RAZER Destructor Precision Gaming Mat

Testing

Testing
 
For the testing part of the review today I will be using my current rig - AquAus
 
Components included in the test rig are:
 
* Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
* Asus Rampage Extreme
* PowerColor Radeon HD4870
* 2GB Kingston HyperX PC3-14400
* 2 x 250GB SATA II Seagate NCQ 16Mb cache 7200.10 - RAID 0
* 1 x 200 SATA Seagate Barracuda (Storage)
* Logitech G7 and G9 mice
* XTracPads FAT Mat/ RAZER Mantis (Control) mouse mats

All testing will be conducted from within Windows Vista.

Testing Method

In order to try and give our readers an holistic idea of how the RAZER Destructor mouse mat performs, I will be testing the RAZER Destructor according to the three criterion that RAZER state it excels at: speed, precision and control.
 
Because I don't happen to have a copy of Mouse Mat Mark 08, I am going to report my findings as objectively as possible due to the lack of definitive data. And for the record my gaming style is predominantly that of a 'twitch gamer' as I usually play first person shooters as a preference.

For the first phase of the test I will throw myself, my Logitech G7 and G9 and the RAZER Destructor into first person shooter-ville. I will be using Valve's Counter Strike:Source; idsoftware's Quake 4; infinity ward's Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and for good measure some MMORPG courtesy of World of Warcraft.

For the second testing phase I will be looking at how well the RAZER Destructor allows for user control when browsing the internet, along with some image manipulation courtesy of Adobe Photoshop CS3.
 
 
Testing
 
Speed
 
All I can say is wow...the RAZER Destructor is one fast cookie. The new Fractal™ textured surface that RAZER has included on the Destructor is the perfect medium for speed. However, it's a controlled speed not a train wreck waiting to happen. You can really feel the difference when comparing the surface of the Destructor to that of the Mantis and Fat Mat. This is the Ferrari of mouse mats.
 
Precision
 
The increased precision is very evident with the RAZER Destructor, and making headshots in Counter Strike: Source and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare became more consistent. My RAZER Mantis (Control) mouse mat is really good for assisting where precision and control are paramount, but both it and the Fat Mat pale in comparison.
 
Control
 
I really noticed the increased control that the RAZER Destructor affords when I was testing it during a bout of Photoshop. Working around the Photoshop workspace was a breeze. Selecting various tools from the toolbar or customising colour swatches and tool presets, which can at times be fiddly, was an absolute doddle. The sometimes arduous process of cutting images out with the 'Eraser' tool was made significantly easier by the RAZER Destructor.
 
The RAZER Destructor is now officially my favourite mouse mat and the Mantis and Fat Mat will be relegated to the hallway cupboard.
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Most Recent Comments

30-08-2008, 06:04:25

PV5150
Developed and tested by some of today's top gamers, will the RAZER Destructor crush the opposition in terms of speed, precision and control?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...004457626s.jpg

Find out in the review

30-08-2008, 11:32:38

JN
That is one nice looking mat. May well grab one to replace this slightly worn out Steelseries 5L i have here.

30-08-2008, 11:39:30

PV5150
Yep agreed there Jim. You won't be disappointed, that's for sure

30-08-2008, 13:12:31

doug2507
Got one myself to replace my titan and its the dogs danglies!

30-08-2008, 18:14:42

GavX
arguably pointless but might upgrade from the Razer eXactmat... though they seem fairly similar. Still this will look kick a** on my desk

30-08-2008, 18:35:32

TopSecret
Nice review mate! I have still got my sentimental old foam & fabric mousemat (with the kids pics printed on), and never really thought about a gaming mat. Do they really make that much of a difference? I reckon I will have to give one a try out.

30-08-2008, 18:37:00

GavX
ooooooh yes! Combine a good mouse with a good mat and its quiet scary the difference. I had an MX1000 and stepped up to a HABU with the Razer eXactmat, and either my fragging skills naturally got much better (I wish...) or the new input devices worked well indeed!

30-08-2008, 18:51:56

Bungral
I've been meaning to buy a new mouse mat for months now so I reckon I will buy this one.. Been waiting for a good review of one.

30-08-2008, 21:27:12

PV5150
Thanks for the feedback guys, and I'm glad that you found the review poignant enough to make an immediate purchase doug2507.

@stuartpb:it certainly helps mate, that's for sure

31-08-2008, 00:46:18

pafk0o
i wonder how it compares to icemat series, i use icemat from 1 year , couldnt find better mouse mat for gaming yet , only bad thing is that mouse sliders must be changed every few months couse they dissapear;]

31-08-2008, 01:22:30

doug2507
Took delivery of mine a few weeks ago. Only problem is, i gave a shot of it to the old man for his mac in the office whilst im building my rig. He didnt wouldnt give it up so had to go order a 2nd.

31-08-2008, 01:26:20

PV5150
haha I'm just visualising that whole episode right now

@pafk0o: I'm not sure mate as I have never owned an icemat. However, the Fractal surface probably would wear away the feet on your mouse over time I'd imagine. Not terribly so though...

01-10-2008, 18:02:51

Bungral
I think it's about time I buy this...

I have a pretty expensive rig with decent mouse and large monitor but I'm using a buyagift.co.uk BT mouse mat.....

This has to end NOW!!

*Goes to buy*

02-10-2008, 06:58:26

jeffel
I need to get one of these soon.

02-10-2008, 07:38:12

k4p84
I've lent mine to my house mate while my rig is in pieces.

He says it has improved the response he gets from his old laser mouse

Match it up with a lachesis and your flying

ED

02-10-2008, 08:05:32

jeffel
i had a lachesis before i sold it very next day i bought.I didnt like it.They are huge.I could fit it in my hands...Tiny hands!
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