Mad Catz marks returns with brand-new lineup

Mad Catz's R.A.T. 2 (left) and R.A.T. 1 (right) gaming mice. Mad Catz's R.A.T. 2 (left) and R.A.T. 1 (right) gaming mice. GEEKNIFTY / BARRY WHITE

They say cats have nine lives.  Eight months after its demise, Mad Catz uses one of theirs and returns to the forefront with a brand-new lineup of PC gaming peripherals.

Mad Catz's 2018 offerings are headlined by a new line of R.A.T. gaming mice.  The crowning jewel of this is the R.A.T. Air.  Innovative ,convenient, and incredibly lightweight, the R.A.T. Air is a wireless mouse that does not actually use a battery.  That lack of a battery is why it ways so little.

"Instead, you are using state-of-the art, German-built semiconductors," says Mad Catz representative Alex Verrey.

It's instead powered via induction from the bundled USB-powered, LED-illuminated mousepad.  Verry says the system only has 0.5 milliseconds of lag between control input and result.

Other R.A.T. models include the basic entry-level R.A.T. 1 and the RGB-illuminated R.A.T. 2.  The company also seems quite proud of the new R.A.T. Pro X3, which is a programmable and adjustable gaming mouse that has a variety of components that allow users to physically customize it.  Mad Catz will also be offering new mouse pads to match.

Two new gaming headsets are also on the way from the reborn gaming accessory company.  The F.R.E.Q. 4 is a 7.1 surround sound headset that features 40mm neodymium drivers, a retractable mic, and a sturdy-feeling metal plated frame.  There will also be a non-illuminated stereo version called the F.R.E.Q. 2.

A pair of Mad Catz gaming keyboards are also on the way.  This includes the S.T.R.I.K.E. 4 and the S.T.R.I.K.E. 2.  The former has full mechanical Cherry brown switches, RGB lighting, and an aluminum faceplate.  The latter also has an aluminum faceplate and backlit keys, but uses membrane key sensors rather than mechanical switches.

For now, the new Mad Catz will be focusing on the PC gaming crowd.  Specifically, the prosumer crowd that falls somewhere between the casual gamer and the esports enthusiast pros.  As for the possibility of re-entering the console peripheral and accessory market, Verrey said off-camera that could be a possibility in the future.

Most of the new Mad Catz peripherals are expected out in the coming months.

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