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3dfx
30th July 2004, 08:05
I'm looking for some recommendations for a new mouse mat and it must be suited to gaming as I play a lot of CS :) I currently use a bog standard spongy mouse mat which cost me a few pounds. I have heard many things about these func pads. The mouse I use is either an MS wheel mouse optical or an Mx500.

So basically my criteria for a new mouse mat would be something that is a good size, is suited for optical mice and gaming.

I tried the Everglide giganta mat but couldn't get use to the unusual shape and small surface area.

dZeus
30th July 2004, 08:30
Everglide sucks.. I had a giganta myself and I really hate that thing.

get the Surface 1030 by Func Industries. It's a gift from heaven to gamers (or something like that).

Greebe
30th July 2004, 08:36
Xtrac mouse pads...

http://www.xtracpads.com/products.htm

http://www.dansdata.com/quickshot006.htm

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-114-176&depa=0

Dealers: http://www.xtracpads.com/resellers.htm

Jon P. Inghram
30th July 2004, 08:38
Had a Ratpad, but after extensive use (played CS also) the ultraslick texture wore off and it became more sticky than a worn out wet-suit style pad.

Greebe
30th July 2004, 09:23
Originally posted by Jon P. Inghram
Had a Ratpad, but after extensive use (played CS also) the ultraslick texture wore off and it became more sticky than a worn out wet-suit style pad.

That's what you use Armour All for

az
30th July 2004, 09:25
I recommend one of the thin, floppy everglide pads. I'm not a fan of hard pads, and I don't know if the floppy everglides are still made, or if they have a real name, but they are FAST! (The optica is really poor, though!) If my Dual Optical wouldn't have tracking problems on them (MX-generation and Microsoft mice are fine, IIRC), I would use those pads.

Oh, and get some mouse skatez.

AZ

Jammrock
30th July 2004, 10:27
3M Precise Mouse surfaces are great. Not expensive either.

http://products3.3m.com/catalog/us/en001/office/computer_workstation/node_139N51WRFBbe/root_GST1T4S9TCgv/vroot_GSVFQG1Y9Fge/gvel_HSRJLSZPNSgl/theme_us_computerworkstation_3_0/command_AbcPageHandler/output_html

GuchiGuh
30th July 2004, 10:45
as crazy as it may sound....use a trackball.
Those things are so awesome, I am using my old one again :)

I am using one similar to this:
http://okazinfo.free.fr/bricbrac/trackball.jpg

that one uses thumb ...other ones my MS use the index finger, not so sure how that is!


once you get into them, RTS, FPS games are a joy to play. Best of all, no need for space or a mouse pad. Accurate as a stilleto as well!

dZeus
30th July 2004, 11:09
lol. Trackballs may be comfortable to use, they're not fast enough for most fps games.

Technoid
30th July 2004, 11:13
Also using a Func surface 1030, best mousepad ever :D

Ribbit
30th July 2004, 11:15
You might try an Elecom ultra-thin PET mouse mat: http://www.elecom.eu.com/products/Mouse_Pads/index.html (2nd from the bottom). Absolutely fantastic - if your mouse likes it, that is. £5 or so from your local PC World. They do some nice laptop sleeves too.

I got an indigo one. My Logitech Mouseman Optical had issues with it, but when it worked it was the best that mouse has ever felt. My Mouseman Traveller wouldn't track AT ALL on it - neither would my sister's little Belkin. I tried someone's MX700 on it - that had no problems. I ended up giving it to my friend who has an Intellimouse Explorer, and he says it works great. (All these mice were optical.)

PS - How did you get a Parhelia AND a 9700 into your rig? :p

ayoub_ibrahim
30th July 2004, 11:54
hehe, got my mouse mat from office world.
horrible beach scene but it feels great with my optical mouse. costed me £3-99!

schmosef
30th July 2004, 12:46
sometimes, form precedes function...

isochar
30th July 2004, 13:05
Originally posted by Technoid
Also using a Func surface 1030, best mousepad ever :D

ditto. I have a brand new spare just in case they stop producing again.

3dfx
30th July 2004, 13:09
I'm really starting to be one over by the Func 1030. A few friends had also recommended this pad.

I think I might give it a try guys :)

Thanks for all the replies .. I'm off to do my research :p

GuchiGuh
30th July 2004, 19:50
Originally posted by dZeus
lol. Trackballs may be comfortable to use, they're not fast enough for most fps games.

I duno about you, but i was able to pull of some headshots with this baby when i was into CS :)
but you are right, mouse is somewhat easier~
but i prefer trackball when playing RTS games, like starcraft/warcraft

Elie
30th July 2004, 22:25
I don't even use a mouse pad, i have my optical mouse sitting directly on my desk and it's perfect.