Mousepads are usually something most people don’t think about including PC gamers. Sure there are some nice high-end hard or soft mousepads designed for gaming, but electronic mousepads are a recent thing. With Qi wireless charging pads becoming the new thing, RGB mousepads have picked up in popularity and there are a few models out there. I had the Razer Firefly and it died on me in a week so I was hesitant to buy another RGB mousepad, so I switched brands this time around.
Corsair is known for solid gaming accessories and the MM800 is no exception. It’s a fairly large mousepad and takes up quite a bit of room, but it looks fantastic. The surface has a rough material so your mouse can glide without being too slippery and it’s ultra thin for being electronic. At the top of the mousepad is a small box with a USB 3.0 pass through and the power cable. Around the sides and front is a thin RGB strip and the colors are bright, vivid, and gorgeous.
Of course, you will need to install Corsair’s iQue software which I was skeptical about, but it’s actually quite nice and well designed and doesn’t bog down my PC. Customizing the colors is fairly easy, but there’s no option to turn off the lights when the monitors go to sleep like with Razer products which were quite annoying.
After using the pad for several hours I really loved it and the RGB lights aren’t distracting and look fantastic with my RBG setup. For the price, it’s not bad, but some people can buy the same pad without the lights for half the price, so unless you want RGB lights or are working on an RGB setup don’t bother.
Mousepads aren’t something that most hardcore PC gamers should overlook. A great gaming mouse is only half the battle as the surface you move it on affects everything. I used the Razer Vespula for over 2 years, and loved it, but I was ready for something bigger, with no wrist pad, and cool looking.
There are various types of mouse pads from size to surface type. Most are made for low DPI or high DPI, and some mousepads can fit your entire desks. I was looking for something bigger, a little less smooth, and flashy and the Firefly was perfect. My initial thoughts were the Chroma effects were a gimmick and it was a crappy mousepad. After initial testing, I was dead wrong. This is the nicest mousepad I have ever used and the lighting effects are just icing on the cake. It’s very minimal with a Razer logo in the top right corner, an LED bar along the bottom and sides, and them a small bar at the top where the power cord goes. Yes, this is probably the only powered mousepad in existence and while some may naysay this, it’s needed for the LED lights. If you’re on a MAC or gaming laptop this may be an issue due to few USB ports. However, my PC has 8 USB ports in the back and 2 in the front so it doesn’t make a difference for me.
When I first opened the box and felt the slightly rough surface I was worried it would be too rough and drag my mouse down. I am currently using a Logitech G700S with 2900 DPI set. After setting the mouse down it was actually perfect. It made me realize just how smooth the Vespula was and I needed that little extra grit. The playing surface is perfect and not too small or big. However, the $60 price tag is for those cool LED lights right?
They are worth it. Razer’s Chroma SDK doesn’t support much right now, but the effects you can change in Razer Synapse 2.0 are enough for just a light bar and the ambient glow it gives off when on a surface is fantastic and cool. I currently only have seen Rise of the Tomb Raider and Overwatch support (that I own) the pad with Overwatch only using an orange glow at startup. Right now I use the Audio Visualizer app in the Chroma store that flashes the bar with sound which is just fantastic. Hopefully, over time, the Chroma features are embraced by developers and not abandoned like their touch pad or Hydra devices.
My only complaint is that the bottom of the mat isn’t sticky enough and I’m having to reset the position of the mat at least once an hour during heavy gaming. A small gripe and nothing that I feel deter the price point. The USB cable is going to be hated person by person. I don’t mind it and the cord is long enough to reach almost anywhere. However, if you don’t care for LED lighting I can’t recommend this for just a really good mousepad too.