Your computer mouse. To most people a simple tool used to navigate a computer. To gamers on the other hand, it is a critical instrument that can mean the difference between winning and losing. Mad Catz introduces the latest in their Cyborg line, the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse, and it might be the new bar.
Button, Button, Who's Got the Button
The first thing you'll notice on the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse is that has few more buttons than the normal mouse. A normal mouse has 2 buttons and a wheel/button combo. The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse has that plus 11 more buttons and a second wheel. All but 5 of the buttons are programmable with Mat Catz's software. This allows for a huge amount of customization, up to 78 commands. The way that is done is through a shift and mode selection.
Two of the buttons are dedicated and not programmable, the shift button and the mode button. The shift button is on the right side of the mouse near your ring finger (or pinkie depending on your grip). This shift button allows you to give each button a second function. Take your standard left click button, typically it is your selection button in most Massive Multiplayer Online (M.M.O.) games, with the shift it can be both a selection and, say, a fireball spell. A quick on the fly switch saves you the time of moving your other hand around the keyboard to hit the corresponding button or moving a normal mouse across the game's interface to all the selections you need to make.
While the shift button makes that standard left button into 2 different commands, the mode button triples that. With a click the mode button, in conjunction with the shift button, you can now cycle through six different commands. The mode button has a three colored light (red, blue, and purple) to let you know what mode you are in.
It makes my head swim thinking of all the commands I could program into one button.
The other pre-programmed buttons are the DPI and Autolock buttons. The DPI (Dots per Inch) is dead center behind the scroll wheel. This button allows you to change the sensitivity of the laser which affects the speed your pointer moves across the screen. Clicking it rotates your through 4 different DPI settings. On either side of the DPI button are the left and right (respectively) Autolock buttons. These allow you to set the standard left and right button to "lock on or off". Say you want the standard left button stay depressed without holding it down, you can click the left Autolock button and it will stay "on" until you press it again. This is handy for those games where you have infinite ammo and want to keep firing forever.
Software Makes the Gamer
The software for the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse is easy to install and use. You can download many popular game profiles directly from Mad Catz for free or program it yourself. Either open the profile you wish to alter or open a new profile to build one from the ground up. Select your mode and shift (or not) then right click on the button interface, input the button command you want to execute, and save. It's that simple. If you ever get lost, support is a click away in the program. It will take you to the online version of the manual.
The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse really is a game changer. For the better. Reaching across a keyboard, looking down to see which buttons you are pressing, or just simply switching weapons becomes much easier and quicker with the Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse. My gameplay has improved with it. I'm quicker and more "Johnny-on-the-Spot." The thing I really like is it can take the place of button combos that I have a hard time reaching with one hand. It really is a valuable tool for any gamer. Actually it can be a valuable tool for anyone including non-gamers. You can set up a profile for any program on your computer. Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc. you are only limited by your own knowledge and imagination.
As with any new piece of hardware there is an adjustments period where getting used to it the biggest thing to overcome. Other than that the only real complaint I have is that it is wider than most mice on the market and even that such a minor complaint it's hardly worth mentioning.
Funnily enough in some ways it's just fun to play with the programming of mouse itself. Finding new ways to make a game easier, aiming tighter, commands quicker; you can spend a lot of time just tweaking.
The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse is a piece of hardware I can recommend for those looking for an edge in their game or just something to make it simpler.
The Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse is available now and useable on the PC or Mac. For more information see the Mad Catz Cyborg M.M.O. 7 Gaming Mouse web site.