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Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review (Mouse)

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review (Mouse)

Past experience with Mad Catz products tells us that they are happy to step away from the norm when it comes to product design. The S.T.R.I.K.E. keyboards for example are pretty unique in their design. And of course the R.A.T. mice with movable parts isn’t a design you see every day. So we always look forward to seeing what they have to offer and today we cover one of their latest mice in our Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review.

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review – Packaging and bundle

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The M.M.O. TE arrives in a compact box which shows a nice clear image of the product on the front, then goes on to list detailed specifications on the side. Bundled with the M.M.O.TE is a short guide and some stickers. A note attached to the base of the mouse points us towards the Mad Catz site to grab the latest software and driver.

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review – The Mouse

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Starting with the overall design of the M.M.O TE we have a mouse which clearly takes its design ethic from the previous R.A.T. mice from Mad Catz. That said, the goal of the TE (Tournament Edition) is to keep things as streamlined and straightforward as possible. Our main surface on the mouse uses a black rubberised surface and across it are various blue flashes which add some style. Extending from the front of the mouse we have a braided cable which ends in a gold plated USB connector with 1000Hz polling. Also worthy of note on the above views are the two programmable buttons either side of the scroll wheel, the DPI selector between them and the mode switch off to the left which allows us to move between profiles, each with 20 configurable buttons.

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Turning to the left side of the mouse we find a set of LEDs which let us know which of the DPI profiles is active and then we have the section which makes this mouse ideal for MMO players. In our thumb area we have 12 user configurable buttons. So we might have them set to browser back, forward etc for desktop use, or maybe use one for sniper in FPS gaming before moving to profile 3 where they are set to our num-pad or appropriate buttons for MMO/MOBA gaming. Turning round to the right hand side of the mouse we have another rubberized area with a final button, again user configurable.

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In the first image above it is possible to see the extended mode for the mouse, essentially a lever allows us to move the palm area through a range of motion to find a length that suits our hand. Flipping over the mouse we find that the base has six low friction feet which sit on a transparent blue plastic surface. In the centre we have an 8200dpi sensor which can  be configured from 100 upwards in 25unit steps. Mad Catz note an acceleration rating of 50G with tracking speed of 6m/sec (240 ips). Finally, the weight (without cable) is 100g.

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review – Software

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As far as software goes, our experience starts with a screen which allows us to configure the various buttons on the mouse. We can set commands, keys, see our favourites and configure custom commands (Macro’s). Profiles for key games such as WoW are available and moving on to Support we get links to assist in resolving any issues, or to Social Media but the main functionality is in the settings tab.

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In Settings we can control key aspects of the M.M.O.TE such as the DPI level for each profile. Then getting more advanced we can for example set the power saving level (handy for laptop gamers on the move) or configure lift off distance to match our gaming surface. The final setting offers sensor tweaks, allowing us to manage environmental issues, or switch to true tracking without enhancements.

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Review – User Experience and Conclusion

Starting with the build quality and design of the mouse we should first note that glossy red, black and white versions are also available. We would have actually chosen the matt/rubberised version anyway, so a bonus that Mad Catz randomly sent it for review. The extra grip and softer feel of this finish always suits a mouse in our opinion. The left and right buttons use OMRON switches which is always good to see and as a whole the mouse feels solid, if maybe a little light for our tastes. That said, low weight is a goal so we cant really criticise it. Those concerned about how stable the palm area might be at full length will find no issues and it is good to see Mad Catz use a nice chunky braided cable too.

Software wise, the drag and drop functionality of the user interface makes setting up buttons nice and easy. In the more detailed settings, Mad Catz have made a decision to split almost every setting onto its own tab. That means a bunch of extra clicks to set things up, however it does give them a lot of space to explain each setting well to the user, including the use of diagrams for some.

So how was it to use? Overall very good. The mouse tracked well on various surfaces and offered plenty of speed. DPI changes were instantaneous and the light feel of the mouse does promote speed while reducing fatigue in longer gaming sessions. The two extra buttons which cut in to the left/right were a bit of an issue for us at first. They are very easy to action, infact the main left/right are too. We would like a bit more resistance on them but again that is a taste thing and many will likely appreciate how quick they are to activate.

Summary: Light, stylish, decent functionality mixed with good software make for a nicely rounded product. The weight and easy to activate top buttons might not appeal to everyone but for those who want a customizable mouse with great MMO functionality the M.M.O. TE is ideal.

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Stuart Davidson


  1. Sven

    Although Mad Catz claims Mac support, they don’t provide any Mac software allowing to use the programmable buttons!!!

    Service wrote (01/22/2015):
    “”I am sorry to inform you that we do not offer a MMO TE software for Mac. You will be able to use the MMO TE as a generic mouse using only it’s basic functions but the macros are none programmable with a Mac. The only mouse that has a software for the Mac would be the Rat 9″”

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