The Ultimate Mousepad?

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Looking to buy a rather nice mousepad.

    Some may think a fancy mousepad is no
    big deal -- but I do know there are pads
    out there that cost upwards of $20-$30
    just because, well, they really add
    extra smoothness to mouse movement.

    I currently own the Logitech MX900
    optical mouse. The mousepad that I
    run it across is your typical crappy
    generic mousepad.

    I remember MaximumPC magazine
    highly touted what they thought was the
    "ultimate mousepad" which was being sold
    exclusively on the Internet. Unfortnately,
    the company is no longer in business (guess
    people aren't into expensive mousepads).

    I am *guessing* that spending a little
    $$$ to buy something of quality will improve
    the way one's mouse rolls across their desktop.

    So....

    Anyone have something that they are using
    that they feel is a cut above everything else?

    For instance, here's something I found


    ....and please, if you think its ridiculous
    that I even think about buying something too
    expensive to roll my mouse across, let me know.

    Thanks
     
  2. DaveF

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    I had a 3M precision mousing surface for a while and really liked it. It was all the rage about 5 years ago, having some sort of microscopic, pyramidal surface structure. It was noticably smoother with my mechanical mouse, and good for games.

    Of course, keeping the pads on your mouse clean will help keep your mousing experience optimal. [​IMG]
     
  3. Chris Bardon

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    I'm not sure if it's ridiculous or not, but if you think you see an improvement, then go for it. Personally, I gave up on mouse pads when I moved from mechanical to optical, but then again I also use a logitech trackball at home (and an optical mouse straight on the desk at work).

    Of course, if you're interested in something with some "wrist support", then there's always this option [​IMG]
     
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    This pad by Func Industries look good as it has a large surfice and is priced well at $19.99.
     
  5. Christ Reynolds

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    i'd be a little hesitant to spend more than a few dollars if you use an optical mouse. most "performance" mousepads increase friction between the pad and the mouse ball by using a surface that grips better than a normal pad. i doubt you would get any performance gain at all when using an optical mouse, unless you are using it on a surface that is giving you problems (such as a bumpy or dirty surface). if you did buy one of those pads, it certainly would work well, but probably no better than what you have now.

    CJ
     
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    Christ,

    That sounds like exceptional advice.

    Perhaps I'll put off wasting my $$$

    Thank You.
     
  7. Mike Fassler

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    I highly recommend the Func surface 1030 mousepad. its the best out there. dual sided mouse cord clip etc. ive had mine for about 4 years now and im a hardcore gamer and have yet too wear it out.

    www.func.net
     
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    Actually performance mouse pads for optical mice can be any pad with a design on them. The design makes it so the optical part has more information to read making it easier for the mouse to track accurately. Think of it this way, if you have an all black page to look at and you zoom in so one square inch is filling your screen trying to figure out where you are on that black page it becomes difficult. If you zoom into one square inch of a picture tracking where you are on that picture is easy. In short a pad with a design makes it easier and more accurate for the mouse to track.
     
  9. Ted Lee

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    my mx700 is on some cheapo pad i (think) i got for free. my work mouse is a ms optical that i roll directly on the desk. no probs with either one.

    i find i can do more "fine-tuning" just using the os software.

    admittedly though, i have no experience with all this fancy-schmany stuff ... mebbe it does work. heck, worst case scenario is you buy it from somewhere that you can easily return it.
     

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