Razer Destructor Professional Gaming Mat
Razer is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about gaming peripherals. Razer's latest mousepad—the Destructor—was shown at CES 2008. Razer was kind enough to send us one. The Destructor was co-developed with three of the world's top professional gaming teams and promises high-precision gameplay.
Appearance & Features
The Destructor comes with its own carrying case, which is initially wrapped in a cardboard cover. The front of the cover has a giant-sized picture of the surface itself, along with the logos of the three professional gamer teams that helped design this mouse surface.
The rear of the packaging includes quotes from some of the gamers that co-developed the Destructor, as well as graphs showing the performance increase when using the Destructor. The graphs show a 37% increase in traction for laser mice, and 25% for optical mice.
After removing the packaging, I was greeted by Razer's triple-snake logo embroidered into the solid, fabric-covered case that held the Destructor. Although the Destructor's surface is a scratch-resistant coating, the case makes sure that the Destructor won't be damaged during transport.
The Destructor itself is 13.75" by 10.25", and is only 2.3mm tall. The surface is coated in a proprietary gunmetal coating, which Razer calls it's Fractal&tm; textured surface. Aside from providing a great surface for precise movements, the Fractal&tm; surface also is quite resilient when it comes to use and abuse.
The rear of the Destructor is a sticky, gel-like rubber that holds the Destructor to the desk or table very well. I was unable to move the Destructor while pushing against it from the top on my desk.
My usual test for mousepads relies on Unreal Tournament 2004 and regular desktop usage. This is the test I decided on for the Razer Destructor as well. What defines a good mouse surface is how well it augments your performance.
In desktop usage, I didn't find much of a performance jump over some of the other mouse surface's we've looked at such at the RatPadz XT and SteelSeries SP. There's definitely an improvement over cloth mats such as the QcK+, but I'm looking at three of the best mouse surfaces out there.
Gaming-wise, however, my movements seemed ever-so-slightly more accurate than my former mouse surfaces. Shock combos and sniping opponents with the lightning gun seemed much easier than normal. Thank you, Razer, for making a mouse surface that betters my aim.
Similar to the SteelSeries SP, the Destructor's surface is very low in terms of friction. The mouse easily glides across. Again, it's not quite ice, but as close as we may ever see in a mouse surface.
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
There aren't many names that come to mind when someone asks about the best mouse surface. RatPadz, SteelSeries, and Razer are the three major brands I've looked at there, and a final answer definitely depends on the individual's needs.
While the Destructor isn't as durable as the RatPadz XT, it provides a larger surface. Unlike the SteelSeries SP, the Razer Destructor ships with a protective case by default and feels slightly more precise in usage.
Priced at $39.99, the same as certain competitors, I feel the Razer Destructor may well come out on top for both the additional traction and protective case.
- Large surface area
- Protective Case
- Gunmetal coating on surface
- Fantastic traction
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