Razer Destructor Review
Reviewed by: Makaveli
Reviewed on: January 17, 2008
Price: $39.99 USD
So you just bought a new, top-end gaming mouse, the ultimate keyboard, and your rig is stellar. But you’re forgetting one crucial peripheral that changes the way you play – the mouse pad. You’ll need a gaming surface that will give you ultimate control, tracking, and speed. Now where can you find a mouse pad that is of this caliber? There is no better place to turn for gaming peripherals than Razer. Razer only focuses on building peripherals to the specific needs of gamers. In fact, it's just released a new mouse pad – the Destructor. The Razer Destructor gaming mouse pad boasts +37% better tracking for laser mice over other gaming mouse pads.
During CES, OverclockersClub conducted an interview with Razer CEO Robert Krakoff (Link) and found out that this Razer Destructor mouse pad was in the making for over two years before it was released! He also mentioned that finding the perfect surface wasn’t easy; Razer went through many trials and errors to arrive to the Destructor’s surface. Razer has dubbed this new surface as “Razer Fractal Technology.” Join me as I thoroughly investigate the new Razer Destructor gaming mouse pad.
The Razer Destructor comes packaged in a medium sized case that is fairly slim. The packaging proudly displays how the mouse pad provides +37% better tracking for laser mice and +25% better tracking for optical mice, over other gaming mouse pads. On the back side of the package you’ll find various gamers testifying how the Razer Destructor helps their game.
After removing the outer cover, you’ll find an awesome travel case for the Razer Destructor. It’s very sturdy and when you zip the case open, you’ll see just how secure the mouse pad is inside. I’ve never seen a mouse pad come with a travel case but I think it’s a great idea. Sometimes gamers need to travel to LAN parties or tournaments and it’s best to have the surface that you have practiced on and play best on with you at all times.
The Razer Destructor sports a nice gray color with a black Razer logo as well as the mouse pad’s name in black. When you slowly run your fingers on the mouse pad you’ll notice that your fingers seem to fill in the grooves and it almost feels like a very fine sand paper. The back side of the mouse pad features a rubber grip – ensuring the mouse pad won’t slip while you’re using it. I also like how this mouse pad isn’t nearly as big as my previous Razer Mantis Control mouse pad because it frees up more room on my desk. The Razer Destructor is also very thin; it’s slightly thicker than a penny.
Now that we’ve examined the Razer Destructor gaming mouse pad, let’s get ready for some hardcore gaming to test it out!
To get your mouse pad ready for use, set it down where you’d like it and place your mouse upon it. The rubber under side of the mouse pad will keep the Razer Destructor securely in place – even during intense gaming. You’ll notice that this mouse pad is significantly smaller than the Razer Control & Speed mouse pads. While both of those mouse pads did well, they just took up too much space for my liking.
Before we test this mouse pad, let's take a look at some of its features.
- Razer Fractal™ surface for high-precision gameplay
- Optimized for both optical and laser gaming-grade mice
- Ultra-wide size ideal for continuous, rapid swipes: 350mm (length) x 280mm (width) x 2.3mm (height)
- Non-slip rubber base for firm grip on smooth surfaces
- Includes a premium lightweight protective case
-All features sourced from Razer's website: http://press.razerzone.com/content/view/280/101/
To test the Razer Destructor, I’ll be using the best laser mice that I have ever used. The laser mouse will be Razer’s newest gaming mouse – the Lachesis. For comparison results, I’ll be using the Logitech G9 as well. The Razer Destructor will be competing against my Razer Mantis Control mouse pad that I’ve been using for over a year. Since both mouse pads are designed for gaming, I’ll be testing them in multiple games. These games include Call of Duty 4, Crysis, and Counter-Strike: Source. The categories will be Precision, Speed, and Control. Each test is on a scale of one to ten; 10 being perfect and one being terrible.
- CPU: Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad
- Motherboard: Abit IN9 32X Max WiFi
- Memory: 2 x 2GB Mushkin XP2-6400 4-4-4-12
- Video Card: Sapphire HD 3870
- Power Supply: Ultra X3 800 Watt Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive(s): 2 x 500GB Seagate SATA, 1 x WD 160GB SATA
- Opticals: Sony DVD-R Burner, Sony DVD-ROM
- O/S: Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit
- Laser Mouse: Razer Lachesis
- Laser Mouse: Logitech G9
- Comparison Mouse Pad: Razer Mantis Control
Woah! What a difference! With both mice, I could easy tell that my precision was better than ever. The tiny grooves in the Destructor make it easy to stop on the dot to take a shot. Between the Logitech G9 and the Razer Lachesis, I'd definitely would say that the Lachesis felt better in all the games. The Razer Mantis Control mouse pad did well though. Having threads on the mouse pad definitely helped me slow down to take more accurate shots. I personally felt like my shot was better with the Destructor over the Mantis Control.
The Razer Destructor was easily the winner here. It was so much easier to move my mouse quickly on the pad versus the Mantis Control mouse pad. I've never been really speedy with the Control pad and that's solely due to the texture of it. The Logitech G9 moved faster on the Control mat than the Razer Lachesis because it has more Teflon on the bottom of it.
Honestly, it was really tough to decide which mouse pad did better because after all, the Razer Mantis Control mouse pad was made to give the user the ultimate control over their mouse. After a few hours of gaming on each, I think I had overall better control on the Control pad than the Destructor.
Overall, I've been very impressed with this mouse pad and it definitely performed better than the Razer Mantis Control pad.
The Razer Destructor is a pleasure to use. I truly feel that it gives me better precision and speed while I game. It was easy to slide across the mouse pad but you could also easily stop on a dime. The tiny grooves in the Destructor caught the mouse and allowed me to stop better than I ever have. I've tried many gaming surfaces such as glass, thread-like material, and finally the Destructor and there is no better material than the Razer Fractal Technology. If you're looking to step up your game, you need a Destructor - no question about it. You will see the performance increase in your games. I was also very glad to see a lightweight protective carrying case included. This allows for the gamer to take the mouse pad that he or she has practiced on to tournaments or LAN parties and not worry about having to adjust to another mouse pad. Finally, I was glad to see that this mouse pad was significantly smaller than the Razer Mantis Control mat which is a good thing because it takes up less desk room while allowing me to pwn harder than ever.
- Protective Carrying Case Included