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ROCCAT Raivo Gaming Mousepad

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Posted October 24, 2013 by Joe Kershner in Peripherals

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Price at time of Review: 29.99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Large surface, non slip back, precision movement
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Granulated surface might offer too much resistance for some gamers, unclear warranty
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you're looking for a premium gaming mouse pad with a non-slip base and large surface, the Raivo should be one to consider, especially if you like sharp precise sniping movements in FPS games.
by Joe Kershner
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Testing

I tested this mouse pad under day to day activities as well as gaming. In my opinion, first person shooter games would be the most effective for this test as precise accuracy and quick movement is required at all times. I’ve been using an aluminum mouse pad for a few weeks now, and while it gets cold at times, I don’t have the noise issue that most complain about. The Raivo will be a good contrast to what I am used to with the aluminum mouse pad.

It turns out that my experience with the Raivo was very good for the most part. The non-slip base was phenomenal, and I didn’t have to adjust the mouse pad at all or lift the mouse because of the large surface area.

Throughout the testing, the Raivo performed extremely well for regular day to day browsing. In games testing, I did find when quick and precise movement was necessary, I had an issue with the granular surface. I noticed some slight resistance while moving the mouse quickly. Despite my initial reaction, it turns out that it helps with accuracy.¬†While this wasn’t a huge issue, it was noticeable. It was interesting that the friction improved my precision, and helped keep me from moving too quick while sniping at long distances. Still, I am a bit torn and feel that this surface could either take some getting used to, or might depend on your play-style.

Additionally, the Raivo’s dirt-resistance surface was exceptional. When I tested it, water beaded up and was easy to clean off without soaking in.

Next up is my final thoughts and conclusion.

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