Mad Catz R.A.T. Pro X3 Supreme is all about user customization and style
Mad Catz mice are probably some of the most recognizable in the market because of their striking visual design and removable parts in contrast to the typically smooth and rounded designs of "normal" mice. One of the company's newest model is the limited edition R.A.T. Pro X3 Supreme in honor of the year of the rat. It is essentially a reskinned R.A.T. Pro X3 with essentially the same features but in different colors and a bigger packaging. Mad Catz sent us a sample for unboxing and testing purposes as shown here.
The packaging includes extra parts, a hex wrench, cleaning brush, and a carrying case molded exactly to fit the mouse. Though useful if traveling, the braided USB cable just barely fits inside the case for a tight fit. Owners are likely going to keep the wrench and cleaning brush inside the case at all times as well since these items are very small and otherwise easy to lose.
Users can swap between white ceramic pads or Teflon pads on the bottom that the manufacturer claims can provide smoother traction. During our time with the mouse, however, traction doesn't feel any better between the two or the regular pads on our two Logitech models. If you already own a decent mouse pad, then the ceramic or Teflon pads on the R.A.T. Pro X3 likely aren't going to improve the experience.
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Lastly, a small tactile red bottom button allows users to cycle between 10 different customizable profiles from 0 to 9. The problem is that you'll need to push the button several times to get to the profile you want and you'll also need to remember what number profile corresponds to the profile you're looking for. We found it quicker to simply launch the easy-to-navigate software and select the profile from there.
The R.A.T. Pro X3 is currently retailing for $185 USD on Amazon. Additional specifications on the mouse can be found on its official product page here.