Razer Destructor Gaming Mouse Pad Review
Total Rating:(3.9 / 5.0)
Recommendation: There is no gaming surface better than the Razer Destructor. It does, however, have some durability issues.
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- Material: Fractal surface (gunmetal)
- Size: 13.78 x 11.02 x .1 in. (350 x 280 x 2.3 mm)
- Works with: All mice
- Glide: Smooth
What we liked:
- Amazing tracking
- Perfect for laser and optical mice
- Very comfortable
- Easy to clean
- Large enough for most users
- Does not slip around
- Comes with a case.. (well, we didn’t dislike it)
What we disliked:
- Surprisingly poor durability for a hard pad
There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Razer Destructor, so we thought we’d better take a look at it. Razer says the following about the Destructor: “”The Razer Destructor™ was made with one primary mission in mind: to coax the maximum performance from gaming-grade mice”…”Gaming-grade optical mice track up to 25% better on the Razer Destructor™, and gaming-grade laser mice up to 37% better, when compared to other gaming-mousing surfaces” Hype? Maybe. We don’t believe you can measure a good pad with a percentage, so we put the pad to the test.
I have to tell you, I was really blown away by the surface of the Destructor. When I reviewed the Destructor I had used nearly every hard-surface pad on the market. Since you usually get what you pay for, I expected the surface to be good, but not like this. It’s a difficult surface to describe, but it feels at once very smooth, but highly textured. It’s like the texture of sandpaper, but made out of butter (it’s not rough or abrasive in the least). It has enough friction to maintain control, but is smooth enough to allow acceleration at extremely high speeds. The Destructor has the perfect balance of speed and control.
Oh, the Destructor also comes with a carrying case to take it to LAN parties and whatnot. If you’re a big LAN party person, I guess that’s great.
The Destructor is pretty comfortable, and none of our reviewers had any complaints. If you are used to soft pads, there will be some adjustment there, but that is to be expected with all hard-surface pads. The rubber base holds the pad in place extremely well, so slippage is not a problem. We were almost ready to declare the Destructor to be a flawless mouse pad, but then we talked to long-time owners of the Destructor.
Long-time owners of the pad had nothing but positive things to say about the surface, tracking, or comfort. They did, however, lament the durability of the Destructor. It seems that the surface of the Destructor beings to rub off, starting in the center. Mouse movement across the worn surface begins to drag, making your movements inconsistent and thus inaccurate. Expect this to happen to your pad after about 400-700 hours of gaming, depending on how hard and fast you move your mouse. That’s about six months of gaming 2-3 hours per day. If you’re a hardcore gamer playing 6 hours a day, you might need a replacement in two to three months. What surprised us was how highly the users of the Destructor rated the pad, even after replacing it.
One gamer said that he “will continue to buy a new Destructor every time one wears. It’s that good.” You know the pros, and you know the cons. Consider yourself educated. Click the link to get the Razer Destructor, or head back to the mouse pad summary for some comparison.