The MMO7 comes from a long-ling of professional gaming mice (the R.A.T. series) and feels every bit as good as its predacessors. The only problem with the mouse, for the general gaming public, is the ridiculous amount of buttons and commands on the thing. 30 is the most I've ever heard anyone 'need' and this is more than double that.
+Fully customizable, allowing gamers to get exactly the feel they want.
+Included software and accessories mean getting a ton of options out of the box.
+Downloadable (or custom) software means getting to maximize your mouse's potential without a whole lot of heavy-lifting.
+The new 'lock' feature is something I wouldn't have thought I needed, but now have a hard time living without.
-78 programmable commands seems a little overkill.
-The locations for the mouse's 13 buttons are a little odd, and take, at minimum, some getting used to.
I have always been someone that has been pretty picky about my computer accessories. Mice need to have the right shape, appropriate clicking sound, smooth action and correct weight to them. So, traditionally it’s been a bit of a challenge to get a mouse that has everything… There have been options along the way that hit two or three of the sweet-spots and were deemed “good enough,” that’s why the concept of the Cyborg R.A.T. series of gaming mice have always intrigued me, and when I started to mess around with my R.A.T.9 I fell in love… having said all that though, the MMO7 is both completely the same pedigree, and entirely something different.
Developed for MMO gamers specifically, the mouse’s main ‘claim to fame’ is in the fact that it has 78 programmable commands that can be launched through the mouse via its 13 buttons and 6 different “modes.” Now, that might seem like a ridiculous amount of commands to have centered around the mouse (one half of the average PC gamer’s tools), and it is. However, in speaking with gamers that I would consider more “hardcore” in the realm of MMO gaming, it’s not something that’s as far flung as I might have originally imagined. Some players have as many as 30 pre-programmed commands set up for their characters when they play online, and the concept of that all being available to them via one hand (which never needs to move really) can be an appealing on… though even those gamers admitted that they couldn’t see (more than) doubling the programmed commands that they currently use.
I won’t go so far to say that person doesn’t exist, I’m sure they are out there, but I will say it’s certainly not for me or anyone that I know personally. To the outside gamer it’s a little much, and furthermore the amount of keys (and more over their position on the mouse) has, in my experience, led to some situation where I was accidentally hitting buttons that I really didn’t want to be (just through the scroll of the mouse across its pad).
I start with that because, really, it’s the only complaint that I have about the mouse: It’s more than I can handle (or would ever need). The rest of the mouse is brilliant, and is a compilation of everything that I’ve ever wanted out of a proper gaming mouse. As with the rest of the R.A.T. series of gaming mice, the MMO7 Gaming Mouse is one that features full customization. “What do you mean by full customization?” You might be asking, if you’ve never experienced the R.A.T. for yourself, and well… It breaks down a little like this:
The mouse comes with a hex-key at the base of it. This is used to loosen the screws located all around the mouse’s outer shell, enabling the ability to switch out parts of the mouse quite easily. You can move the included thumb-rest forwards, backwards, angle it, and make it form-fit your desired hand-position. You can remove the opposite side’s panel and switch it out with a smooth piece, rubberized grip, or a pink rest (which makes the whole thing look a little manta-ray-esque). You can slide the palm-rest forwards and backwards (enabling you to rest your hand comfortably regardless of the size of your hand, or in my case how you hold it; claw shaped grip FTW). You can even slide the palm-rest completely off if you like; switching it out for one of the other two options included in-box: a rubberized grip, or a higher version of the smooth-surfaced palm rest.
All of that is great, and helped me get exactly the feel I wanted from the mouse (rubberized grip on the far side, smooth low-profile palm rest, pushed forwards thumb rest angled outwards slightly), but my personal favorite feature of the customization is the weighting. Included in the box are a series of five small metal weights, with a combined total of about 30g. These weights help you change up the feel of the mouse, and for me it meant using three of them to get a smooth glide (in conjunction with the mouse’s smooth ‘feet’ on the underside). Even better was the ability to adjust the dpi on the mouse’s setting, which meant both speed and accuracy as long with smooth flow of the mouse.
For hardcore gamers (both MMO and FPS alike) the options for customizing the mouse via software are rather impressive, and expansive, as well. With the MMO7 mouse you have not only the option of editing the dpi of the mouse (in four pre-programmed increments) but you can also modify the color of the buttons, program the mouse commands, tweak the precision aim feature (enabling you to slow the mouse down by holding down the mouse’s d5 button, for stuff like super-accurate sniping). Not to mention the fact that via the Cyborg website you can download pre-programmed modules for the mouse for a particular game (or you can just create your own through the software itself of course).
There are downsides to the mouse, as I mentioned previously. I’m not a big fan of the button layout, and I certainly don’t need 78 commands on a mouse for myself. But the R.A.T. series, as a rule, has been my favorite line of mice ever because of the customization, the feel, the ability to program them, and the additions that the MMO7 are intelligent ones. Being able to customize the colors and the dpi are snazzy, but stuff like the addition of ‘lock keys’ for the right and mouse independently is a feature that it’s kind of hard to live without once you’ve been using it for a session or two in your favorite MMO.
The lock keys, as simple as it might sound, lock ‘down’ the left and right mouse buttons together or separately. That means, for MMO gamers, the ability to set your character into an ‘auto run’ state, which ends up be crazy handy for those long stretches across the open plains in WoW.
So, overall, my personal opinion is that the R.A.T. mouse is one of the best out there. It has certainly become my ‘weapon of choice,’ but having said that my preference lends a little more to the R.A.T.7 than the MMO7. That’s because I personally will never need 78 programmable commands. There’s no need for someone at my level to have more than 5-10. I see the value in it for some gamers, but feel that even at the higher-end of the MMO gaming spectrum, 78 commands is a little overkill. If you are someone that does a lot of MMO gaming, and just can’t get enough commands on your mouse, then absolutely this is the mouse for you.
For the average gamer it’s going to be a little silly, and for the mid-range gamers I might even suggest alternatives like the Razer Naga (at least all the pre-programmed buttons are together in one location so you don’t have to worry about losing the location of your buttons while playing).