The B.A.T 6+ ($95), an ambidextrous mouse with a slick, eye-catching appearance, is the newest addition to Mad Catz’s series of modular gaming mice. Mad Catz claims it was inspired by “spaceships, hypercars, and batmobiles.” It may not be as cyberpunk-inspired as its mechanical cousin, the R.A.T. 8+, but it still has many of the same features as Mad Catz’s other flagship animals, such as programmable buttons and swappable parts that provide users a wide range of comfort and customization options—at a cost, of course.
MAD CATZ B.A.T. 6+ SPECS
|Number of Buttons||10|
|Sensor Maker and Model||PixArt PMW3389|
|Sensor Maximum Resolution||16000 dpi|
|Power Source||Wired USB|
|Warranty (Parts and Labor)||2 year|
Although the concept of a modular mouse may appear overwhelming at first, the B.A.T. 6+ is rather simple to understand. The exoskeleton of the B.A.T. is visible right out of the box. Left and right-click panels, a rubber-grip scroll wheel, a dots per inch (DPI) cycle button in the center, and two buttons nestled between the folds of either side are all present. The silver B.A.T. plate at the bottom of the hand resembles a car license plate, and the RGB lights on the mouse’s side are visible.
When you consider the accompanying attachments, things start to become interesting. Two interchangeable side grips and a palm rest are included. The magnetic inserts make it simple to snap all of the pieces together. The B.A.T. 6+ is a sight to behold when all three pieces are in use, and it’s also quite comfortable, regardless of your playing style. The 5.4-ounce mouse glides effortlessly back and forth, and the wing attachments give a small amount of breadth to the 1.6-by-4.9-by-2.5-inch (HWD) frame.
The mouse is functional right out of the box, but the attachments are required to get the most out of the B.A.T. 6+. The mouse’s ergonomic design fits my hand perfectly, and movement was smooth in every game I tried. You may simply pull one of the attachments off the mouse if you get weary of it or want to modify your configuration to match the game you’re playing. You won’t have to deal with any extra plastic pieces like you would if you used the HP Omen Photon. Simply snap off and on as necessary.
The B.A.T. 6+ is equipped with Mad Catz Dakota technology, a signal-detection algorithm that speeds up response time for more precise clicks. This is connected with a PixArt PMW3389 sensor, which has a polling rate of 2,000Hz and is accurate up to 16,000dpi. In layman’s words, this means your inputs will be quick and responsive, which is ideal for fast-paced shooters and action games. By clicking the DPI cycle button in the middle of the mouse, you may easily change the DPI between four preset values.
Everything feels and looks high-end, which is understandable given the price. The B.A.T. 6+ costs just under $100, which is about average for wireless mice but a little costly for a wired one. It feels even higher when you realize that the older R.A.T. 8+ costs about the same and comes with a few more features than its winged counterpart.
Create Your Own
The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ app runs on Mad Catz’s Flux software platform, so if you’ve used the R.A.T. DWS or any other Mad Catz mouse, you’ll be familiar with the interface. It’s simple, but it’s easy to use.
In the programming tab, users can customize up to five profiles and use all ten buttons on the B.A.T. 6+. The Settings tab controls the mouse’s DPI, polling rate, and whether the DPI switch is enabled or disabled. Angle Snap can also be enabled for more consistent input.
Finally, the Chameleon tab of the Flux software allows you to customize the RGB lighting. You only have four light effect options, one of which is to turn the lights out completely. The RGB lights are also covered by the wing attachments, so they stay rather unobtrusive even when the brightness is set all the way up.
With Wings, an R.A.T.
The B.A.T. 6+ has fewer customization possibilities than previous R.A.T. variations, and it doesn’t quite match the HyperX Pulsefire Haste, our Editors’ Choice for premium gaming mice. We like the comfy, ergonomic design, and the peripheral is really attractive. Most gamers will be satisfied with the modification options available, which include detachable wings and a palm rest, while some may wish for more control or something less expensive.
|B.A.T. 6+||R.A.T. 8+||R.A.T. PRO X3||R.A.T. AIR||R.A.T. DWS||M.O.J.O. M1|
|Wired or Wireless||Wired||Wired||Wired||Wireless||Wireless||Wired|
|Sensor||PIXART PMW 3389||PIXART PMW 3389||PIXART PMW 3389||PIXART PMW 3360||PIXART PAW 3335DB||PIXART PMW 3360|
|DPI Range||Up to 16000||Up to 16000||Up to 16000||Up to 12000||Up to 16000||Up to 12000|
|Tracking Speed||400 IPS||400 IPS||400 IPS||250 IPS||400 IPS||250 IPS|
|Macro Keys / Programmable Keys||10||11||10||11||14||N/A|
|Left and Right Buttons||Up to 60M clicks||Up to 50M clicks||Up to 50M clicks||Up to 50M clicks||Up to 60M clicks||Up to 60M clicks|