Razer announces new upcoming line of gaming surfaces: Invicta, Manticor, Destroctor 2, and Megasoma 2


A brand that any hardcore or professional PC gamer knows all too well, Razer’s, products have always been known for two major points; design, and quality. While seemingly straying away from peripherals and into the mobile gaming market, Razer still manages to impress once in a while with something shiny, black, and sporing more LEDs than the world of Tron. In this case, only the first two would apply. When most gamers purchase a mouse-pad, it is usually due to either it’s graphic nature [Rated M] or due to it depicting a favorite character from a show or game. Razer’s approach seems to cater much more to the professional and classy gamers, with smooth black finishes, sporting only the Razer logo.

RazerTM, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today launched its new 2013/2014 lineup of mouse mats: the Razer Invicta, Razer Manticor, Razer Destructor 2 and Razer Megasoma 2. These mats were engineered with new construction methods to provide an unprecedented level of finish, and were treated with all-new performance-boosting sensor-reactive surface coatings, selected after extensive research into the most precise and responsive treatments and materials.

 

“Most gaming mouse mat companies today fill their boxes with marketing jargon and slap an image of a pro-gamer on the side of the package; however, designing a true gaming surface requires in-depth knowledge of mousing sensor technologies, extensive testing and validation by professional gamers,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer. “For the first time ever, we are letting gamers in on the design process of a Razer gaming mouse mat, and sharing the inside track on how our industry leading user interface technology and experience allows us to design the very best gaming surfaces in the world.”

 

All Razer surfaces are optimized for optical, laser and dual-sensor mouse tracking performance, and they are put through rigorous qualitative processes, including mouse sensor lift-off, acceleration and precision tests.  Robot arms move mice across the mats, monitoring the devices to ensure surface textures meet Razer’s strict requirements for precise glide and control.

 

 

Razer also offers an unfair gaming advantage by allowing users to optimally calibrate their Razer gaming mouse to mouse mat.  Through Razer Synapse 2.0, a pioneering cloud-based software, the user’s gaming mouse will record the mat’s specific texture and details in order to enhance mouse responsiveness and in-game accuracy.

 

In conjunction with the launch of these four new mouse mats, Razer is also presenting a making-of video that delves into the design, technology and craftsmanship of the incredible Razer Invicta.  Interested parties may watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdaMfLoatGs or learn more about the science behind Razer surfaces at www.razerzone.com/scienceofsurfaces.

 

Razer Invicta – Versatility of Choice

Versatility of play style is important, especially in today’s ever-evolving, competitive gaming landscape. As such, the Razer Invicta builds on the innovation of its predecessor, the Razer Vespula, to offer users a choice between pinpoint control and neck-breaking speed all on one mat. Go from executing precise headshots to twitch gameplay and back by quickly flipping the mat from one side to the other.

Price: USD$59.99/ EU €59.99

Availability: Exclusively on Razerzone.com – pre-order now

Product features:

  • SPEED surface for fast mouse movements
  • CONTROL surface for precise mouse movements
  • Optimized surface coating for highly-responsive mouse tracking
  • Robust aluminum baseplate
  • Product dimensions: 255 mm/10.04 in. (w) x 355 mm /13.98 in. (l) x 4.5mm/0.18 in. (h)

 

Razer Manticor – The Smoothest Glide Yet

Elevated to a new level of exceptional design and engineering, the Razer Manticor delivers an effortless glide under your gaming mouse. Uniquely stamped and sandblasted out of a single sheet of aircraft-grade aluminum, and specially treated with a sensor-reactive coating for absolute precision, hand and mouse will feel as if they are floating to victory.

Price: USD$49.99/ EU €49.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com – pre-order now

Worldwide – Q4 2012

Product features:

  • Ultra-smooth, sandblasted surface
  • Robust aluminum unibody
  • Thinner, wider profile
  • Non-slip rubber base
  • Product dimensions: 255 mm/10.04 in. (w) x 355 mm/13.98 in. (l) x 2.2 mm/0.09 in. (h)

 

Razer Destructor 2 – Maximum Precision and Feel

The original Razer Destructor established the standard for exceptional pro-gaming performance with its ultra-precise mouse tracking surface. Today, the Razer Destructor 2 was born to focus on sharpening that precision to a point. It comes with an all-new surface coating that responds instantaneously to the sensor as mouse glides over mat, ensuring a feeling of absolute control over your every movement in-game.

Price: USD$39.99/ EU €39.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com – pre-order now

Worldwide – Q4 2012

Product features:

  • Optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking
  • Micro-textured finish for balanced gameplay
  • Non-slip rubber base
  • Product dimensions: 255 mm/10.04 in. (w) x 355 mm/13.98 in. (l) x 2.2 mm/0.09 in. (h)

 

Razer Megasoma 2 – Soft Touch, Hard Control

The Razer Megasoma became a worldwide phenomenon as a revolutionary hybrid soft/hard mat that delivers the comfort and flexibility of the former, with the precision of the latter.  The Razer Megasoma 2 returns with a complete overhaul of design and construction, improving surface stability for marked improvements in mouse control.

Price: USD$39.99/ EU €39.99

Availability: Exclusively on Razerzone.com – Q4 2012

Product features:

  • Hybrid silicon soft/hard mat
  • Specialized texture design for comfort and precision
  • Durable anti-static, anti-fraying surface
  • Non-slip rubber base
  • Product dimensions: 230 mm/9.06 in. (w) x 350 mm/13.79 in. (l) x 2.3 mm/0.09 in. (h)

 

Never having the opportunity to test these out personally, I have heard nothing but positive output about their predecessors. Although $40 – $60 may seem steep for something that may be currently replaced by an old book or sheet of construction paper, they must have a reason for existing.
While still drooling, also check out this video detailing the arduous process of creating a professional gaming mouse-pad.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdaMfLoatGs[/youtube]

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