Roccat Alumic Gaming Mousepad Review
Mousepads, or mouse mats, have far more variations that you'd initially think possible. Most of us started off with the back of a book or similar, before moving on to, and possibly stopping at, something with from PC World with a picture we liked. If you're one of those people you probably wonder what all the hoo-ha is about serious a gaming pad.
However we are sure you're all discerning readers out there in OC3D-land and so you might have got yourself a gaming level mousepad. These are tricky beasts. With the main choice between either cloth or hard surfaced ones, even with the best of intentions you end up buying one that's either a little bigger than you liked to get the quality, or smaller because of space concerns but compromising quality.
Maybe size isn't an issue but you've had to plump for one that's perhaps a touch faster than you like for every day use, or you're compromising your gaming by having an all-rounder.
It's a very sticky issue and, as you can see, much more fraught with danger than the initial "something to put my mouse on" problem might indicate.
Even here at OC3D we're split with Tom preferring a soft cloth pad, yet I prefer a hard surface. So with Roccats new Alumic mousepad on the way and the name leaving no doubt as to the lack of softness, here we are. Let's see what we have.
The Alumic comes in a rigid plastic cover with a cardboard sleeve providing the details. Even here there is, besides the normal Roccat details, a nice touch with two test patches either side of the sleeve enabling you to get a literal feel for how the Alumic is beneath your fingertips.
It also can't have escaped your notice that it comes with two very different graphics and a wrist rest, in this case a gel number. Very nice.
But the best bit about packaging is opening it up to get to the contents, so turn the page for a better look.