When comparing Mad Catz RAT 7 vs SteelSeries Rival 300, the Slant community recommends SteelSeries Rival 300 for most people. In the question“What is the best gaming mouse?” SteelSeries Rival 300 is ranked 16th while Mad Catz RAT 7 is ranked 26th.
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Pro Incredible flexibility
Many parts of the mouse are adjustable with interchangeable pinkie grips and palm rests to a custom weight system. The mouse is able to literally change its size and weight.
Pro Cordless version available
It also comes in a cordless version, called the RAT 9.
Pro Great for those with large hands and using claw grip
Pro Highly accurate
The Steelseries Rival gaming mouse has a built in Pixart PMW3310 optical sensor that offers great tracking control. There's no angle-snapping, hardware acceleration, or jitter.
Pro Comfortable to handle
This mouse is very well balanced in weight, size and ergonomics making for a mouse that is easy and comfortable to handle.
Pro Great value for money
At $39 the Rival gaming mouse has a great balance between build quality and value for money.
Pro Great accompanying software suite
Steelseries uses a software suite called Engine 3 that is low resource and used to customize their gaming mouse options.
Con Laser (not optical) sensor
Laser sensors are just not that great when compared to optical sensors. Often there is acceleration issues with laser sensors.
Con Expensive for what the internal hardware is
Sadly the components inside of this mouse are pretty cheap, ranging from the switches to the laser sensor. For the price Mad Catz is charging one should expect higher quality components.
Con Forward / back buttons wear easily
The two buttons located on the side of the mouse (sometimes known as the page forward and page back buttons for internet browsers) wear out easily after only a few months of usage. That means that it requires extra force to register a button press, all while receiving no touch (or audible clicking) feedback. Frustrating but the mouse does continue working.
Con Uncomfortable "seam" where your thumb and palm meet
Con Rubber grips get slippery with sweaty hands
When using the mouse for long duration's the sweat from the users hands can make the rubber side grips slippery.