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Madcatz Cyborg M.M.O.7 Mouse Review

Certified Geek gets a new mouse! Will he like it? Or is it a miniature Deceptacon programed to destroy the human race one mouse hand at a time?

Madcatz is not known for their quality products. Their reputation came from selling cheap replacement console controllers. They still have a rather large presence in that market. In the past few years, they have spun off a couple of subsidiary brands: Satek and Cyborg. These aimed at producing quality, high-end computer gaming peripherals. These brands have attempted to take a fresh look at the high end market and design truly unique products.

The Cyborg series that we are looking at here today tends to be all sharp angles and open areas giving it a fully inorganic and skeletonized look. They look like the T-1000’s of mice and keyboards. Surprisingly they are extremely comfortable proving how much material is wasted on most other products with flowing lines designed to make them look comfortable.

The M.M.O.7 mouse is a spin off of the Rat series of mice also created under the Cyborg name. This is truly a mouse created for gaming. It has an extra scroll wheel which is operated by the thumb.  It also has a mouse specific shift button giving each of its thirteen other buttons the option of serving double duty. The mode button triples that number giving a total of seventy eight total programmable options. There are also lock toggles on the primary left and right mouse buttons which can make those buttons be constantly active, even when not being pressed.

The interchangeable parts include: three palm rests,three pinky grips and five removable weights in six gram increments for a total of thirty grams. Each can be independently removed to tailor the weight to the user. Additionally, the thumb and palm rests can be adjusted higher or lower on the mouse giving even more customization. Personally I like the thumb rest all the way up, the tall palm rest half way up, the wing pinky rest, and all of the weights in.

If that wasn’t enough customization the sensitivity of the mouse can be adjusted from 25 DPI all the way up to 6400 DPI in 500 DPI increments. X and Y sensitivity are independently controllable as well. Four settings for sensitivity can be preset and changed on the fly with the push of yet another button. This is handy for me where I like 6400 DPI in games but prefer a slower 4500 DPI in Windows.

With that being said, it is a total bitch to configure. It works wonderfully after it it configured but it took me five hours to get it that way. It doesn’t come with an installation disk which really wouldn’t be an issue if the web address for the installation files were provided. Once the drivers and the configuration program are installed you can finally read a manual on the mouse, however it is not as clear as it could be. The biggest issue I had was in missing one of the downloads when installing the mouse.  The pre configured settings are really important I couldn’t get the buttons to work inside of WoW without them but on the downloads page they just looked like random links that were not needed.

After the installing issues in this mouse, I love it. It is the most comfortable, and adjustable mouse I have ever owned. I switched from a Razr Naga to a Steel Series WoW Cataclysm mouse to the M.M.O 7 mouse, and each has felt like a significant upgrade.


Certified Geek

Episode 248: The World Didn’t End, So It’s Back to Work, Everybody

Hey guess what? It’s Monday. Everyone’s accounted for, no one got raptured, and we have a new episode of the ESH podcast ready to go.

In this week’s episode Panda steals the show to talk about (fawn and drool over) Rockstar Games latest release: L.A. Noire. From gameplay to aesthetics to plot lines and mechanics, there’s very little of the game she doesn’t cover. Rich with subplot, subtext and subterfuge (lovin’ that alliteration) Noire is like many other games you’ve seen as much as it’s unlike any other game you’ve played. If you don’t get what that line means, you’ll just have to listen to the segment to figure it out.

Closing out the show, NinJa steals a page from the book of Panda to talk about the Funimation licensed anime seriesLinebarrels of Iron. (Spoiler alert: It’s gots mechas in it!)

Grab a cup of whatever wakes you up the most and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 248: The World Didn’t End, So It’s Back to Work, Everybody

Episode 241: I Was Saving All the Nasty, Dirty Stuff For My Rogue

Dragon Age 2: Fenris

Yes, I'm emo. Your point?

Have no fear: a new episode of the ESH podcast is here! (Finally)

We didn’t forget about doing a show this week, only about scheduling it to go live at the right time. In any event this episode is all Pandalicious as she runs through her Dragon Age (Origins, Awakenings, and recently released DA 2) experiences, thoughts and more on the Xbox 360.

From gameplay mechanics to detailed breakdowns of the major plot-lines in each game, Pandalicious provides one of her most in-depth reviews of a franchise this week with NinJa injecting a question or two into the mix from time to time. (She hasn’t actually played the game yet…sorry BioWare.

Grab a frosty beverage and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 241: I Was Saving All the Nasty, Dirty Stuff For My Rogue

Episode 222: Don’t Play Dance Central Naked

Ok, it’s technically still Monday and we have a new episode of the ESH podcast for you, so SUPER YAY!
This episode is chock-full of video game stuff… but it also has ANIME

This week the ladies RAVE about Harmonix recent Xbox Kinect-enabled game, Dance Central and after running down the title for nearly 45 minutes they share their Holiday Gift buying recommendations on the title before moving on to a new anime series they have been watching called, The World God Only Knows. The series never takes itself too seriously and after seeing the first 6 episodes both NinJa and Panda have specific and strong feelings about it.

Go and grab a cold beverage and enjoy ESH Podcast Episode 222: Don’t Play Dance Central Naked