Before I start this review, I'd like to thank GamersStuff
for making this review possible. I encourage all of our viewers to check out their amazing line of performance and budget mousepads.
*Note: The pictures showing the pad's illumination only show 5/6 L.E.Ds. This is a defective version; all pads should have 6 properly working L.E.Ds
When you think of mouse pads, you think of a piece of plastic sitting next to your keyboard: GamerzStuff took this image a step further, with a modders touch in mind. The Ray looks like a normal Giganta pad, but get this… it glows. Yes, a mouse pad that lights up in the dark for not only a good source of light, but a cool effect to show off to your friends.
|Amount of L.E.Ds||6|
|USB Cord Length||5'|
The current pad I use is the RatPadz GS. The RatPadz GS, already a performance mouse pad, has a "tweaked" surface to deliver an amazing slickness and shall pose a as a tough challenger to the GamerzStuff Ray.
The Ray was designed for optical mice in mind. It has a slick surface which rivals that of the RatPadz GS', and has a full, black anti-slip pad underneath it to prevent slipping during even the most intense gaming, and the fact that it illuminates is just plain cool. This pad has the advantage over the RatPadz GS for optical mice because of the extra texture embedded inside of the plastic.
|Front of the Pad|| ||Anti-Skid Padding|
How does the pad glow? Simple: it uses your computer for power through a 5' USB cable. Inspecting the pad more closely, you can clearly see that the hole where the cable comes out of is poorly drilled. You can even see it when you are using it, and it's one of those things that will bug you for a while. This however is a major downside for those a) without USB ports or b) with no spare USB ports. The illumination comes out of the center logo through 6 L.E.Ds placed evenly around it. The L.E.D color is blue, which made me worry about that fact that what if the blue L.E.D's interfere with the optical mouse, however upon trying it, it doesn't. What really irked me was the fact that there is a lump underneath the pad. This lump most likely comes from the installed illumination feature but the fact that you can see it and feel it shows poor craftsmanship.
|USB Cable|| ||Poorly Drilled Hole|
|Lump in the Middle of the Pad|| ||Only 5/6. Meh.|
The Ray is basically a modified Giganta. The only differences between the Ray and a normal Giganta pad other then the illumination is the bottom-while the Giganta has rubber feet, the Ray has a solid anti-skid surface. Looking at the Ray's under-side you can see where those rubber feet would have been placed with pre-etched circles.
|The Pre-Etched Holes|| ||MX700 on the Ray|
Now to me, this doesn't seem like a good deal. For a pad where the main feature is illumination, can you justify paying more than twice what its non-glowing predecessor costs?
I would recommend this pad only to those who love glowing things. However to normal computer users, the pad is nothing other then an overpriced modified Giganta. If your wallet can afford the $25 markup for 6 L.E.Ds, go for it. A couple things really made me dislike this pad, including the lump underneath where the anti-skid surface is, the hole where the USB cable comes out was poorly drilled, and the fact you can see the marks where rubber feet would go if it was a Giganta pad.
- Slick Surface
- Embedded texture
- Anti-skid pad
- Multiple manufacturing imperfections
- "Modified" Giganta w/ $25 markup
- Bad for those with limited USB ports
If you have free money to spend, and want a cool looking mouse pad, then I suggest you buy this now. However if you can't spend that kind of money, I suggest the Giganta or the fuZe which is nearly the same thing for half the price.
|You're paying $25 for this Effect|