Mad Catz announces the B.A.T. 6+ gaming mouse with Dakota switches

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: Dakota switches utilize a new signal detection technology to “precisely process signal registration.” This, in turn, “accelerates the switch’s response time to within only two milliseconds” and is also said to help maintain accuracy over time that can happen when a spring loses its elasticity. According to Mad Catz, the switch response time is 60 percent faster than “other” mechanical switches.

Veteran gaming peripheral maker Mad Catz during CES on Monday announced its second new gaming mouse in as many weeks.

The B.A.T. 6+ is a wired ambidextrous pointer packing a PixArt PMW3389 optical sensor rated at 16,000 DPI (400 inch per second, 50G acceleration). In addition to swappable palm rests and side skirts, the 10-button rodent can store up to five user profiles and features Mad Catz’s new Dakota mechanical switch.

Mad Catz has been around since the late 80s but fell on tough times a few years back and was forced to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy in early 2017. The gaming peripheral maker got a second lease on life the following year and has seemingly been making the most of its new opportunity.

If you’d prefer a wireless solution, the R.A.T. DWS that was announced last week might be more to your liking. Both are scheduled to start shipping in early February. No word yet on pricing for either model as of this writing.

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psycros

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I didn't know Mad Katz was back. Nice to see an ambidextrous gaming mouse for a change :)
 

lipe123

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Bought a RAT5, everyone told me not too because they break easily.
It broke after less than a year.

With a reputation like that how is this company going to get people to try again?
 
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Adhmuz

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Who what and why did they get a second chance? I remember them going bankrupt back in 2017 and was thinking, wow they hadn't already gone bankrupt. I think the last time I remember seeing a Mad Catz product was almost 10 years ago.
 

Reehahs

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Bought a RAT5, everyone told me not too because they break easily.
It broke after less than a year.

With a reputation like that how is this company going to get people to try again?
My RAT3 had to retire after it decided to skip some clicks at times.
 

kimo1

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My RAT3 had to retire after it decided to skip some clicks at times.
That's why I hate gaming mice: absurd price, but all use the same **** switches. I game with passion and "70 000 000 clicks" is total bullshit.
ASUS started to sell mice where switches can be easily replaced, without need to solder anything. Sadly, it's difficult to get spare switches in my country. I now simply purchase cheap mice so I wouldn't get angry on myself for wasting money on "gaming" trash again.
 

Nobina

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On the topic of durability, I have this $20 "gaming" A4Tech mouse I bought 8-9 years ago all the way in high school, abused it almost every day playing Counter-Strike and it still works flawlessly except the red sticker on it faded and it looks like crap because of it.

I would not trust reviewers that shill expensive gaming mice that inevitably break after a year.
 

arrowflash

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On the topic of durability, I have this $20 "gaming" A4Tech mouse I bought 8-9 years ago all the way in high school, abused it almost every day playing Counter-Strike and it still works flawlessly except the red sticker on it faded and it looks like crap because of it.

I would not trust reviewers that shill expensive gaming mice that inevitably break after a year.
Same here. A4Tech mice aren't very good functionality and usability-wise, and the outer materials are poor quality. But they are very durable and reliable.

They're the exact opposite of Logitech gaming mice, which are good in functionality, usability and finishing, but I'm yet to see one that never had any problems after 1 year of use.

That's why I hate gaming mice: absurd price, but all use the same **** switches. I game with passion and "70 000 000 clicks" is total bullshit.
ASUS started to sell mice where switches can be easily replaced, without need to solder anything. Sadly, it's difficult to get spare switches in my country. I now simply purchase cheap mice so I wouldn't get angry on myself for wasting money on "gaming" trash again.
Same here. After a Logitech G402 and later a Logitech G Pro that ended up presenting an assortment of problems within 6 months ~ 1 year of use, I'm only going to purchase sub-$30 gaming mice (like the aforementioned A4Tech) from now on.

I'd be perfectly fine just using non-gaming mice, if only they had higher dpi (I don't need five-digit dpi, my sweet spot for 1080p gaming is only 1800 dpi but most non gaming mice don't even reach that).
 
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0dium

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On the topic of durability, I have this $20 "gaming" A4Tech mouse I bought 8-9 years ago all the way in high school, abused it almost every day playing Counter-Strike and it still works flawlessly except the red sticker on it faded and it looks like crap because of it.

I would not trust reviewers that shill expensive gaming mice that inevitably break after a year.
Same here. Both of my x7 mice still work