Mouse Mats: Speed vs Control?

Discussion in 'Mice and Surfaces' started by kajira, Nov 6, 2014.


Mouse Mats: Speed vs Control?

  1. Speed

    42 vote(s)
  2. Control

    68 vote(s)
  3. Don't Care

    3 vote(s)
  4. Don't Know/Notice the Difference

    31 vote(s)
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  1. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    Just as the title suggests: When it comes to mouse mats, what do you prefer and why?
    Speed or control?

    I had my other thread gathering information so I could try to decide between Invicta and Vespula, both of which have both speed and control on the same mat. So it makes it easier to choose between them depending on circumstance. However, a few people recommended the Goliathus and with those you have to actually choose one or the other when you order. So, it got me to wondering, regardless of which mats you're using which surface is your favorite and why?
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  2. iZpawn

    iZpawn Active Member

    I'm using the goliathus at the moment.
    Control edition.

    It's lovely. But i have no idea what the speed edition is like.

    Only thing this mousemat is missing, is green LED lighting. :heart:
  3. jak13h

    jak13h New Member

    I currently have the Goliathus Control mat. My friend has the Speed version and I have tested both mats and I have found that the control is better for me. With the Speed, I feel my mouse slides waaaaay too easily for me to control it. But I have pretty high sensitivity for my mouse. Only problem with the Control mat is that I have had it for about a year now and it feels like threads are being pulled up. It could just be crumbs or dust or something but it feels like there is something on the surface of the mat that i feel my fingers run into but are unable to move.
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  4. ElstenWeiss

    ElstenWeiss Active Member

    It's true that Speed mats feel like the mouse slides waaaay too easily, but it just takes some getting used to before that's no longer a problem.

    The biggest difference between Speed and Control that I've found in terms of performance is that control allows the mouse to detect finer movements, due to the rougher surface. I don't play anything that requires such pinpoint accuracy (I do fine sniping in FPS games even on the speed surface), so my choice comes down to maintenance.

    The speed surface is smoother and thus catches less dust on the surface. The control surface gets dirtier quicker (at least it feels like it does) and is a bit harder to clean. In the long run, I choose what I can control (i.e. getting used to the speed surface) over what I can't (the dust collecting on the surface over time).
  5. Elebeth

    Elebeth Active Member

    ^ that

    And I love unrestricted mouse movements that speed offers, it feels as if I am in control (huehuehue) of the mouse and not using some kind of intermediate between my hand and my mouse. (or should that be: between my handmouse and desktop :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:)
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  6. bigmouth0317_no_id

    bigmouth0317_no_id New Member

    i've had the Razer Vespula for a while and thinking back i've only used the speed side maybe twice. with the Razer mamba, set to 3500, i DEFINITELY recommend the control side, otherwise you'll be all over the place, like i was.
  7. lochu91

    lochu91 Active Member

    Kerri it depends what you play (like everything these days isn`t it? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:). If you play mostly RPGs go for control if you play anything but quite a bit FPSes i`d go Speed. The way mouse slides on the mat is only a matter of how long you are using it same comes for mouse sensitivity. If you are oldschool CS player you`d use low sensitivity and couldn`t play with higher unless you spent some time on it.

    I know you are gamer that enjoy a variety of games so i`d go for speed just because it will do just fine at mmos/rpgs but also will be great for FPSes not to mention Speed is much softer in touch. But at the end of the day one need to find gear that will fit his not other`s gamestyle.

    What have you done? :slightly_sad:
  8. Jan_Nerio

    Jan_Nerio Member

    what is the difference of speed and control.????? i have goliathus speed :blush:
  9. Dunyas

    Dunyas Active Member

    How much friction the surface is designed to create. Speed is low friction, control allows for easy sliding but enough friction to keep it from easily sliding around.

    As for a which surface, I prefer the control side of a hard mat. As for soft mats, I don't think it matters. Since the mouse sinks a little bit into a soft mat, it creates enough friction to keep it on task. Using a speed hard mat tends to cause to much slippage.
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  10. TylerMayes

    TylerMayes Member

    Actually there is a little bit more to it than that. The control also has a sort of diamond weave to it and the speed is more like a standard mouse mat cloth material.

    On standard mouse mat material there is the slightest different in feel when moving your mouse mat horizontal vs vertical. The Diamond weave creates a fully uniform feel for both horizontal and vertical motion. Its a very subtle distinction that I really enjoy about the control style mat.
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  11. There's another point to consider. I've used a number of different mouse mats but that one I have been sticking with the last few years is the Razer Sphex. I've found it to be much longer lasting than my old mats, but that's not the reason I went with it.

    The reason I went with the Sphex is because it's as thin as a sheet of paper. Ok not literally but almost. It's between the thickness of paper and construction paper, so pretty damn thin if you ask me. And I love it for that because it doesn't get in the way on my desk. If I have to slide something over onto the mat it's no issue, it doesn't catch my hand on the edges because its low profile and it's large enough I can get by using just half of it if I need to (Which I often do when I have my HOTAS out on my desk).

    I've even moved it from one desk to another over the years and it's maintained it's stick just fine.
  12. Elebeth

    Elebeth Active Member

    Oh, another thing to have on mind when concerning Goliathus speed: it is really really sleek!
    First I thought that speed edition is just regular cloth mouse mat and that control is something different; boy, was I wrong...

    When I compared it to my previous mouse mat (steelseries qck) they where heaven and earth. Speed is much smoother than your regular cloth mat and control is much "rougher".
    So the scale would go: speed < regular < control (in terms of smoothness and sleekness)

    I am very happy that Razer offers something different and unique and not just another cloth mouse mat.
  13. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    @ZATZAi I just looked at that one last night because I realized I'd never actually read the description - it looked really neat.

    @Elebeth I'm starting to think I just need one of everything. rofl

    SUPERCILEX Active Member

    I personally prefer the control edition. I like to feel my mouse moving along the mat.
  15. wakoquacko

    wakoquacko Active Member

    I use the Goliathus speed with my naga set to max 8200 dpi. Kinda doubles as a security feature as no one can seem to use it at that settings :D
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  16. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    @wakoquacko LOL - that's hilarious that you use your mat/settings to prevent people from being able to really use your system. I really laughed at that. hehehe
  17. Mapsle

    Mapsle Well-Known Member

    Sorry to dig up this thread after more than a week, but am I the only one using the Destructor 2? It´s by far my favorite.
    And you get an awesome case with it.
  18. RaulCappy

    RaulCappy New Member

    Hi! I just bought a Razer Deathadder Chroma (10.000dpi). I want to buy a Razer Goliathus mouse mat and I can't decide what edition to buy: speed or control? What's better for my mouse? (i play LoL and some fps games). Please help me.
  19. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    Personally, I prefer control. But I know a lot of people who can't live without their speed.
  20. oakmage

    oakmage New Member

    I love my control edition. I play everything at 6400 dpi.
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