Razer eXactMat X Mousepad

By Published June 19, 2009 at 12:40 am

How many gamers can honestly say they have a mousepad worthy of their presence?  I'd wager my reserved copy of StarCraft 2 that more than 70% of you own either a $3 or a $20 pad (apparently a block of foam/gel costs $17).  Brace yourself, and your wallet, because the Razer eXactMat X does not only dominate the letter X, but also the tens and twenties - it's $30.

Contrary to many user reviews, the gel pad logo no longer rubs off
I hunt for gaming gear that will give me an advantage like EA hunts for new companies: Mice, keyboards, surround/3D sound systems, even chairs - but never did I consider a mousepad.  Before Razer's eXactMat X, my only requirements for a mousepad to meet were: must be flat, must have gel pad.  Pretty low-standards.  The eXactMat is made of abrasion-resistant anodized aluminum, lending itself to very accurate mouse movements and extended life.  I've noticed throughout my use that the mousepad even feels cold like the underside of a pillow, so I guess that's an added bonus for those with sweaty hands.  This mat, unlike almost all others, actually has two sides to it, in theory doubling its life, but in practice adding practical gaming surfaces for different types of gamers.  Headshot-maniacs will find interest in the rough-textured and bumpy "Control" side, effectively slowing your mouse down to a more controllable level, but not enough where it worsens swivel and reaction time.  This surface also seems to have polished the teflon feet on my G5 to the point where it slides a bit smoother.  Run-n-Gunners, read on!  eXactMat also comes with a flawlessly smooth "Speed" side, enabling the mouse to glide effortlessly across the surface.  Both sides work exactly as they are advertised, though the control side is a bit easier for aiming, I still recommend the speed side to runners and RTS über micro-ers.

 

The Speed side, without Gel attachment

The Gel Pad for many gamers is a primary concern, as it reduces chance of repeated stress injury, and the eXactMat's gel pad forms to fit your wrist precisely.  Unlike a few non-name brands that we've tested here at GN, Razer's wristrest does not seem to degrade and turn hard (like your inflamed tendons) overtime. Razer sells replacement gel strips for $6, so if it gets torn up you can always replace it. The pad is attached to a strip of rubber, which is placed underneath the mousing surface, making for easy replacement and movement.  Unfortunately, the major downside on the Razer eXactMat X, other than the randomly capitalized letters in its name, is its size.  Get ready to clear some of the soda cans off of your desk, because this wide load wants the room - it's 13" x 10.5".  Yeah, a whole freakin' foot wide, that is some serious real estate.  Once you find the room though, the mousepad is certainly worth it.

That's just the interior packaging - the shipping package is even worse!

I've actually seen an increase in my ability to play games in two aspects: comfortability, letting me frag longer without wrist pains, also I've seen an increase in my micro/K:D (when I decide to play seriously, and turn down Lonely Island's latest album).  No, I'm not saying you'll be OMGFATAL1TY!1! if you buy this pad, I'm just saying it has helped me play better. A good choice for any gamer that is health-conscious, and any gamer who might be looking for a score booster!

The Good:
Finally! A mousing surface that is worthy of the title "Gaming Grade", for a price that isn't too much of a punch. Smooth, efficient, double-sided, comes with gel pad, bears the Razer emblem for your bragging rights - this mousepad is a high-end replacement for your "piece of blue fabric with rubber underneath". It may sound funny, but the mousepad seems to work with the G5 easily, detecting the lazer more accurately than other so-dubbed "lazer-sensative mousepads". Rubber-footing on the bottom prevents the surface from moving while you whip your mouse around the desk in intense situations.

The Bad: $30, and since you will likely have to buy it remotely, add in another $5 or $10 for shipping. Yeah, I paid $10 for shipping. The box was big enough to fit a bike in it. Mousepad is somewhat large in comparison to other pads, but it is worth making room in your gaming arsenal. Too many X's, it feels like we're playing tic-tac-toe. Would you name a mousepad MOuseSpOt O? Seriously, we get it.

Overall: Razer has once again established themselves as a truly unique gaming company, offering more than just mice and keyboards. If you're desperate to move on from your deteriorating surface, or just desperate for a score booster, give the eXactMat X a try.

Win a Gaming Rig/Server from GN!

