Razer Goliathus vs Firefly | Razer Mousemat Comparison

Getting a good mouse is one of the best things that you can do if you’re looking to improve your overall gaming. But, like Robin was there for Batman, a good mousemat is an essential thing to have to support your mouse.

There are a lot of different options available, with Razer mousemats being some of the most popular amongst gamers. Two of the different mousemats that Razer sell are the Firefly and the Goliathus series, which has various different options to choose from.

So, when you’re looking for a new mousemat, which of these should opt opt for; Goliathus or Firefly? Well, we’re going to have a closer look at both of these mice to find out which one of them is going to be the better choice for you.

Razer Goliathus vs Firefly

The main difference between the Goliathus and the Razer Firefly is that that whilst the Goliathus is a soft mat, the Firefly has a much harder plastic surface. Most gamers will already know which kind of surface they prefer out of the two.

A mousemat is important for the ergonomics of your wrist – you can consider a good vertical mouse if you’re looking for the most comfortable mouse. But, back to Razer – this isn’t the only difference between the two mousemats. So, let’s take a look at both of them in a closer detail.

Razer Goliathus

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Razer Goliathus Chroma Soft Gaming Mouse Mat with Micro-Textured Cloth Surface, Optimized For All Sensitivity Settings and Sensors, RGB Chroma enabled
  • With a full spectrum of 16.8 million colour options, watch your Razer Goliathus Chroma light up with in-game alerts and effects

The Razer Goliathus has been one of the brands bestselling mousemats for a while, and it’s a pretty safe choice if you like a soft mat.

It’s design with a mixture of textures on it’s surface, but essentially it is made from a pretty standard cloth material. You can set it up with the Razer Synapse software to work with the Chroma lighting it has around it’s trim. The base of the mat is rubber, so you can be sure it’ll stay in position and won’t slip easily.

As well as the main version of the Goliathus, you can also purchase an extended version of the mat too. This is pretty much the same as the original except a whole lot longer, which means you can fit your keyboard onto the mat easily too. It might be worth the upgrade for those that are looking at Razer keyboards too.

Pros

If you want to, you can easily upgrade from the Goliathus to the Extended version, which is much longer and will be enough for both your mouse and your keyboard too.
The design of the mat is quite understated, and the fine Chroma lighting is a nice touch which you can set up with Razer Synapse.
Although the extended Goliathus is more expensive than the Firefly, the base version is actually going to be a little cheaper and is more affordable.

Cons

Although you can probably tell from the images, this mousemat comes with literally no wrist support. This means that it’s not a great choice for anyone who games for long hours and has issues with their wrists (carpal tunnel etc).
If we’re comparing it to other soft mousemats out there, to be hones there isn’t a massive difference between them all.
In comparison to the harder Firefly, it isn’t going to hold up as well over the time that you own it.

Razer Firefly

Another one of the more popular mousemats that Razer have released is the Firefly, which is designed with RBG Chroma lighting all around it’s edges.

This is actually the second version of the Firefly, which is a good improvement on the original, which definitely wasn’t as durable. it has a useful wireholder at the top of the mousemat like most Razer pads do, which is perfect if you’re using a wired mouse.

The surface is designed to work well with all Razer mice, and it’s perfect for pixel tracking with the sensor of your mouse. For a mat it’s quite expensive, and will probably only suit those looking for the very best.

Pros

This mat does pretty much everything you could need it to. Non-slip surface, great Chroma lighting and easy setup with any Razer mouse are just some of it’s highlights.
The hard surface of this mousemat makes it a great option for those who take their gaming very seriously, as it works really well with any Razer mouse.
Not only does the hard surface make for a good way to game, but it’s also one of the reasons this mousemat will last a long time too. It’s very durable, and it’s not going to struggle with wear and tear.

Cons

If you’re looking for a quiet mousemat, then this definitely isn’t the right option for you. Although it’s made to a good standard, it’s pretty loud running your mouse across it’s surface.
The V2 Firefly retails at a pretty expensive price, which will probably put it out of the price range of many people looking for a cheap mouse mat.
It might be overkill for those that just want to game occasionally and are mainly going to be using it for work.

Conclusion

Overall, these are two high quality mousemats at the top of the market in terms of both performance but also price too. Razer are one of the top brands out there in terms of quality – some even say that they’re better than Logitech. For me, it’s quite easy to tell which of these would be the better option for you.

If you’re after a hard mat, then opt for the Firefly. You won’t be disappointed with it’s firm surface and great usability. But if you prefer a soft mat, then check out the Goliathus series, which is also a high quality mouse mat.

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