The RBT (Right ‘Bove Touch) Rebel Real mouse is new to the market from a new company by the name of QuadraClicks Gaming, located in Los Angeles, California. They have gotten their start through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and have been successful in getting their design manufactured and ready for public consumption. As a fledgling company, they’re still in the process of establishing the basics such as a website while currently relying on their Indiegogo page for information.
Their goal was to design a new mouse which helps eliminate some of the physical issues associated with using a PC mouse for extended periods time at work or play. Common issues associated with extended usage range from arthritis in the fingers, Carpal Tunnel of the wrist, and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) of the neck and shoulder even headaches can be attributed to extended mouse usage.
To accomplish this, the team at QuadraClicks Gaming took a differing approach to hand placement and how you interact with the main buttons of the mouse. The main buttons on the RBT “Rabbit” have been moved up more to the top of the mouse like ears as the creators describe them. This does give the RBT a very unconventional appearance, but the idea was to take the pressure off the fingers tips and distribute it along the length of the finger. This approach also changes the muscle groups which are used, moving them away from the hand and into the arm. According to the QuadraClicks crew, this should eliminate RSI related to mouse usage and also improve accuracy and reduce reaction time.
Specifications and Features
Including the Pixart 3336 optical sensor and 250 IPS with 50 G acceleration gives the RBT Rebel the advantages of a gaming mouse with great tracking abilities. Combine that with the downloadable software that allows customized settings for polling rates, DPI, and the six programmable buttons the RBT can be finely tuned for every situation. Full specifications are listed below.
|QuadraClicks RBT Rebel Real 1.112 Specifications|
|Mouse Type||Optical, Right Handed|
|Optical Sensor||Pixart PWM 3336|
|Rated DPI||500/1000/2000/4000/6000/10700 DPI fully customizable|
|Polling Rate||250/500/750/1000 Hz polling rates|
|Number of Buttons||6 programmable buttons plus LED ON/OFF switch|
|Movement||250 IPS with 50 G acceleration|
|Connectivity||USB Type-A, 1.8 M braided cable|
|Dimensions||114 mm x 64 mm x 44 mm|
|Warranty||1-year limited, exchange only|
The RBT Rebel arrived in a plain cardboard box for shipping. Inside was a black box wrapped in bubble wrap for protection during transport. The packaging itself doesn’t have many particulars about the mouse such as specifications. The front has a line drawing of the mouse with the RBT logo and aside from a couple of ad-like sayings it’s quite plain. Turning it over reveals the serial number and address for QuadraClicks.
Once inside you can see the RBT Rebel is very well packed in a foam cutout with separate pockets for the main unit and the cable. Removing the mouse and foam we find a small leaflet detailing the button functions and locations. The Rebel does have some proprietary software, this leaflet would have been a good place to include a download link. I will add this link to the review in the software section later on.
A Closer Look
The first thing you’ll notice about the RBT Rebel Real is it’s not your typical optical mouse. The main left and right buttons are raised off of the main body which gives them the appearance of “ears”. I have to wonder if that’s why there’s a rabbit in their logo. QuadraClicks does use the term “rabbit” in some of their writings, but usually as a replacement for RBT. The mouse also includes your typical click/scroll wheel and directly behind that you’ll find your DPI switch for mouse sensitivity. They have also included two buttons on the “thumb” side of the mouse, and finally moving to the bottom you’ll find a switch to turn the LED of and on which illuminates the RBT logo.
The QuadraClicks software allows for fully customizing your RBT mouse to best suit your needs and the ability to save your custom profiles for easy access. Each button is programmable and it also includes a macro feature for complicated moves. The DPI button has six positions which can also be user defined with custom settings and LED color coding so you know with a glance which setting you’re using. Initially, I did find the LED section a bit awkward trying to set a static color but soon figured out it was connected to the DPI switch. The software itself is a nice small package and quite easy to use opening up nearly limitless possibilities for custom tuning your RBT mouse exactly the way you like it. Here’s a direct download link to the software.
Using the RBT Rebel was a bit awkward at first and did take some time to grow accustomed to. The shape and position are quite different from a conventional mouse but that was to be expected as the idea behind it is to help eliminate some physical symptoms and even injuries that go along with extended use of a PC. This is what attracted me to the RBT in the first place.
Without going into too much detail, I have spent the better part of the last 15 years perched at a desk behind a PC eight hours a day for work, plus my extracurricular activities which also revolve around a PC. This has taken a bit of a toll on my right side which always seems to have a mouse in hand and has caused some physical symptoms that have grown to be quite uncomfortable over the last few years.
After using the RBT Rebel in place of my standard DELL mouse at work for the course of a week it actually grew on me. The ironic part is I didn’t realize how much it was helping until I forgot it at home the following Monday. Within the first hour of using the DELL mouse the numbness was creeping back into my first two fingers, and by the end of the day, I had that all too familiar headache. I can’t say this mouse is a cure for anything, but it really did help me.
The RBT Rebel Real can be found on Amazon for $88.88 plus $4.99 shipping which is a bit pricey for a mouse compared to some high-quality gaming mice on the market these days. After using it for over a week and knowing what I know now, to me that’s a small price to pay for the relief I feel from it. I can honestly say it has worked for me and would recommend it to anyone who has similar issues caused by extended PC use. Overclockers Approved!
-Shawn Jennings (Johan45)