In my experience the mousemat is quite possibly the most overlooked gaming ‘accessory’ and you will find that gaming mice (such as the Gigabyte GM-M6880) or gaming headsets (like the ZOWIE Hammer) seem to get a lot more attention.
The reasons for that we’ll look at later, but firstly I’d like to introduce the ZOWIE GTF gaming mouse mat, from the same company that brought you the Hammer gaming headset and who made their name making mousemats such as the one that we’re looking at today.
But before we have a look at the actual it’s probably worth having a quick look at what makes a gaming mouse mat any different to any other and also why you would want to get one at all — the reason being that after a little ‘research’ (i.e. asking people I know) they have absolutely no idea what is special about them and I thought it was worth clearing the subject up!
Why Use A Gaming Mouse Mat?
The original reason for having mouse mats (or mouse pads) was to increase the friction on the old ball mice and now in the age of optical and laser they may seem a little redundant (and it has to be said that although they are still present, they are definitely less popular than they were 5-10 years ago). However the aim with a gaming mousemat is not to ‘actually get the mouse to work’ as it used to be, but to make it as smooth as possible to aid your gaming as much as possible.
The average gaming mouse mat will be, for example, substantially bigger, smoother, more ‘grippy’ and more durable than your standard option all of which some way or another help you get that little edge in your games — and that is the main reason you would want to invest in one.
Features and Appearance
Onto the G-TF, and the first thing that I noticed (apart from the stylish packaging which matched that of the Hammer headset) was how big it is: at 440mm x 380mm this is easily big enough for even the least sensitive mouse, and in fact may be a little too big for many who may prefer the slightly smaller P-TF option, But I personally love the extra space that it gives me!
One of the other most important things to think about when selecting a mouse mat is the material it’s made of and surprisingly instead of the plastic or glass that you often see on ‘high performance mats’ we see that the G-TF has taken the cloth option.
But this is no ordinary cloth. Oh no! This is “Unique and Original SpawN’s textured” cloth which promises both durability and, most importantly from a gamers perspective, the speed that allows it to easily match that seen on other materials. And that’s without even considering the nicer feel (both generally and when using the mouse) and appearance — oh and the fact that it can easily be rolled away back into its box and easily taken away without the fear of it being broken.
The water-resistant surface allows for it to recover easily from assorted spilt drinks and the Anti-Fray Edges (triple-stitched and with a rolled hem) increase the longevity of the mouse pad life and prevent wear-n-tear — and the rubberised base has incredible grip considering how flat it looks!
So far I’ve only really given you facts and figures, but apart from the small SpawN motif at the bottom (yes, this is thoroughly endorsed by pro gamer Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed as well as the Hammer headset) that sums up the appearance.
Admittedly I was a little sceptical when I first started using it (I mean, how much difference can it make?) but it didn’t take long for it to convert me! All the little things have been thought about with this mat, and combined with my new mouse it gives really smooth movements which translate into faster and generally more effective gameplay — and I would find it very hard to go back to my ‘table’ surface having used the ZOWIE G-TF mouse mat.
However this isn’t for everyone — unless you really care about your gaming then it’s probably not worth shedding out for something you don’t need, but just like the headset if you do game regularly (even on a casual level) then the ZOWIE G-TF gaming mouse mat is the product for you, and it really earns its 5 out of 5 stars!