I would like to thank PCZOS.de
for providing the review sample.
PCZOS is the German distributor for various mouse pads and gamer gear. There are three different brands being sold through respective websites, run by PCZOS: GlideTapes, Nuke-Z and Rantopad
The website is pretty simple, only offering links to the three brands on their own websites. While the GlideTapes and Nuke-Z websites list PCZOS under contact information, the Rantopad does list a different address.
Rantopad has various distributors around the world. The Website www.Rantopad.com
uses Chinese as default language, while English can be selected. They offer a wide range of mouse pads under the Rantopad brand name. There is no further information about the company on the website, nonetheless the line-up of different mouse pads is quite impressive. The website seems to exist since 2003 as that year is mentioned at the bottom of the website.
The Rantopad Mammoth has the following features & specifications:
- large surface area: 31.8 cm x 27 cm
- thin height: 1.5 mm
- tested by professional gamers
- big speed surface with a new type of surface for ultra-precise movement
- new type of anti-skid surface for secure placement
- very thin and extremely durable
- perfect for LAN parties
- supports mice with 8000 dpi and higher
- ideal for "low and mid sense " gamers due to large size
The Rantopad Mammoth is packed in a very thin and simple card board packaging. The front has a cutout, so that potential buyers can get a feel for the mouse pad's texture. The back does not list anything else besides the company address and contact information and a UPC code.
The pad itself has a square form. and does not feel very smooth. For comparison, it feels like some rough sand paper. We will take a closer look at performance at a later point. The back of the pad is quite interesting. Instead of sticking four or more rubber pads on the back, to keep it secure on the table, the entire back was sprayed with plastic. This hardened material makes for some very good anti-skid properties.
The bottom right corner features a very nice clear Rantopad logo and mouse pad name - Mammoth.
The pad was tested with laser and optical mice. While some may still use an old fashion mouse ball, it will certainly not be in a gaming environment where mice and mouse pads have become an important asset. The following mice were used to test the Rantopad Mammoth:
- Logitech MX Revolution,
- Sharkoon Rush Laser Mouse
- Logitech MX518
The Logitech MX Revolution is one of the most advanced mice out there, but is not necessarily considered a gaming mouse. The Sharkoon Rush Laser Mouse on the other hand is geared toward gamers and offers a variable DPI setting between 400 and 2000 DPI. The Logitech MX518 is one of the most successful optical gaming mice and is still commonly used today as the weapon of choice.
As mentioned before the mouse pad does feel somewhat rough. But any mouse placed on the surface moved quite nicely. After I have personally used plastic pads for a long time, starting with the first Radpadz, this one is by far the best when it comes to mouse movement. All three mice did not have any problems on the mouse pad. The surface features a very randomized surface with different depths and sizes to make the pad a bit rough. This means that it will most likely not wear and become smooth as fast as pads which use equal round bumps to achieve a grade of roughness.
The Rantopad Mammoth is of traditional size, which is much better for my type of gaming. I am a high sensitivity gamer, which means that small mouse movement will yield large movement on the screen. It may not be that great for low sensitivity gamers, but there are not a lot of large plastic pads out there as they are simply too fragile when so large, while not offering very good transportability for LAN parties.
The thickness or thinness of the Rantopad is simply said: perfect. It is a mere 1.5 mm thick which is much thinner than most plastic pads and the majority of cloth pads out there. This means there is no noticeable rise on the table, making gaming even more comfortable.
The Rantopad Mammoth is made out of plastic, which makes it long lasting. The problem with plastic pads is dust. Every bigger grain can be felt on such pads. There are some, which collect dust faster than others, due to the surface. Mouse pads which have smooth surface which is then made "rough" by placing small round little points on the pad, tend to collect more dust, as it offers more areas where it will not be disturbed and can settle. Pads which offer groves and pits with rather pointy and different depths at different points tend to collect less dust. The Rantopad Mammoth features the pattern kind of surface.
Value and Conclusion
- The Rantopad Mammoth will ship soon and will cost around 18€s in Europe and $29 US Dollars at eTailers in America.
- Excellent performance
- Very smooth and accurate tracking
- Thin and comfortable
- Great bottom to keep secure on table
- Three different designs to choose from
- To small for low sensitivity gamers
- A bit more expensive as other offerings
- 1.5 mm make it a bit fragile.
The Rantopad Mammoth is simply said one of the most comfortable plastic mouse pads I have ever used. It is incredibly thin, well built and offers great accuracy and performance. The well structured surface of the Mammoth will make it long lasting, without collecting a lot of dust or smoothing out after a lot of use. This mouse pad is perfect for high sensitivity gamers looking for a long lasting pad to use at home or your favorite LAN party. While it cannot directly be compared to cloth pads, this one is definitely one of the best plastic pads out there.