Step Your Game Up: Razer Destructor Mousepad and Piranha Headset

A while back we test drove the Razer Tarantula

keyboard and DeathAdder mouse. I was pretty happy with the fact that I could go

back and forth from working to playing PC games without having to switch out my

basic equipment every time.

This time around, the folks at Razer let me get my

workaholic paws on their Destructor mousepad and Piranha headset. Before you geek out and say "these have been out for a minute slowpoke!" keep in mind that it doesn't matter when something comes out - if it's good, it's good. So let's ride...To start, there are a few reasons why these products are awesome for everyday use (we’ll

get to the gaming aspect in a minute).

The headphones are pretty simple looking at first

glance. I wasn’t sure why they’d call them Piranha, but the crisp sound

definitely packs a bite. The headset has that trademark blue glowing symbol, so

you can find them easily when the room is dark or when you’ve buried them under

papers on your desk.

While I've had these hooked up to my desk computer, I use a pair of beloved Skullcandy headphones with

a bass-booster/volume switch on the laptop that are pretty comparable. While I

wouldn't walk out of the house with the Piranha on my head (they're not exactly eye candy), they do

tend to be a bit clearer than the almighty Skullcandy joints when it comes to

sound quality.

The mic reception is crystal clear, so it’s just

as good for making your vlogs and video conferencing as it is for trash talking

during gameplay.

I don’t know what “Fractal” texture really means,

but that’s just one of the many features that the oversized Destructor has to

make it a keeper. It doesn’t slide around when you move your hand, it's thin, it doesn’t

get hot or uncomfortable like an ordinary mousepad does when you’ve been

working on it for a while, and the gracious space and shape of it allows you to

move back and forth, up and down as you work, without having to lift your mouse

up to reposition it. Somehow that seems like I shouldn’t say it like that, but

you get the drift. Now gamers, let’s get down to the brass tacks:




Fractal™ textured surface for enhanced precision movements

The crux of the Razer Destructor™’s innovation

lies in its proprietary gunmetal coating which yields a highly reactive

surface. The result is superior tactility, improved responsiveness and enhanced



to improve optical and laser gaming-grade mouse performance

The Razer Destructor™ was made with one primary

mission in mind: to coax the maximum performance from gaming-grade mice. And

the results speak for themselves. Gaming-grade optical mice track up to 25%

better on the Razer Destructor™, and gaming-grade laser mice up to 37% better,

when compared to other gaming-mousing surfaces which are designed specifically

for extremely precise movements.



Measuring 350mm (length) x 280mm (width) x 2.3mm

(height), the Razer Destructor™ provides an ample mousing area for

lower-sensitivity gamers accustomed to performing sweeping movements.

Razer Fractal™ surface for high-precision gameplay

Optimized for both optical and laser gaming-grade

mice Ultra-wide size ideal for continuous, rapid

swipes: 350mm (length) x 280mm (width) x 2.3mm (height) Non-slip rubber base for firm grip on smooth

surfaces Includes a premium lightweight protective case


headset specs:

True-to-life audio quality with superior clarity

and bass Adjustable, noise-filtering microphone for clearer

in-game communication Comfortable, ergonomic and adjustable earphones

suitable for prolonged use In-line remote control with convenient volume and

microphone muting adjustments Single-sided cable for hassle-free usage Durable braided fiber cable protection Internet telephony compatible Compatible with most major operating systems Usable with CD, DVD and digital audio players (via

3.5mm minijack)


Freq. response: 18 – 22,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohms

SPL (@ 1 kHz, 1 Vrms): 114 dB

Cable: 3.0 meters


Freq. response: 80 – 15,000 Hz

Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz, 1V/Pa): -38 dB

Impedance: ~2 kOhms