The Razer Goliathus is one of our favorite mousepads, but for the latest iteration, the company went all-out. The Goliathus Chroma, as you can guess from the name, has Razer's take on RGB lighting worked into it.
It isn't the first mousepad from Razer with Chroma, but it's now the cheapest, and arguably the best.
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Razer Goliathus gets lights
The Razer Firefly has been putting Chroma on mousepads for a couple of years now, but it's both pricey and hard, even though you can get one with a cloth finish now. I don't like hard mousepads, and as I've been using a Goliathus for a while now, I naturally became very interested when it got some lights. (Lights add 10 FPS to your PC games. Everyone knows this, right?)
The surface is micro-textured, designed for a balance of control and speed, and the underside is all anti-slip rubber. Compared to my current Goliathus with a textured finish, it's quite a bit smoother, but you can feel the slightest resistance if you run your hand over it vertically.
The mousepad design is fairly simple. The Chroma lighting strip is sewn into the edge, and it's controlled by a module in the top left corner, with a braided USB cable going out to your PC. There's a cable routing clip on the back of the module, so you can feed it off to the right if you wish. From there, it's over to the Razer Synapse application to sync up your lighting.
As it is Chroma, you can easily sync it to any other devices you have, but Synapse also allows you to calibrate your Razer mouse automatically for Razer's mousepads. The Goliathus Chroma isn't added yet as a pre-loaded selection, but I've been using the Firefly Cloth edition setting and it seems to work well. I assume Razer will add this one soon enough.
It's a very good looking addition to the Chroma family. It's a great surface as you'd expect from a Goliathus. And it is a very good product. But there's one thing I'm not so happy about ...
If your mouse cable isn't elevated above the Chroma strip, it will rub, and if it's a braided cable as on my Deathadder Elite (opens in new tab), you'll hear it rubbing and you'll feel a little resistance. Personally, I use a mouse bungee, so I can elevate it enough but it's something to bear in mind.
The lowdown on Razer's Goliathus Chroma mousepad
At $39.99, it's not the cheapest mousepad, but it's a fair bit less expensive than the Firefly if you're into your Chroma. It's a bit of a novelty, perhaps, but it's a good product that previous Goliathus owners won't be disappointed with, and it certainly brightens up your desk.
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This looks interesting. What can you do with it if you don't download the app? I'd like to use it at work, but there is no way I'll get the approval for installing the app. Can I set it up on another computer and store the settings on/in the pad like some Logitech mice?
Without the app I think it just cycles through the colors on the default setting.
Thanks, I can live with that. Order placed.
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