Earlier on Razer brought out a dual-sided mouse pad called the eXactMat. It failed miserably with the players. In the start, it looked really cool having a dual-sided pad but in reality there wasn’t much difference between both sides. The surface that should give us a lesser glide and more control would also be pushing our mouse all over the pad. In addition to all that the pad wasn’t durable, a friend of mine used it for six months after which the material started fading away.
Razer decided to discontinue that model and replaced the eXactMat with the Vespula. The Vespula just like its earlier version is dual sided and we’ll see in this review if Razer has redeemed itself or not.
- Non-slip, anti-reflective, abrasion-resistant hard coat
- SPEED surface for faster mouse movements
- CONTROL surface for precise mouse movements
- Size: 300mm (length) x 240mm (width) x 4 mm (height)
- Comes with a gel-filled wrist rest
Let’s start with the dimensions of the mouse pad. When put side by side to a Goliathus, you’ll see that they are almost the same size. Next comes the dual sides, the first one is the Control surface which is marked with an exclamation mark icon on the bottom left just above the Razer Vespula logo.
The other side is the Speed surface and that’s marked by a clock icon in the same region as before.The control surface has a coarse texture which is supposed to give your mouse movements some resistance for additive accuracy whereas the speed surface is very smooth and perfect for fast mouse movements.
One of the original things that Razer is giving with the Vespula is a memory gel-filled wrist rest. I’ve never heard of this before but the idea might be old. The wrist rest should reduce pressure on your wrist and make your gaming a more comfortable experience; we’ll put this claim to the test soon enough.
Let’s get the thing about the wrist rest cleared. I’m sure you’re still wondering what that gel-filled wrist rest really does. Don’t bother with it, from personal experience and many views from owners it’s adamant that you’ll probably enjoy the Vespula without the wrist rest. The height of the wrist rest is a bit too much, either they should lower the height or else make it softer so our wrist can dive in.
The difference between both sides is more apparant than the older eXactMat. If you apply the same amount of force to the mouse, it moves half the distance on the control surface. So, if you’re sniping, the precision side is better, since make more subtle movements by default. If you need zip all over the pad with quickness, the speed side is a better bet. Tracking is good I guess, I’m a cloth guy so I’ll always say that you’ll get more tracking on a cloth pad than a hard surface.
Value and Conclusion
The Vespula is priced at $35. If you’re a fan of the eXactMat then you’ll love this.