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ROCCAT Raivo Stealth Black Mousepad: Introduction
Today I will be looking at ROCCAT's Raivo Stealth Black mousepad, priced at $29.99. ROCCAT is a relatively small company that has been putting itself on the map for gaming peripherals. Founded in 2007 and located in Hamburg, Germany, ROCCAT has been busy creating a vast lineup including mice, keyboards, and mousepads. It is all to often when playing PC games the difference between winning and losing is twitch reflexes, which is reinforced by using a good mousepad.
ROCCAT Raivo Stealth Black Mousepad: Closer Look
Here we see the Raivo packaging, which is very similar to the Hiro I previously covered. This time it is no different; ROCCAT took great care in the presentation of its gaming mousepad lineup. The mousepad itself is held in a plastic clam shell, but without the need to cut through the plastic - once you remove the cardboard cover, it pops open. Quite simple and I wish all companies did this because scissors are annoying to use.
The cardboard cover has a great deal of information about what it has to offer. On the front it gives you the run down and the need to know. Top left reads "ROCCAT Raivo, High Velocity gaming mousepad." Down the side it gives you the major features, most notably "Micro-Granular Surface". On the bottom front, ROCCAT has two squares in which you can feel the texture, which allows a customer to check the mousepad out before opening it up. ROCCAT went one step further and on the back made sure if you spoke any major language in the world, all the features are listed and readable. I typed a Russian sentence into Google Translate and it came out mostly the same in English, same goes for the rest. The top corner lists major mice that have been tested, including Razer and SteelSeries.
Once the Raivo is out of the plastic clam shell you can see what it really looks like. Looking back at the previous picture you can see the ROCCAT big cat logo's seamless transition from cardboard to the actual mousepad. On the front bottom left corner is the name just in case you missed it before. Looking closely, all the colors themselves seem to be screen printed on. This means overtime it's possible the image will fade away and you will be left with a grey mousepad. On the back is ROCCAT's non-slip solution for the Raivo. It's nearly impossible to see in the picture below but there are thousands of little circles raised slightly. This in turn acts as little grips to keep the mousepad from sliding around. This worked well enough for the desk surface I was using.
Similar to the Hiro review, I was able to capture a high magnification photo of what is really on the surface and If you missed it previously, let me recap. The picture below will make a little more sense once I explain it a bit. The surface of a mousepad has a bit of science behind it. In theory, a mouse can use any textured surface because its laser is a very simple device. It calculates or "reads" the distance from the surface to the laser and reports the numbers back. The higher the DPI (dots per inch) a mouse supports, the more reads it can potentially give. This has a few different outcomes because the software also plays a large role in this.
A cheap mouse with a high DPI could run into problems because it reads out every little fraction of a millimeter. When programmed correctly, the mouse software is armed with algorithms to ignore odd values that could be false reports or simply a change in texture. This is when a nice mousepad comes into play. A good example is using very fine threads and having them weaved consistently. This can change how a cheap mouse performs and gives those gaming mice an extra bit of control. If the weave is inconsistent or the thread count is low, you will have major problems with cheap mice and less accuracy with a good brand.
Last up is a look at the size. ROCCAT likes to make large mousepads, On the right you can see the Raivo sitting next to a Logitech G510, which is one of the largest keyboards you will find on the market. For most if space is an issue, you can push the mousepad under the keyboard. The mousepad itself is sold under three different versions. The only difference is the color for the screen printed image.