I loved it as well. A couple months ago the scroll wheel started to go, and I regrettably had to replace it. I’m currently trying out a Logitech G502 Proteus Core and liking it, though we’ll see how long the microswitches last.

    • Milo Burke
    • 5 years ago

    Geoff, you’re such a nerd.

    =]

    • xand
    • 5 years ago

    Why don’t you just get the latest one?

    [url<]http://madcatz.com/rat-pro/[/url<]

    • Terra_Nocuus
    • 5 years ago

    Oh man, my R.A.T. 7 is also double- & miss-clicking… I’m dreading the day when it finally dies.

    • kureshii
    • 5 years ago

    Had a R.A.T. 7, but the rubber coating didn’t do it any favours in a tropical environment. Caught the rot, got relegated to a corner because of its “skin condition”, haven’t done much with it since.

    My current mouse is the Logitech G700. Whatever they’re doing with that textured plastic, it’s something other manufacturers should think aboutβ€”improved grip without the tradeoff of degradeability, and much nicer than the usual glossy plastic. Rubber rot is a terrible thing to afflict anything.

    • squeeb
    • 5 years ago

    Beautiful.

    • anotherengineer
    • 5 years ago

    “Closer inspection of your vital organ reveals no easy path for a transplant.”

    The greater the challenge, the greater the reward πŸ˜‰

    edit – “over these past four-and-a-half years”

    Wow has it been that long already?!?! Time fly’s!! And I’m getting old ;(

    Edit 2 – your replacement is waiting
    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=rat%20mouse&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=90[/url<]

      • Dissonance
      • 5 years ago

      May hold out for the new Rat Pro instead:

      [url<]https://techreport.com/news/27647/rat-pro-gaming-mouse-has-swappable-sensor-analog-side-scrolling[/url<] Swappable sensor!

        • anotherengineer
        • 5 years ago

        Cool, looks like swappable, rebuild-able everything!! Very Interesting.

        Since we’re on the topic of mice, if you game, apparently optical is better than laser, something I did not know, probably since I am not a hard core gamer.

        [url<]https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=56240.0[/url<] [url<]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZzbKDmFOqsP_ut2RdctD01OEbZzbXol6HLwqVkSmZcg/edit?pli=1#gid=0[/url<] [url<]http://esreality.com/post/2612716/mice-using-flawless-sensors-v2/[/url<] I also found this intriguing [url<]http://imgur.com/a/0yJWr[/url<] Edit - I'm on all lasers now, but might grab an optical, I use cad a bit and thought my hand-eye co-ordination was off since I couldn't grab the end of a line, could possibly be the mouse. Well as least I hope it is lol

    • TwoEars
    • 5 years ago

    I’m one of those people who like to rest my thumb on the mousepad, so I don’t like that little ledge which you’re supposed to rest your thumb on. Other than that I’d be interested.

    Currently using a 2013 razer deathadder, not a huge razer fan but this is a really good and comfortable mouse. We had a little falling out at first since the mouse wheel started squaking after about 1 month, but I fixed that with some grease and it’s been great ever since.

    • dragontamer5788
    • 5 years ago

    I see someone discovered clickerheroes.com (or maybe cookie clicker).

    Yeah, my mouse died shortly thereafter. And then I discovered keyboard mouse and went derpface. >_<

    • Souldark
    • 5 years ago

    The second (lower) thumb button on my RAT 5 snapped and came loose about 6 months ago, but we’re still soldiering on together. As mice go, the things take a heck of a lot of punishment without so much as a whimper.

    • tsk
    • 5 years ago

    Buy final mouse 2015 and review it Geoff πŸ™‚

    • Kevsteele
    • 5 years ago

    I love my Razer Ouroboros – best mouse I’ve ever owned. It’s the closest a lefty like me will ever get to a R.A.T.

      • nico1982
      • 5 years ago

      Learn to use the “right” hand πŸ˜›

        • Kevsteele
        • 5 years ago

        For me, the left hand is the right hand. πŸ˜‰

          • njoydesign
          • 5 years ago

          but your left hand is still not the right hand, although I’m left to say you’re right ))) Good luck in finding a mouse for your left hand that is right! )))

          • Arclight
          • 5 years ago

          Blasphemy, witch.

    • nico1982
    • 5 years ago

    *Hugs his R.A.T. 7*

      • Pez
      • 5 years ago

      **hugs my R.A.T.7**

      This should be the RAT Appreciation Thread πŸ™‚

    • geekl33tgamer
    • 5 years ago

    Time for a Razer Ouroboros perhaps (they look similar at least)?

    I use a Logitech G602 personally, and wouldn’t be without now if your looking for a replacement.

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