Razer eXactMat Aluminum Mouse Surface ReviewFormer staff writer - June 30, 2004
When I first saw the eXactMat, I could not believe how enormous it was! This mouse surface should provide enough space for ANY hardcore gamer to play on. The size alone measures over a foot wide and nearly a foot in height (top to bottom). Above in the specifications you will notice that the base material is made from aluminum. On top of the aluminum is a special coating that Razer has baked on to both sides of the mouse surface. They purposely left some of the brushed aluminum showing around the edges of the eXactMat to give it a very hi-tech look.
Located on each of the four corners of the surface, there are rubber feet to keep the eXactMat from sliding around while fragging. The rubber feet did move around if you pushed them very hard and I could see them eventually coming off if you transport your mouse surface A LOT. It would be nice if they could include one or two more feet with the mouse surface in case this ever happens.
I really loved the Razer eXactMat logo that is baked in to the surface. It has the Razer green color and it gives off this illuminance which makes it look as if it was glowing in the dark! This just adds a lot to the mouse surface in general and is sure to draw some eyes at a LAN Party.
Did we mention the eXactMat is double sided? If you flip the mouse surface over, you'll find another side with a different type surface. The mouse surface is anodized to provide two very distinct performance surfaces. Side one which is very slick and smooth that they call "Speed", created to support fast-action action/adventure and FPS games. Side two, called "Control" is a great tactical mouse to support RPG, RTS and professional ID, 2D and 3D users. Anodizing protects the aluminum base by making the surface much harder than natural aluminum.
Aluminum oxide is grown out of the surface during anodizing and then becomes aluminum hydrate, that is extremely hard. The porous nature of the anodized layer allows the product to be dyed (in eXactMat black). The method used is Type II anodizing (room temperature) and gives an anodized layer of 0.1" (half which is grown into the surface and half out of the surface). The actual mousing surface area anodized becomes slightly larger or raised by about 2.5 mm. Not only will the owner benefit from the two-sided surface, but the wear of the mat itself should exceed the average 200 to 300 hours of other hard surface mats by four to five times.