Today we are taking a look at a couple of Roccat?s mouse pads, the Hiro and the Raivo. Despite coming from the same company, they both take fairly different approaches. The Raivo is hard and mostly smooth on one side, and heavily textured on one side, whereas the Hiro is soft and textured on one side, and smooth and rubberized on the other. Here are the features lists for each:

Roccat Hiro:

  • VULCANIZED SILICONE SURFACE with complex 3D structure for total speed & control domination
  • POWER-BONDED CONSTRUCTION for smooth, rounded edges that won?t fray
  • COVERT-TECH SURFACE TREATMENT for ultra-quiet gliding
  • NON-SLIP, SHOCK-ABSORBING RUBBER BASE for the steadiest command platform & longest battle comfort
  • FORCE FIELD PROTECTIVE COATING water resistant & easy to clean
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS CONSTRUCTION for max battle durability, mission after mission
  • OPTIMAL GAMING SIZE of 350 x 250 x 2.5mm ? for ideal ergonomics and performance

Roccat Raivo:

  • MICRO-GRANULAR SPEED SURFACE for ultra-fast gliding with mega-precise control
  • INTEGRATED FLEX-SUPPORT PLATE for max stability with the longest play comfort
  • ERGONOMIC BATTLE SHIELD SHAPE with wrist cut-out for top combat effectiveness
  • NON-SLIP RUBBER BACKING for worry-free warfare during even the most hectic battles
  • DIRT-RESISTANT COATING for tracking interference protection; easy to clean
  • COMBAT-TESTED MATERIALS for the longest life of relentless, hardcore gaming action
  • PERFECT SIZE FOR GAMING of 350 x 270 x 2mm ? for top notch performance and comfort

Both mouse pads are approximately the same size, so the rest becomes a matter of preference. For the user that likes a hard but relatively flexible mouse pad, the Raivo is the way to go. Whereas for users who prefer a soft, floppy mouse pad that can be rolled up and taken on the go, the Hiro is a better option.

We tested each mouse pad with the Thermaltake Level 10 M mouse, the Roccat Kone XTD, and the Roccat Savu mice, each set to 8200, 8200, and 4000 CPI (DPI) respectively. Both mouse pads performed admirably, the only differences being how the anti-friction pads on the bottom of each mouse moved along the different surfaces of both mouse pads.

Neither mouse pad was really susceptible to grime nor dirt, if anything spilled on either one, it could be wiped right off.

Ultimately we found both mouse pads to be quite easy to use with no discernible difference in performance. We had a slight preference for the Hiro as we preferred the softer feel and the ability to roll it up for travel. That convenience costs a bit more, with the Roccat Hiro currently retailing on Amazon for $39.99, and the Roccat Raivo currently retailing on Amazon for $29.92. For users looking for durable, high quality mouse pads that can easily be maintained, either option is a solid choice.