Roccat Alumic Gaming Mousepad Review
Testing and Conclusion
Build-quality, never a problem of Roccat, is taken to new extremes with the Alumic. I've often likened a product to being bomb-proof thanks to its sturdy build but this is something new. This is a hardcore solid bit of kit.
The aluminium core definitely places this in the rigid gaming surface category. However with the feet being a hair higher than the mat itself there is a tiny bit of give to make sure it doesn't feel like putting your arm on concrete. Of course if you take advantage of the wrist rest then there is no need to ever have that problem anyway.
Speaking of the gel rest it's a very welcome inclusion. Even after all these years people still don't take RSI seriously and I'm here, knackered wrists and all, to tell you that a wrist rest for the mouse is a vital component in your life. Of course it takes a tiny bit of getting used to if you're someone who puts your wrist on the desktop then arches onto the mouse, but the difference in makes and how much it eases the loading on your wrists cannot be overstated.
As for the Alumic itself, both sides do exactly what you'd expect. The speed side is a tad faster than the control side, but without ever reaching the glass stage, and equally the control side makes those finesse moves much more reliable to perform time after time.
If you've ever found that your foam-backed hard mouse mat wasn't quite as long lasting as you hoped, or that your rigid one is way too rigid, then the Alumic really does cover all your needs. It wont bend with an intentionally destructive force being applied and wont turn into a sponge at the slightest spillage of a caffeine-laced drink.
We tested with a host of mice from Roccat, Razer, Logitech and the like, and all performed admirably, as of course you'd expect.
Even soft-mat lovers would be swayed such is the combination of great looks, greater performance, and unheralded longevity the Roccat Alumic provides. It's made out of a thick sheet aluminium for heavens sake. With sensible use this will still be around to pass down to your grandchildren. Even the size, 331mmx272mm is neither so big it takes up half your desk nor so small you have to lift the mouse up to get from one tab to the next.
The only blot on the horizon is the price-tag which is at the reasonably hefty £30 mark. However for that money you're essentially getting two very different mouse surfaces and you will never, ever, need to buy another.
Stunning. Gold Award. Nuff said.