One of the most exciting aspects of the rise of pro gaming is the increase of more specialized PC gear. That is the case for Razer’s new Acari gaming mouse mat, which shockingly doesn’t glow with RGB.
So, what makes this $60 mouse pad so unique? Glad you asked.
Razer Acari: What it is
The concept is simple: in first-person shooters, or any game that requires fast reflexes, the quality of the mouse’s sensor plus a low-friction mat can result in “ultra-fast reaction times and pixel-perfect accuracy.” It’s the reason why gamers pay hundreds for elite mice and keyboards.
- Ultra-low friction, hard resin mat
- Optimized, beaded, textured surface
- Lab-tested to work with most mouse sensors and settings
- Waterproof and humidity resistant
- Anti-slip rubber base
- Dimensions: 420 x 320 x 1.95mm
To deliver that slick surface, Razer uses an “ultraviolet activated nano-bead surface” that is waterproof, thin, and resilient. Razer says it surveyed pro gamers and enthusiasts and found many of them complained that their current mouse mat lost slickness over time and also wasn’t large enough (versus the price paid and expectations).
To deliver accurate, smooth mouse tracking and ensure consistent, drag-free swipes, the Razer Acari uses an oleophobic surface on top of the nano-bead layer to reduce the build-up of binding agents such as natural skin oils and dust. This is bonded to a polycarbonate core, with a textured rubber backing, to create a slick, smooth gliding surface with a secure non-slip base, just 1.95mm thick.
Thus, Acari was created as an option for gamers who want a vast but low-friction gaming experience.
Razer Acari: Should you get it?
The mat itself is clean and minimalist with grippy feet on the bottom, so it does not slide when being used aggressively. It’s a bit disappointing that a $60 mouse mat from Razer doesn’t feature RGB lighting (I’m currently using the super rad Razer Firefly V2, which is smaller and $10 cheaper), but the real question is, does it feel different? Absolutely. The Acari’s low-friction surface is very noticeable, like using a mouse on a greased table. The effect is almost disconcerting at first just how slick it is compared to even traditional hard plastic mouse mats (and forget rubber or cloth mats, which has so much more drag). My only issue was sometimes the pad could stick to my hand and raise slightly, but it didn’t interfere with my gaming session.
I’d say the Acari is excellent for anyone concerned with “ultra-fast reaction times and pixel-perfect accuracy” and goes out of their way to get the most premium, high-performant equipment. There’s such a dramatic difference between this mouse mat and others that it’s not hard to imagine an advantage gained.
Conversely, if you’re just a casual gamer, don’t compete online, or are already doing well in your games, then Acari is probably not a great investment. It’s more of pro-level gaming gear than more affordable options.
The Razer Acari is available starting today for $60 from Razer.com.