By Published June 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Bet you didn't know that Gamers Nexus is giving away a Dual-Dual Core, 12GB of RAM behemoth!  That's right, to get our brand new forums pumping with action, we've decided to give you incentive.  This machine has a GTX 285, ECC Memory, and no owner to lay claim... but that can change very quickly.  Want to know how to win?

Why drop $1500 on a crisp gaming rig when you can get something for 1/3 the price and similar power? This machine will last gamers a minimum of two years, and after that, you can always drop another 6GB of memory on it and a new GPU.

I hate this game sometimes...

By Published June 10, 2009 at 6:30 pm

It was a lovely day, I had been playing with some friends some CoD 4. The map was Creek, and as I didn't really know how to play that map, I followed a friend. After getting sniped, knifed, and T-bagged numerous times, I saw somebody in a house atop a hill.  Being the rager that I am, I said, "ZOMG, KILLLLL!!!1!"

June, 09 - Loch Ness Monster - $7000

By Published June 08, 2009 at 10:39 pm

The rightfully named "Loch Ness" Monthly Monster is dubbed so from its build.  This mammoth comes fully equipped with liquid cooling, 4 GPU's, 12 GB of triple-channel RAM, and 3 freaking 15,000 RPM hard drives! The gamer who claims this machine as his own is truly hardcore (and rich).

Ragequit Answers

By Published May 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Thanks to Lelldorianx for finding this Ragequit moment:

Welcome to Ragequit

By Published May 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Welcome to the doom of "soothing" games. It's time to Ragequit. 

Dearest Gamers,

My favored group of sadistic, blood-thirsty gamers. During my lives I've had many names; however, as per Ragequit Anonymous, I am not allowed to spout them out like the blood coming from your mutilated corpse in UT3... Lucky for you, I quit Ragequit Anonymous so that you may hear my name now and forever more: I hail from Gamers Nexus, and you may call me Gong, DrGong.

"Who the hell are you?" You may find yourself pondering.  Well, let's just say I'm here to make GamersNexus a happy place.  A place where blood is spattered throughout the lands, a place for RAGEquitters to call their own.  I am here to show you how to /ragequit with style, providing provactive examples along the way.

TF2 Sniper patch! Wall-sticking death?

By Published May 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Valve has certainly proven their dedication to their games and gamers, if not through the counter-strike series and Left 4 Dead, definitely through Team Fortress 2.  Granted, they never finished the damn game in the first place, they're finally getting close.  The slowly released updates are almost good, in that they make players who have gotten bored or "needed a break" to rush back into the rather cartoony fray.  This time, though, the patch is for players who float around spawn scoped all match -

The Sniper...

Mirror's Edge - $20 - New Steam Prices!

By Published May 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Having become famous for selling games at can't-go-wrong prices, Steam has dropped Call of Duty 4 to $39.99, Mirror's Edge to $19.99, BattleForge to $29.99, and more!  I'll be getting Mirror's Edge purely to check out the graphics that seem to really have people going.  So far Steam has not posted an ending date on any of the (above) prices, which would make it apparent that these are new low prices and not just sales. 


Obviously Steam has some major influence behind PC Gaming, considering that Left 4 Dead sales went up by 3000% when they halved the price the first time, and also that Unreal Tournament 3's simultaneous online players increased by a whopping 2000%.  What does this mean?  It seems that the price-point on games is way off, primarily from the over-packaged bulletproof boxes that games come in these days - hopefully publishers will learn from these successful sales and drop the average price by $10... but I'm doubtful.  

 

Mirror's Edge

The graphics are pretty impressive.  We've uploaded the HD gameplay trailer as well, viewable below.  While the game has been out for a while now, the $30 drop in price is huge, and certainly worth considering.  

 

 

See you on the battlefield,

Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2

By Published May 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

After the wild success of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward decided to give the fans what they wanted - a sequel made by them, not by some sub-par developer (I'm looking at YOU, Treyarch).  Recently two trailers have caught our attention here at GN, one of them reveals a lot of in-game details as sort of easter eggs in the cinematic.  Perks, primary plot points, and other details can be found in the video below, where an unnamed youtuber makes very legitimate explanations of the Modern Warfare teaser, revealing perks and other hidden things within the video.  While we don't necessarily agree with all of his conclusions, you can come to your own easily once the easter eggs are pointed out.

 

 

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