Razer Destructor Mouse Pad

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Posted by on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 3:21pm

overviewRazer is one of the biggest players in keyboards and mice so they were the first on my list of manufacturers to contact when I started looking for the ultimate mousepad. After contacting Razer, the rep told me the Destructor was the one. Targeted toward everyday PC users to extreme gamers and everyone in-between the Destructor is aiming to fit the bill for anyone tired of the insensitivity of most mouse surfaces and looking for an advantage at work or at play.

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Introduction

So lets get this straight…you have built your ultimate gaming rig with all the bells and whistles. You got the best of everything. Quad processor, bunch of ram and SLI setup. You even have the mouse and keyboard of your dreams. But what about that slightly damp, seriously funky (in a bad way) rubber mouse pad? When it comes down to it his is one thing that many of us fail to remember  when assembling that dream rig. All that investment, undone by a crappy mouse surface.

Razer is one of the biggest players in keyboards and mice so they were the first on my list of manufacturers to contact when I started looking for the ultimate pousepad. After contacting Razer, the rep told me the Destructor was the one. Targeted toward everyday PC users to extreme gamers and everyone in-between the Destructor is aimingto fit the bill for anyone tired of the insensitivity of most mouse surfaces and looking for an advantage at work or at play.

About Razer

Razer collaborates with gamers to develop, manufacture and market cutting-edge gaming peripherals utilizing proprietary technologies that give gamers the competitive edge. We reinvented the computer gaming industry by bringing this competitive edge to gamers when professional computer gaming was in its infancy. In the mid 90s, with the advent of networked gaming and competitive first-person-shooter (FPS) games, gamers found that their legacy peripherals were inhibiting rather than enhancing their gameplay.

In 1999, the Razer Boomslang™, the stuff of gaming legends, was launched after much research. Featuring an unprecedented precision of up to 2000 dpi when other mice maxed out at 400 dpi, the Razer Boomslang, powered by proprietary opto-mechanical technology, offered up to five times the accuracy of other gaming mice. It came as no surprise when professional gamers worldwide such as Jonathon “Fatal1ty” Wendell and Sujoy Roy readily adopted the Razer Boomslang as their gaming mouse of choice. In just two years, more than 100,000 Razer Boomslangs were sold by Christmas.

Razer on the Destructor

The Razer Destructor™ was co-designed, tested and validated by some of the most internationally respected and revered eSports teams, including Fnatic, Team World Elite and Team EG. Through their constant input, our engineers were able to push the boundaries of invention beyond all expectations, culminating in a product whose level of refinement is only possible at the highest echelons of competitive tuning.


 

Packaging

The Destructor comes packed in a very thin plastic wrap. Proudly displayed on the front is the pad and one of Razer’s mice. The back of the packaging shows testimony given by famous and not-so-famous gamers. Another little plus is that when you have finished perusing the packaging and actually tear into the plastic what is revealed is a nice carrying case to carry the pad in.

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Closer look

The Destructor was actually much thinner than I thought it would be. The pad was about as thin as two coins stacked on top of each other. A rubber bottom and a plastic top is what makes up the ultra thin Destructor. The top of the mat is what is most important when it comes to the pad which benefits from Razer’s Fractual surface. The whole idea of the Fractual surface is to be more reflective which allows better response times from optical and laser mice. If you take Razer’s word for it the Destructor is 37% faster when it comes to acceleration.

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We did mention earlier that the Destructor is really thin but how does 2.3mm in height sound? The over all size of the Destructor is impressive, measuring 350mm by 280mm.

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When it comes to shape there isnt too much to talk about here. Razer uses  an arch where you  place your wrist possible for better support. Razer made sure the pad had maximum surface area for big time fragging. Note the Razer and Destructor logos in the pad.

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The Destructor doesn’t use pads or feets to hold the pad in place. That is the job of the rubber bottom.

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Testing

The best way to test a mousepad is to couple it with your favorite mouse and see how it reacts. In this case we placed my Logitech G9 atop the Destructor.

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I loaded up a few of the games that I am currently playing to see how well the mouse and the Destructor would react. In games where you have to be quick and precise we had to lower the DPI on the G9 just a bit to 1200 as settings higher than this was just too fast for me.

To take testing one step further we plugged in the G5 I use on my laptop to test the Destructor as well. Things were pretty much the same. Smooth sailing across the entire surface of the pad. Not being much older than the G9 I suspected the results would be as they were.

When it came to browsing the web and doing everyday things the Destructor was more than effective. Maybe too effective. This is a gamers’ pad for real.


 

Conclusion

When comparing the Destructor to my old mousepad there is no competition. The Destructor is as smooth and accurate as you can get. Now I see why so many gamers endorse the unit. Even with my Logitech mice, the Destructor performed as well as advertised.

The size and the non-slip back is always a great comfort. My style of mouse use consists of my unconsciously picking up the mouse and dropping it down again on the pad. At no time did the pad shift. Because of the size of the pad  whenever I picked up the mouse it always landed on the pad. Good thing for me and my desk. Damage to the desk means damage to my backside from my wife.

One thing many of us would find a little disappointing about the Destructor would be the $40 you would have to hand over in order to get one. All of the more respectable online shops sold it at this price.

The Destructor is worthy of the best awards and in this case the Editor’s Choice.

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