When I was handed the Razer Destructor Pro Gaming Mat (aka a Mouse Pad), and was told to do a review on it, I have to be honest and say I didn’t really know where to go with it. I mean, it’s a mouse pad; you put your mouse on it, and you go. Not being a career PC gamer, I found it hard to understand the depths that a high quality mouse pad such as this could mean to the PC gaming experience. I mean, really, aren't all black textured mouse pads all the same?
Upon opening the package up, I knew I was in a bit over my head, as this mouse pad came with a padded and rather stylish zip-able carrying case. This case provides protection for your gaming surface when in transit so it doesn't get crumpled as you hastily stuff it into your bag for the next LAN Party. It all seems a bit excessive, but I'm sure that crinkles in the pad don't improve its performance. After giving the case my adoration for long enough I figured it was time to put the pad through its paces.
As far as I was concerned, a mouse pad was just a piece of material you put your mouse on to keep it from getting dirty and it beats using your jeans. Knowing that RAZER made very high quality mice (I write this as I stare lovingly at my own RAZER Copperhead Mouse) it came to no surprise that they also made high quality mouse pads to go along with their rockin’ mice. The Destructor has a hard ‘shiny’ finish that’s sure to impress all hardcore gaming fanatics. The box also guarantees a 37% better tracking rate over other gaming-grade surfaces. Skeptical, I continue the evaluation.
It’s oh so shiny...
The first thing you’ll notice about the Destructor are the flecks of shiny particles spread out on the board. This is in fact RAZER’s "Fractal Technology" at work, promising to enhance the mouse’s precision movement and tracking. Not really understanding what that meant, I decided to dig up a mouse pad I bought when I was about eight. You know the ones; the rubbery foam pads you could buy for a dollar or get for free at a trade show. I popped my mouse on that and tried to play a round of F.E.A.R., and was surprised to see that my mouse moved slower over the soft squishy surface. Switching over to the Destructor, my mouse immediately moved much more smoothly and accurately. Perhaps this is just my imagination, but I was able to get a lot more headshots then I was able to on my foam pad.
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