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 Razer Destructor review

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Destruction Commencing

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The trouble with being a l33t gamer today is that there are just too many gadgets to choose from, and Razer certainly hasn't been making the choices any easier. Take their latest product, the Razer Destructor mouse pad, which promises up to 37 percent better performance for your gaming mouse. The performance claim comes with a caveat though, as it is optimized for 'gaming-grade laser mice'. Optical mice (make sure they're gaming-grade as well) stand to gain only 25 percent better performance, according to Razer's own claims.

Cosmetics

Design-wise, the Destructor is another over-sized mouse pad, able to provide gamers with a large comfortable working area that should be sufficient regardless of whether you're the fidgety high-sensitivity type or hang with the wide-swiping low-sensitivity crowd. In addition to being wide, the Destructor is a really thin mouse pad at only 2.3mm, which you’ll probably find surprising given the bulk of its packaging.

As always, Razer products come packaged in really unique ways and the Destructor is no different. The pseudo laptop case it comes in is emblazoned with the Razer logo on both sides, and foam padding on the inside molded to the shape of the Destructor. Interestingly, the casing is of such good quality that we were tinkering with the idea of removing the foam and using it as a proper laptop case instead.

Smooth as Silk

Razer spent two years in developing the Destructor and the highlight is its Fractal textured surface technology and proprietary gunmetal coating. Peering closely at the Destructor's Fractal surface reminded us of a black wet whetstone, with a similar look, except that it felt much smoother than expected. On the underside, you’ll find something completely opposite, as the rubber base makes the Destructor stick firmly to the tabletop. On our initial tests of the Destructor, we used a normal optical mouse to find out just what kind of performance we can expect for everyday usage. Mouse movements actually felt smoother and we also seemed to have a better grip when compared to mousing on a naked table top.

When comparing a Razer Diamondback 3G to the aforementioned normal optical mouse on the Destructor, we noticed definite performance improvements in applications ranging from gaming to photo editing. Cursor tracking was much more precise whether aiming for enemies or brushing photos. To be fair, we also used a Ratzpad gaming pad for comparison, though we found that it was really hard to tell the difference between the two mouse pads back to back.

Death Comes for You

In a perfect world with perfect godly skills, you'll probably have no need for such an accessory since you would not have any problems fragging your opponents. We mortals however, have to make do with gaming products such as the Razer Destructor to improve our fragging average. Once you get your hands on the Razer Destructor, you will appreciate the gains it can make in tracking performance and control needed for high-intensity gaming. At US$39.99 (~S$56), the Destructor comes as a steep investment, but for the gamer who has everything, why not just one more?