Price at time of Review: $150 by backing the Indiegogo campaign
WHAT WE LIKED:
Surprising relief of tension in the hand during use, Feels like a more natural extension of the hand which leads to faster reaction time
WHAT WE DISLIKED:
Mouse wheel seems too far back and the front thumb button seems a bit too forward, but it looks like those changes are already underway. Pricey.
The RBT definitely lives up to its claims on performance and while I can't verify carpal tunnel relief, I can say it feels more relaxing to use in relation to hand tension. Take it for what it's worth, but I have to own one now! (Remember that the review unit is a prototype)
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There is no denying that using the base of your fingers for clicking takes some getting used to. Initially, you’ll feel like your brain is thinking through every click as a result. The good news is that it doesn’t take very long to get used to the concept though. I feel like if you had to spend a month on the RBT before you can “really” understand it, then we might be trying to hard to make it work. For me, after about 15 minutes of perpetual use, I’m already starting to feel the clicks more naturally than when I first started.
Spending about an hour or two on the RBT got me to a point where I was no longer consciously thinking about clicking the buttons anymore. I was using the game Battlerite to test the performance. Battlerite is a great PvP game that doesn’t have long matches so people with tight schedules can still find time to play and rank up, but since every move is a skill shot, there’s a lot of clicking involved. I picked a particularly challenging champion to use, Jumong, and played multiple matches. Towards the end of my couple hour session, I started really feeling like the RBT was a much more natural extension of my hand than even the best mouse I’d ever used. The final test came with me immediately going back to my previous “favorite” gaming mouse only to discover that it felt like a brick in my hand!
Considering I was currently in a stage of being used to the RBT, that could just be confirmation bias. Writing this review a week later, being stuck with my traditional mice again, I can easily say that the RBT has ruined me for normal mouse use forever. I am perpetually aware of the strain in my hand that was absent from just a couple of hours on the RBT. Considering I don’t suffer from carpal tunnel or have ever experienced pain related to using mice, I personally see that as an incredible feat, thought I hope to work on more opinions down the road for understanding the physiology behind the ergonomics I’m feeling. Once again, check out the video portion as I go into further detail about my gaming impressions, then we can move on to the conclusion.
Needless to say I love computer hardware. With my reviews, I never forget what it's like trying to find parts on a tight budget and how excited I am about any new component I get my hands on. If there was a good effort in the design, then I'll find a reason why each component is great for someone!