Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Now Available

Competitive gaming is big business, as like any other sport, having the right equipment can help you perform better and also just improve the experience for you personally. Mad Catz has been working closely with pro gamers for years now, so it comes as no surprise that their latest headset is tailored to be suitable for that market.

“The F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 is a new tournament quality 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset optimized for competitive multiplayer gamers with an unrivaled level of audio personalization and an advanced dual microphone system for precision communication with teammates.” Said Mad Catz.

The name is a bit of a mouthful, it looks like a bad pick from the bag while playing Scrabble, but I don’t doubt the performance of this headset. Having used the F.R.E.Q.5 and the F.R.E.Q.7 over the last couple of years as part of (one of) my gaming setups, they’ve proven they can last a long time, sound great and provide a comfortable fit and the new TE looks to follow the same design cues as its predecessors.

“Connecting via standard USB, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 delivers highly immersive 7.1 surround sound via state-of-the-art audio customization software, placing the gamer in the heart of the action and in full control over their audio landscape. High quality 50mm audio drivers present the audio with precision clarity, providing the gamer with a full 360 degrees of positional awareness. In addition, the removable boom microphone with dual-chat mic system work in unison to actively cancel out environmental background noise and boost the clarity of the gamer’s voice to teammates.” Added Mad Catz

“As the next generation in our award-winning F.R.E.Q. line of high performance gaming audio headsets, the F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 exemplifies Mad Catz’ commitment to delivering products tailored to needs of today’s competitive gamers,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “In-game audio is vital to the performance of the player, and we believe that our F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1 will offer the competitive edge eSports and competitive gamers require to stay ahead of the competition. We’re confident that our strong line up of products spanning multiple gaming formats will see us build considerable momentum as we move towards the Holiday’s and into 2016.”

For more information, or to order your own F.R.E.Q. TE 7.1, check out the official Mad Catz store.

 

MadCatz R.A.T. TE (Tournament Edition) Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


MadCatz have been making gaming peripherals for many years now, and while the company used to have a bit of a reputation for cheaper third-party console peripherals, that is now a distant history for the company. MadCatz now make some of the hottest gaming accessories on the market and the R.A.T. gaming mice series is a prime example of what the company is capable of.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the MadCatz R.A.T. Tournament Edition (TE), which has been designed with competitive gaming in mind. With the ever-growing popularity of eSports, pro gaming, competitive gaming, online gaming or what ever you want to call it, there is a growing demand for premium grade peripherals that can help people win games.

“The R.A.T. TE has been designed to appeal to the e-sports professional. With a newly developed Phillips Doppler-laser sensor, the R.A.T. TE provides reference quality tracking with speeds up to 8200 DPI.”

The R.A.T. TE features some very promising specifications, such as the 8200 Phillips sensor, low lift-off height and 9 programmable buttons.

Specifications 

  • DPI Levels: 4
  • DPI Range: 100 – 8200 (in 25 DPI increments)
  • Acceleration: 50G
  • Polling Rate: Dynamic up to 1000Hz
  • Tracking Speed: Up to 6m/sec (240ips)
  • Lift-off Height: 0.2mm – 1mm
  • Programmable Controls: 9
  • Profile Modes: 3
  • Weight: 90g (without cable)
  • Always On: Yes
  • “Slick” PTFE Feet: Yes
  • Gold-plated Connector: Yes
  • L.E.D. Colours for each Mode: Red, Blue, Purple

Features

  • 8200 DPI Laser Doppler Sensor – High-speed motion detection and 4 customizable DPI settings
  • Adjustable Lift-Off Height – Avoids issues with tracking on the Z-axis
  • Oversized Precision Aim Button – Enables on-the-fly cursor sensitivity adjustment
  • Intuitive Drag-and-Drop Software – 27 user-definable commands via 9 programmable buttons over 3 modes
  • Quick & Lightweight – Weighs only 90 grams excluding the cable
  • Reliable & Long-Lasting – L and R mouse buttons, those used the most in gaming, have OMRON switches rated at 5,000,000 cycles

The packaging is really nicely designed and there is a clear image of the mouse on the front of the box, as well as the technical specifications on the right side.

Around the back you’ll find a quick run down of some of the major features; like the programmable buttons and the precision aim mode.

The mouse is fitted snug inside a protective mould, while the interior of the box lid is padded with foam.

In the box you’ll find a hard-wired mouse and a quick start guide.

R.A.T. Tournament Edition Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac Announced By Mad Catz

Mad Catz Interactive announced the R.A.T. Tournament Edition, a new mouse designed for the professional and competitive gaming community. Expected to ship early 2014 for PC and Mac, the R.A.T.TE has been designed to appeal to the e-sports professional. With a newly developed Phillips Doppler-laser sensor, the R.A.T. Tournament Edition provides reference quality tracking with speeds up to 8200 DPI.

Each feature of the R.A.T. Tournament Edition has been engineered for mobility, performance and precision. Weight has been reduced to decrease inertia; speed and resolution have been radically improved for faster reaction times, and programmable button mapping has been optimized for popular e-sports games. In addition, customizable attributes such as ‘Lift-Off’ height calibration and dynamic surface detection have been added to create the ideal mouse for professional gamers.

“We launched our original R.A.T. line of gaming mice four years ago, and we’re pleased to continue expanding this highly successful range with the announcement of the Tournament Edition model,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.TE is another example of our ongoing commitment to building high performance hardware for the passionate gaming community.”

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