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Gaming peripheral test 2010: Mousepads
 
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Posted on: Jul 15, 2010 13:14:57 IST

 
 

Some might question the sanity of buying a discrete gaming mat, although any gamer worth his DX11 graphic card will scoff at the very notion of using cheap mousepads. Gaming mousepads are usually designed ground up for use with a particular series of mice. The surface is typically larger, since while gaming there’s a lot more mouse movement. The surface is also made of special materials that offer the perfect balance between slide and grip, of course this is optimised for a particular type of mouse, as different mice have different feet. If you are wondering whether a gaming mat is for you or not, the answer is simple – if you’re serious about gaming and comfort, you’ll consider one. It also ensures your pricey mouse gets comfortable shoes for its feet, for poorly designed mats can damage or change the characteristics of the Teflon feet used on mice.

Razer Destructor

Razer is known for making gamers happy, and the Destructor seems like a worthy attempt. It’s a deviation from the soft, cloth-based, foam-backed surfaces we’re used to seeing. Instead the Destructor has a hard surface that has just enough texture to be termed as “unsmooth”. In fact the texture is similar to very fine sandpaper – although it’s not abrasive to your fingertips. There is a thin layer of soft rubber on the rear side of the hard surface, and this provides excellent grip – the mat will not slide on the table, no matter how hard you try. The mat ships in a fancy, rigid zipper case that should easily protect it from most wear and tear.

While testing we couldn’t help but notice how wide this mat is – great for gaming, where mouse movements are erratic and sudden and the travel distance is a lot. Tracking is very, very accurate, and this is not something limited to Razer mice. We found even Logitech’s MX 518 and G500 gaming mice tracked wonderfully on this surface, although coming from a cloth-weave-based gaming mat you’ll need to adjust to the relatively higher acceleration and slightly lower initial resistance that the surface provides. However, accuracy is not sacrificed over speed making the Destructor a truly killer prospect for the competition. We also tried Razer’s own Mamba and Imperator mice on the Destructor, and are pleased to report very good results. The slightly harder Teflon feet on the Deathadder are not as conducive to the slide on the Destructor, but the Mamba and the Imperator glide effortlessly, and despite the slickness there’s accuracy when you want it.

The surface is easier to clean than cloth weaves – a nice plus. Additionally it seems to wear well, although we’ve hardly used it long enough to comment on longevity. Just make sure it’s cleaned well, because any dust causes it to lose grip, and causes erratic mouse movement. Cloth mice have gaps between the weave that fill with dust, there’s nothing of the sort here, a wipe with a smooth cloth and you’re done. Its well suited to FPS games and RPGs fans alike; the price of Rs. 2,599 is expensive for some, but it’s an excellent product. We haven’t used this long enough to comment. 

    
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