The textures are great. They have excellent detail without being too noisy, making them very easy to use for a variety of situations without the background getting old. I use my own pens (but I'm very fussy about pens) because I had to draw a few lines twice whenever using the pens that came with the mats, but that's not a big issue. The dice are a great touch :)
If you're tossing up between this set and the other, I'd recommend this one. There are no significant flaws with these ones, but the wood one from the other set has gridlines in line with the wooden planks, making the gridlines nearly impossible to see. All the other ones are fine, and even with the wood one I'm planning to use a wet-erase marker to mark out little dots at grid intersections to help as it's a beautiful mat otherwise.