Eye-catching design; Highly customizable body; 15 programmable buttons are easy to reach; ActionLock acts as a gaming cruise control
A tad expensive; No cloud connectivity or onboard memory
The Mad Catz Cyborg M.M.O. 7 is gaming nirvana, offering blistering performance and Transformer-like versatility.
Billed as the "world's most adjustable gaming mouse," the Mad Catz Cyborg M.M.O. 7 features 15 programmable buttons and a sweet customizable chassis that wouldn't look out of place in a Michael Bay movie. But the $129 asking price is a bit like a mini-boss, annoying but not insurmountable. Is the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 worth the bucks?
The white, gray and blue color scheme is a welcome change from the black found on most mice, but MadCatz pushes the envelope even further. Instead of going with a unibody design, the Cyborg features a lot of open space and funky paneling. A space between the back and middle panels reveals a large chrome dial. Another dial juts out prominently from the rear of the mouse.
The mouse's undercarriage is made of a grayish-blue aluminum and features two pairs of black "Slick" feet that flew across our mouse pad. A 6,400 DPI twin laser sensor promises accurate tracking, precision and speed.
We love the Cyborg's risk-taking Transformers-meets-Robotech design. It's eye-catching and a game changer among a deluge of the same old thing. Folks that want something more muted can go with the black-and-copper version of the Cyborg.
As we started testing with "World of Warcraft: Mists of Panderia," we noticed that the Cyborg M.M.O 7's buttons delivered varying degrees of feedback. The four buttons on the thumb panel were nice and firm, as were the DPI and mode shift buttons on the top of the mouse. However, the left and right mouse buttons, the pair of buttons surrounding the DPI button and the button above the pinkie grip were somewhat mushy.
While we like the Cyborg's button placement, we wish that there was more uniformity in terms of button feedback. Still, we appreciated being able to reach every button without having to second-guess the location.
After mixing and matching parts, we settled with the panels covered with a gray rough-textured plastic. It provided us with a nice firm grip and felt satisfying rubbing against our finger and palm. Players that prefer a little more height will want to use the palm rest that offers an additional 4 millimeters of thickness.
The screws aren't just there for show. Gamers can also adjust the mouse's weight by removing one or all of the five 6-gram weights. The subtracted weights can be stored in the handy weight storage container packaged with the mouse.
Mad Catz relies on intuitive sliders to tweak settings for DPI and precision aiming. We created our own custom backlight colors using the 16 million color options for the ActionLock settings (Default, Off and On). The real fun started when we started programming buttons. Entering keystrokes and creating macros was fairly simple.
We clicked on the button we wished to program and entered the keystroke in the text box below. For the macros we hit the small mouse button on the right to begin recording. Once the macro was complete, we hit the green check mark to save. Each profile comes with three modes that can be accessed via the black MMO button. A user can easily program each of the 15 buttons in every mode. Add the two MMO shift buttons and you've got a whopping 90 buttons per profile.
The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 doesn't have any onboard memory so it falls to Smart Technology to keep track of all the profiles. We wish there was some cloud functionality so players wouldn't have to go back to the drawing board if they use the mouse with another machine. Compare that to the Razer Naga. which offers unlimited profiles that can be accessed in the cloud via Razer's Synapse 2.0 software.
However, Mad Catz also has a number of downloadable profile packs that can cover a large swath of games in genres for those that want to skip all the modding and get straight to gaming. For example, the RPG Profile Pack features "Dragon Age 2," "Star Wars: The Old Republic" and "Warhammer Online." With the profile packs, we simply dropped and dragged commands onto the buttons of our choosing.
The Cyborg took a beating as we spent several hours grinding, questing and blasting our way through some of our favorite titles. The mouse transitioned from FPS to Action to RPG with a press of the MMO mode button.
Our initial experience with the 5DP button was a little bit unwieldy, but over time we were able to use it almost as quickly as a traditional number panel. We preferred the ease of pressing buttons on the Razer Naga overall. Switching from a slower, more precise 800 DPI to the insanely fast 6,400 was empowering and fun.
During the later hours of our gaming fest, we enabled ActionLock to continue our high fire rate. However, there were a few instances when we accidently enabled the feature as we began frantically clawing the mouse. We were still going strong after 3 hours of play and could have easily gone another 2 or 3 hours.
|Size||6.7 x 3.9 x 10 inches|