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Mastershroom VIP Member

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#1 10 years ago

The mouse pad.

Yeah, I said it. I just received my Thermaltake Gamma Pad today, and I gotta say, having been using my mice pretty much exclusively on wooden desk surfaces for years...it's pretty mind-blowing.

It's not the kind of thing you would expect to make that much difference, but my Logitech G9 tracks so much smoother on this thing than it ever did on a desk. The surface is virtually frictionless.

The USB-powered multicolor LED's are a nice feature too. For anyone with a fancy lit-up case, this would be a pretty flawless addition.

Just took a pic:

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Sorry for the cell phone quality, here's a better quality photo from the internet:

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So, if you're still using your mouse directly on a desk or cloth mousepad, get a good one. This one is fantastic, and I know Razer makes some good ones too.




kow_ciller

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#2 10 years ago

Dont get a plastic pad. They wear easily and ruin the feet on your mouse. I would say get a cloth mouse pad. they generally last longer and are cheaper also. You can find a good steelseries pad at gamestop for around $9.99 plus tax.




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#3 10 years ago

Plastic pads can also warp, I used to have an Everglide pad (which were pretty highly rated) but after long-term use it warped and ended up being raised in the middle. It wasn't good...




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#4 10 years ago

Yeah honestly Zam, you're coming from a wooden desktop surface, which most serious gamers wouldn't use. The fact is there are many pads that offer good optical tracking, be they cheap or elaborate. I have an old Allsop rubber backed cloth pad that has a pretty slick surface and a good print for optical tracking. What's more, in games that are poorly ported I don't have to worry about picking up the mouse repeatedly and slapping it down to turn around, the padding is great. I have also read as mentioned that those plastic pads can warp, and are often warped out of the box. I also tend to think that though plastic pads often start out feeling slicker, they are likely going to wear the Teflon pads on the mouse faster merely because it's a hard surface.

Bottom line, looks cool, but looks can be deceiving. ;)




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#5 10 years ago

It's not plastic. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I know about the warping issue. All the reviews I've read for this thing say they've had no trouble with warping, after months of solid use. The few negative reviews I've read only complain about the size, which they consider a bit small, but it's just fine to me.

I didn't buy it for the looks, I bought it because damn near every review (professional and customer reviews) say that it's a good quality hard mouse pad, especially for optical/laser mice.

And I've used cloth pads before, but it's way too much friction for my tastes. And I've used Allsop as well, easily the best cloth pad I've ever used. =p




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#6 10 years ago
Zamamee;4801628It's not plastic. I'm not sure exactly what it is...

Well technically no, it's not. After some quick checking I found it's an Acrylic base with a PVC mouse surface. It has no rubber padding like a cloth pad and like I said, a much harder surface that will likely wear the Teflon glide pads of the mouse quicker.

A lot of the expense of the pad is just the LED lighting. Now being Acrylic, it may not warp like the polyurethane or polymer pads some make, but the other points are valid I think.

But hey, it does look cool and you can always get replacement Teflon pads for your mouse if needed. I still maintain that it's nice to have a padded pad though.




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#7 10 years ago
>Omen<;4801632Well technically no, it's not. After some quick checking I found it's an Acrylic base with a PVC mouse surface. It has no rubber padding like a cloth pad and like I said, a much harder surface that will likely wear the Teflon glide pads of the mouse quicker.

Hmm. None of the reviews mentioned that. Ah well, the G9 pads are pretty thick, and worst case, Logitech offers cheap DIY replacement pads.

A lot of the expense of the pad is just the LED lighting. Now being Acrylic, it may not warp like the polyurethane or polymer pads some make, but the other points are valid I think.

That's what I thought at first, but after shopping around a bit, there wasn't too much price difference between this and other models, which have one or two more inches of surface instead of lights.

But hey, it does look cool and you can always get replacement Teflon pads for your mouse if needed. I still maintain that it's nice to have a padded pad though.

Exactly. I prefer the frictionless acrylic surface, and the reason I bought a mouse with Teflon pads is to reduce friction. A cloth pad completely counteracts that, and I'd rather have zero friction and wear my pads down over two years than have too much friction with neverending pad life.




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#8 10 years ago

The free cloth/foam mousepads from Linksys and ATI that I got at Quakecon are doing great for me :D




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#9 10 years ago

Glad to hear it. They worked just fine for me for years, but with a real high-performance mouse, I figured it was time to up the ante a little bit.

And I trust Thermaltake to not destroy my mouse too soon. =p




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#10 10 years ago

Just wait until its 9months later and the surface goes dull from the pads(on the mouse)eating away at the surface of the mousepad.