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Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 29, 2021 at 10:39 am
Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ Picture
7.0
Office/Multimedia
8.1
Video Games (FPS)
7.9
Video Games (MMO)
8.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
5.0
Travel
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is an adjustable, modular mouse with a sleek but aggressive gamer aesthetic. It has a solid plastic shell, a dedicated CPI button behind the scroll wheel, and a pair of side buttons on either side. Its modular pieces include a tall or short-style palm rest and a pair of streamlined side panels, and thicker ones with finger rests. It has an ambidextrous shape that's universally suitable for all grip types and very nearly all hand sizes; however, small hands may have difficulty reaching the front side buttons using a fingertip grip. Performance-wise, it has a low lift-off distance, very low click latency, a very wide CPI range, a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz, and you can precisely adjust the CPI by increments of 50. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is quite inconsistent.

Our Verdict

7.0 Office/Multimedia

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is decent for office and multimedia work. It feels well-built and has a comfortable, ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and most hand sizes. You can also reprogram all of the buttons using the Windows-compatible customization software. Unfortunately, there are no wireless connectivity options, and the scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and a free-scrolling mode.

Pros
  • Feels well-built overall.
  • Side buttons on both sides and modular pieces allow you to configure the mouse in a right or left-handed configuration.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Scroll wheel lacks L/R tilt buttons and doesn't unlock for free-scrolling.
8.1 Video Games (FPS)

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is an impressive FPS gaming mouse. It's somewhat lightweight in its lightest configuration and feels well-built. It also has an ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes, though small hands may not comfortably reach both side buttons on either side using a fingertip grip. Performance-wise, it has a low lift-off distance, very low click latency, a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz, and you can precisely adjust the CPI by increments of 50 within a very broad range. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is also very inconsistent, undershooting the set CPI more during faster mouse movements.

Pros
  • Feels well-built overall.
  • Low click latency.
  • Side buttons on both sides and modular pieces allow you to configure the mouse in a right or left-handed configuration.
  • Somewhat lightweight in its lightest configuration.
Cons
  • Cable and mouse feet are only decent quality compared to most other high-end gaming mice.
  • The sensor is quite inconsistent.
7.9 Video Games (MMO)

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is good for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse. That said, it feels well-built, and you can program all of the buttons it does have using the customization software. It also has an ambidextrous shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. Performance-wise, it has a low lift-off distance, very low click latency, a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz, a very wide CPI range, and you can precisely adjust the CPI by increments of 50. Unfortunately, the sensor on our unit is quite inconsistent.

Pros
  • Feels well-built overall.
  • Low click latency.
  • Side buttons on both sides and modular pieces allow you to configure the mouse in a right or left-handed configuration.
Cons
  • Not nearly as many side buttons as a dedicated MMO gaming mouse.
  • Cable and mouse feet are only decent quality compared to most other high-end gaming mice.
8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ may be a great choice for some users for ultra-light gaming, but it isn't designed for this purpose, and it's much heavier than dedicated ultra-light gaming mice in all but its lightest configuration. Despite this, it has very low click latency and feels well-built overall. It also has a maximum polling rate of 2000Hz, which is higher than most gaming mice. Unfortunately, its mouse feet don't glide as smoothly as those on most other high-end options, and its braided cable isn't very flexible.

Pros
  • Feels well-built overall.
  • Low click latency.
  • Side buttons on both sides and modular pieces allow you to configure the mouse in a right or left-handed configuration.
  • Somewhat lightweight in its lightest configuration.
Cons
  • Cable and mouse feet are only decent quality compared to most other high-end gaming mice.
  • The sensor is quite inconsistent.
5.0 Travel

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is inadequate for travel as it's bulky and unlikely to fit in most laptop cases. It's also a wired-only mouse, making it a cumbersome choice for tight spaces like buses, trains, or planes. That said, it feels well-built overall and has a comfortable shape suitable for all grip types and nearly all hand sizes. It also has onboard memory, useful for carrying your custom settings between devices without installing the software.

Pros
  • Feels well-built overall.
Cons
  • Wired-only.
  • Bulky; likely won't fit in most laptop cases.
  • 7.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 8.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 8.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 5.0 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 29, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Oct 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color RGB
Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (126 mm)
Height 1.6" (41 mm)
Width 2.6" (66 mm)
Grip Width
52 mm

The dimensions of the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ vary depending on what modular pieces are installed. We've obtained the measurements with the thinner side panels and the standard palm rest installed. With the taller palm rest installed, the height is 1.65" (42mm), and with both wider side panels installed, the width of the mouse is 3.6" (90.5mm).

5.5
Design
Portability
Volume
21.11 in³ (346 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
138 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
103 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
86 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ includes several modular pieces with different weights. The standard, shorter palm rest weighs 7.79g, while the taller palm panel weighs 8.5g. The thinner side panels weigh 4.7g each, and the thicker side panels with the finger rests weigh 5.76g each. We tested the maximum weight of the mouse with the taller palm rest and the thicker side panels installed, while we obtained our minimum weight result without any side panels and with the shorter, standard palm rest installed.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ feels well-built. There's minor flexing in the plastic body, specifically on the removable panels, which creak if you apply enough pressure. Also, the left and right-click buttons wobble slightly.

