Looking for suggestions for a good gaming mouse pad.
Prefer sub-$20 range.
I have been using a Xtrac Pads Zoom, but it has worn, and has some 'sticky' spots (not related to lack of cleaning), it feels as if the surfaces had literally worn away in some contact points.
The pad was great, worked well for me and my G5.
But I can't stand using the desk, or this POS Dell pad anymore.
Thanks for any suggestions!
9th October 2007
I frequently visit a Gaming internet-cafe with a few friends; and I don't complain about the equipment, except for the keyboards... (you can't play L4D with a missing A and S...)
They mostly use SteelSeries stuff, and the mouses are smooth as hell and the mousepads as well; I've experienced thos 'sticky' spots you talk about on some cheaper mousepads, but those they used, even though they suffer of 100 gamers a day, 24 hrs during weekends, they work perfectly, even the most old and beated-looking ones =p
so yeah, SteelSeries if you want my opinion.
Great thanks, I'll check out SteelSeries.
I'm also looking at the Xtrac Pads Ripper. Has a ton of great reviews on Newegg. Good price. Newegg.com - XTRAC PADS Ripper Optical Mouse pad Anyone here have experience with the Ripper?
I'm primarily an FPSer, but also do some MMO/RPG (Everquest, Diablo, Titan Quest). But FPS comes first. I prefer high sensitivity settings for a twitchy response, but still require accuracy.
7th February 2009
Agreed that Steelseries is pretty much the way to go (for surfaces at least, not so much for headsets)
The QcK+ (450x400 mm) is $15. This is great if your FPS gaming extends to game like quake where your average player has about ~25cm mouse movement for 360 in-game.
You said you had relatively high sensitivity, so you might want to look at the QcK mini ($7) if you don't have the desk space for the QcK+.
If you're not a fan of cloth based surfaces, then you probably want to look at the *HD series as well (such as the 4HD) as these are hard plastic surfaces.
If you're *really* into low friction smooth surfaces then go for the I-2 (used to be called the Icemat before steelseries rebranded a while back), though it's a little out of your budgeted range ($40), I think there's a smaller I-1 but I'm not sure if it's stocked anywhere anymore - maybe eBay?
Engineered to exceed the exacting demands of the world's top professional gamers, the highly-adaptable Razer Goliathus Speed Edition successfully melds the full-scale speed, acceleration and razor-sharp responsiveness of hard mats with the precise control and comfort offered by uncoated soft pads. Boasting an improved iteration of Razer's award-winning woven fiber technology, every inch of the Razer Goliathus Speed Edition's durable surface is a glide-versus-resistance sweet spot, making it suitable for all mouse sensitivity setups and playstyles.
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1st April 2009
I have a QcK+ and I love it. It is quite oversized, but for a lot of FPS or RTS games, you may find yourself needing to make dramatic mouse movements that span across a large area, and that's where they really shine.
And it's incredibly smooth. I've used 4 different mice on it and they've all felt really responsive, and glide really nicely - for the record, one was a standard microsoft optical, one was a Steelseries Kinzu, one was a i-rocks laser gaming mouse and my current is a G9x, and I really can't see myself using any other fabric mousepad.
thanks all, think I'm set on trying the QcK now.
now do I go with the "mass"? or just the original QcK?
the QcK is sized perfectly for the space I have, and the mass is basically the same dimensions aside from thickness.
so, what kind of difference does the thickness make? i've read some reviews say it "stays flatter, and more even/consistent". the price ~$13 vs ~$15 isn't too big of a concern, just wanna know what the real world difference in feel may be?
7th February 2009
So the "mass" (QcK+) is nice if you have a slightly uneven desk, or rest your wrist as you play.
I have both and I don't have a major preference, currently using the standard, but I think the "mass" is probably the best one to go for if you're unsure :)
I have an A4tech X7 gaming mouse pad...it was not that expensive, around 15$ and I'm really satisfied with it. It's enough big and my mouse runs smooth on it.
SCHOFIELD DID 4/30
10th August 2004