Razer has released its first-ever glass mouse mat for gamers. Billed as a mat that delivers “pure polished precision,” the Razer Atlas offers a micro-etched tempered glass surface with CNC-milled rounded edges, a non-slip rubber base, and quick wipe-down cleaning. This $99 / €119 glass mouse mat isn’t simply an upcycled glass chopping board.
Glass has been an integral part of our daily lives for centuries. Still, in the world of computer peripherals, where ergonomic considerations meant everyone in the noughties had a gel wrist rest, it might be a harder sell. In addition, there has been a definite trend toward hard ‘fast’ mousing surfaces for eSports pros in recent years, but does glass go too far?
Razer highlights that its glass mouse mat enhances several gaming performance metrics. For accurate tracking, the Razer Atlas features a black or white surface that has been micro-etched with 2μm texturing for seamless optical sensor feedback. For speed and responsiveness, the ultra-smooth matte surface facilitates “quick swipes and consistent glides,” says Razer. If you tend to wear out your mouse mats, another touted benefit of this tempered glass design is its impeccable durability - and it should be easy to clean after a smudgy, sweaty Cheetos-fueled gaming session.
Making this step away from traditional mouse mats, Razer seems to have not yet found a way to integrate its signature Chroma RGB into the Atlas. Or perhaps it will release the RGB version once the excitement about this first Atlas model has diminished.
Razer includes some curious warnings on its Atlas product pages. Of course, glass can be dangerous, particularly compared to the fabric and foam of a standard mouse mat. However, do we need to be cautioned not to use the Atlas to start fires, as a lens for watching eclipses or solar flares, or to not hit others over the head with it?
Razer is asking $99 / €119 for this 450 x 400 x 5 mm (17.72 x 15.75 x 0.19-inch) glass slab. Perhaps this price will be acceptable to some, but others might be tempted to indulge in some DIY Perks style antics, like upcycling a glass chopping board or sandblasting a portion of a glass desk top for a similar result.
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I can't think of any reason whatsoever, why I could possibly want one of these, even without considering the high price.Reply
Friesiansam said:I can't think of any reason whatsoever, why I could possibly want one of these, even without considering the high price.
Apparently it makes for a really good upcycled glass chopping board.
Love that third caution symbol!
I think a golden toilet would be of higher priority than a glass mouse pad, er chopping boardReply
Maybe if it had some sort of rgb maybe $100 would be worth the razer tax.Reply
The first glass from Razer.Reply
Absolutely not the first "glass" mousepad.
I am on a bead blasted aluminum mouse pad and once you have tried one you will never go back to any other foam or vinyl plastic junk. It was like $9 and it looks exactly the same after years of use.
I still have both my Icemat and SteelSeries version of the same thing. They've been really good and just require cleaning, but they also cost significantly less money than this and its contemporaries. I was always sad when SteelSeries never bothered with any followups, but the prices on this and pulsar's are absurd.Reply
RichardtST said:Apparently it makes for a really good upcycled glass chopping board.
Love that third caution symbol!
Glass is no good for chopping boards. Dulls the kniives.
Those warnings seem like the company Lawyers said: "Just put some warnings on it!"
Yep. I only use wooden chopping boardsReply
I don't know, those instructions on how to start fires and bash enemies on the head looked kinda cool and might be worth a try.Friesiansam said:I can't think of any reason whatsoever, why I could possibly want one of these, even without considering the high price.