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb and Pinky
Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
0
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No
7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.1 ft (1.9 m)
Cable Type
Braided
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
USB
7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+
  • Standard palm rest (installed on mouse)
  • Tall palm rest
  • 2x thin side panels (installed on mouse)
  • 2x thick side panels with thumb rests
  • Stickers
  • User documentation

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
PixArt PMW3389
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
50 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
16,000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
15%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
2000 Hz

The available polling rate settings on the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ are 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1000Hz, and 2000Hz. You can cycle through four custom CPI settings using the dedicated CPI button behind the scroll wheel by default. Unfortunately, the sensor on the unit we tested is quite inconsistent, and we found it undershoots the set CPI by 3.15% during slow cursor movements and overshoots by 11.6% during faster movements.

7.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
4
Number Of Programmable Inputs
10
Profile Switching Button
Yes
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
No

You can reprogram all of the buttons on the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+. You can also reprogram the scroll wheel up/down inputs. The software issues a warning prompt when you try to reprogram the left-click button, but you can ignore it.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel
Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
8.5
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
10 ms
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name MADCATZ B.A.T. 6+
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
Yes
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
Yes
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
Yes
8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The side buttons on the right side of the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+have no default function in macOS, and since there isn't any compatible software option for Mac to program them, the buttons are effectively useless.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ we tested is black, and there are no other color variants. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is an impressive wired gaming mouse with an aggressive gamer aesthetic. Unlike many older Mad Catz mice, which have more angular, segmented designs, this mouse has a sleeker, more aerodynamic aesthetic. It also has modular parts you can add or remove to modify the overall style and comfort. These modular pieces include both a standard height and slightly taller palm rest and either thinner side panels or wider panels with added finger rests. Also, unlike many gaming mice, the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ has a true ambidextrous design with side buttons on either side, making it a great choice for left-handed users.

For more options, see our picks for the best wired mouse, the best gaming mouse, and the best ergonomic mouse.

Logitech G502 HERO

The Logitech G502 HERO has better overall performance than the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+. The Logitech feels better built and has a higher maximum CPI range, a more consistent sensor, and a lower lift-off distance. It also has four additional buttons. The Logitech also allows you to assign a G-Shift button to enable a secondary layer of commands and the scroll wheel has L/R tilt functions and a free-scrolling mode. Additionally, the software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the software for the Mad Catz is only compatible with Windows. The Mad Catz is significantly lighter and has modular pieces, including a thumb and pinky rest. It also has a higher maximum polling rate and side buttons on both sides.

Glorious Model D

The Glorious Model D is a remarkable extra-light gaming mouse, while the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ is a great gaming mouse with modular palm and finger rests. The Glorious is significantly lighter and has a more flexible cable. It also has mouse feet that glide much more smoothly and a more consistent sensor. On the other hand, the Mad Catz feels somewhat sturdier and has two additional side buttons on the right side. Performance-wise, it also has a wider CPI range, you can also adjust the CPI more precisely, and it has a higher maximum polling rate.

Razer Viper Ultimate

The Razer Viper Ultimate and the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ are true ambidextrous gaming mice with side buttons on either side. However, the Mad Catz is a wired-only mouse, while the Razer is a wireless mouse with better overall performance. The Razer is also somewhat lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly. Performance-wise, it has a more consistent sensor, a lower minimum lift-off distance, a higher maximum CPI, and marginally lower click latency. You can also set a HyperShift button to enable a secondary layer of commands. Comparatively, the Mad Catz has modular pieces, including a thumb and pinky rest and a higher maximum polling rate. It's also more accommodating to more hand sizes overall.

Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+

The Mad Catz R.A.T. 8+ and the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ are comparable wired gaming mice with modular palm and finger rests that you can add and remove to change the look and feel of the mouse. The R.A.T. 8+ feels sturdier, has a lower lift-off distance, and has a more consistent sensor. It also has one additional side button and a thumb scroll wheel. On the other hand, the B.A.T. 6+ is significantly lighter, and although it has one fewer side button overall, it has two side buttons on either side. It also has a more flexible cable, mouse feet that glide more smoothly, and lower click latency.

Razer Viper Mini

The Razer Viper Mini and the Mad Catz B.A.T. 6+ are both wired gaming mice, but the Razer has better overall performance. The Razer is significantly lighter and feels sturdier. It also has mouse feet that glide more smoothly, a more consistent sensor, and lower click latency. On the other hand, the Mad Catz has modular pieces, including a thumb and pinky rest. It also has a much wider CPI range, a higher maximum polling rate, and you can adjust the CPI more precisely. Both mice are suitable for all grip types, but the Razer is better suited for smaller hands, while the Mad Catz is suitable for all but small-sized hands using a fingertip grip.

Logitech G403 HERO

The Logitech G403 HERO has better overall performance than the Mad Catz B.A.T 6+. The Logitech feels sturdier and has a more flexible cable. It also has better quality mouse feet, a higher maximum CPI, a more consistent sensor, and a lower minimum lift-off distance. Also, the software is compatible with Windows and macOS, while the Mad Catz only has software compatible with Windows. On the other hand, the Mad Catz is marginally lighter and has several modular pieces, including side panels with a thumb and pinky rest. It also has a higher maximum polling rate and two extra side buttons on the right side.

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