Earlier this month, Corsair launched the MM700 RGB prolonged mouse mat and the Katar Pro XT mouse, priced at £60 and £35, respectively. We’ve received each in for testing at the moment. I believe at this level we are able to all agree that prolonged mouse mats are right here to remain. There is an argument to be made for larger mouse mats that additionally cowl your keyboard space and virtually all of the desk in a single fell swoop.
Coming in at a substantial 930mm x 400mm, the MM700 ought to fairly cowl most mouse and keyboard necessities with out flopping off the top of correct laptop desks. It’s constituted of 4mm rubber which Corsair claims smooths out any imperfections within the floor, though I’m not conscious of many desk surfaces with random holes so I’m not totally satisfied of the usefulness of this declare. With that stated it does really feel agency however with a slight little bit of give and cushioning that makes it really feel very flat. It has a floor that I can solely describe as a really fast-playing snooker fabric. Corsair additionally talks in regards to the anti-skid texture on the underside of the mouse mat. At first I used to be doubtful of how a lot this could truly forestall slipping however after having the ability to push myself again whereas in a desk chair with out the mat transferring even a millimetre, I’m impressed with its stability.
The principal characteristic factors are the 360-degree RGB lighting and the two-port USB 2.0 hub on the top-right. The lighting will be cycled between the 12 onboard profiles by way of the button within the nook or be totally managed by means of the iCUE software program which notably nonetheless is not supported on Linux. The two-port USB hub, in the meantime, comes throughout as a really good characteristic at first look however upon utilizing it some downsides begin to present. While one of many USB ports has been placed on the right-hand aspect of the hub the opposite is on the backside… proper the place your probably quick mouse is transferring. I’ve received no thought why it was put there however the truth the hub is on the right-hand aspect as an alternative of the left makes it 10 occasions worse for almost all of players who maintain the mouse of their proper hand. You even have the issue of mouse flicks hitting the cable popping out of the underside of the pad when enjoying fast-paced video games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends. Corsair, nevertheless, does advocate that customers solely use this downward-facing port for small USB receivers… however why not put it on the opposite aspect of the hub or the mat and resolve the potential downside fully?
The solely different main level is the stitching Corsair has used across the edges. The manner the stitching has been carried out to permit loads of mild to shine by means of – however maintain the lighting strip hooked up – triggered a noticeable tough feeling on the underside of my naked forearm from any mouse actions. It’s not an enormous subject more often than not, however while you do transfer your arm, it is actually noticeable.
Overall, the MM700 does present good lighting and among the finest mouse surfaces I’ve used on a big mat. It’s unlucky, then, that it is let down by the position of the USB ports/hub and the tough edging. If you do not plan on utilizing the entrance USB port and you will need to have an RGB mouse mat, then I really feel it is a high-quality possibility.