The surface you use your mouse on may rarely be something you think about, but in competitive gaming, where split seconds and reflexes spell the difference between victory and defeat, it’s the little things that matter. For gamers who take every aspect of their gaming seriously, gaming mouse pads, like the Roccat Hiro 3D Supremacy Surface, offer a blend of reliability and comfort that provide a competitive edge.
Design and Features
Though it’s rubber through and through, the Hiro features two layer construction, melding a vulcanized silicone surface to a grippy rubber base. The two layers are bonded so that they won’t separate, and the corners rounded to prevent catching on things. Unlike rigid gaming surfaces, like the Razer Vespula or thin cloth covered gaming mouse pads, like the Razer Goliathus League of Legends Collector’s Edition, the Roccat Hiro offers some measure of shock absorption.
Measuring 0.1 by 13.78 by 9.84 inches (HWD), the Hiro is ideal for gaming—larger than smaller office mousepads but not so large as to take over your desk. It’s also heavy, weighing 10.2 ounces; combined with the surface-gripping rubber base, this mousepad won’t move a fraction of an inch once it’s situated.
The surface features a pebbled texture that feels excellent under your arm and wrist, and is coated with a water-resistant finish that can be wiped clean of dust and spills. The pebbled texturing offers just enough traction to prevent unwanted mouse motion, but still lets you glide silently and won’t quickly wear down the slick plastic pads on the underside of the mouse.
Roccat offers no warranty, which is a bit of a disappointment—even the paltry 180-day warranty offered by competitor Razer offers more peace of mind.
I tested the Roccat Hiro with two different gaming mice, the Roccat Savu and the Razer Naga Hex League of Legends Collector’s Edition. With either mouse I found that the textured surface allowed smooth, silent motion, while precision and accuracy were never a problem. Whether I was flying around throwing super-powered punches in DC Universe Online or hurling grenades and sniping enemies in Team Fortress 2, the Hiro provided exactly what I wanted from a gaming surface. It stayed put, allowed both effortless mouse action and precise control, and is large enough that I never felt hemmed in.
The heavy-duty Roccat Hiro 3D Supremacy Surface carries a hefty price tag, but it may be exactly what you’re after if you want more comfort, better control, and fewer distractions while gaming. As with any gaming accessory, personal preferences may vary, so I’d strongly recommend trying it before making a decision. Aside from the lack of warranty, there’s little to complain about on the Roccat Hiro 3D Supremacy Surface, making it easy to recommend to any gamer looking for an edge.
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