Razer Megasoma

Peripherals

Testing

Test Rig

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo Q9450 @ 3.2GHZ
Motherboard
Asus P5QL Pro
RAM
Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 1200MHZ
Graphics Card
Sapphire 5770 1GB
HDD
Mach Xtreme 100GB SSD
OS
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Methodology


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Mouse mats and other peripherals fall into an interesting category for testing, as your opinion on them tends to be very personal, as the mat, mouse or keyboard has to be right for you, beyond having the specifications to do what you want with it. Therefore these reviews can be highly subjective so as always, please make sure to test a peripheral for yourself before you buy it.

However with that said, our testing methods involve using the mat over prolonged gaming and general usage periods to test its gaming ability and comfort.

Results

Functionality

Considering the textured surface of the Megasoma, I was surprised by how smooth it was providing an impressively bump free transition across the mat during all tested games. Fast movements were as accurate as smooth slow ones, and I didn’t encounter any mouse pointer jumps due to sensor reflection inconsistencies.

To describe the Megasoma, you’d probably say that it performs like a solid mat, but has the advantage of the fact that you can roll it up for easy transportation.

Comfort

While my initial reaction for the Megasoma’s comfort levels wasn’t a good one, it actually turned out to be surprisingly nice to game on. When you run your fingers over the surface, it feels almost grubby or dusty. However, once you start using the pad, it’s surprisingly comfortable. It’s supportive without being solid and spongy without losing functionality.

It does have some perspiration build up, but not enough to be irritating.

Cost

Although prices do vary around different e-tailers, the average pricing for the Megasoma is £35 which puts it right up there with the most expensive mats available.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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