The newly unveiled B.A.T. 6+ gaming mouse from Mad Catz is designed to cover all the bases and looks like the kind of mouse you’d find on Batman’s desk in the Batcave. The headline feature is the Dakota mechanical switch, which cuts response time to just 2 milliseconds. The ambidextrous design is fully customizable with switchable side skirts and palm rests. There’s also an optical sensor inside that goes up to 16,000 DPI, 10 programmable buttons, and internal storage for up to five profiles.
We’ve seen a flood of excellent gaming mice over the last couple of years, but most of them don’t cater to southpaws. The ability to add wings on either side or change up your palm rest is also rare and Mad Catz suggests that this will enable gamers to find the perfect setup for their preferred grip style, whether that’s palm, claw, or fingertip.
For a wired gaming mouse like this one to catch the attention of gamers, it needs to perform when it matters. Esports competitors and dedicated amateurs are always looking for an edge, so the Dakota switch could be key. Mad Catz says it uses a new signal detection technology that’s 60% faster than other mechanical switches. We’re interested to see if the mouse lives up to that claim.
With a Pixart PMW 3389 optical sensor topping out at 16,000 DPI, which allows for movement of 400 inches per second, and a 2,000 Hz polling rate the B.A.T. 6+ is on a par with the top gaming mice in terms of performance. The ability to customize a generous 10 buttons to your preferences should provide enough options for different game genres and satisfy most gamers.
The fact you can save up to five profiles on the mouse itself is good for gamers on the go, and this is the first mouse to use Mad Catz’s new Cyborg Engine. The Cyborg software promises to make configuration a breeze and it’s also where you’ll select lighting effects, though we can only see a couple of small lighting zones on the B.A.T. 6+ in the press images.
It looked like Mad Catz might be going out of business a couple of years ago, so it’s nice to see fresh releases from this beloved peripheral brand and it will be interesting to see where the new management takes things.
The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is a wired mouse and comes with a 5.9-foot braided cable. You also get one extra palm rest and two side skirts in the box. The release is slated for late February. The only thing we don’t yet know is the price.
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