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I am thoroughly disappointed with my current setup of a G9x and a SteelSeries QcK. I see all of these mouse reviews with people drawing straight lines in Paint, and I can't do anything that even resembles a straight line. It's amazingly difficult to be accurate in games. I've tried with and without the Logitech software, different DPI settings, using my desk with no mousepad; everything sucks.

The mousepad seems the likely culprit, with the G9x not being good on cloth pads, but it did no better on a hard desk surface. Would a hard mousepad fair any better? And if so, any recommendations? 10" width is my limit - I've been looking at the 4HD.

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If its not because you have an extremely high dpi and sensitivity(and therefore can't control it) then sure a hardpad like the 4hd would fix your problem
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I can't even get a straight line at 400 DPI, going as slow as humanly possible.

Should I mess with any of these SetPoint settings? Report/Polling Rate, Vertical and Horizontal Speeds, Angle Snapping, Speed, Acceleration, etc.

Lastly, any recommendations aside from the 4HD? Looks fine to me, but if I can save a few bucks getting something else, I'd prefer that.

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See comparison in attached zip (view at zoom 100%). It's for SS Xai (same sensor as G9x) on 3 mousepads. 2 of them are soft and last one is cheap plastic one. Results speak for themselves .
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Well then I suppose that settles it.

Grabbed a SteelSeries 4HD for $20. The Razer Sphex was $5 cheaper, but it's a bit too wide and there seems to be problems with the adhesive backing.

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Originally Posted by PiERiT View Post
I can't even get a straight line at 400 DPI, going as slow as humanly possible.

Should I mess with any of these SetPoint settings? Report/Polling Rate, Vertical and Horizontal Speeds, Angle Snapping, Speed, Acceleration, etc.
It sounds like your settings are messed up, I doubt it has anything to do with your pad.

The best thing about a hard, smooth pad is the reduced friction so you can move fast, which helps with the heavy g9x. I used a rocketfish pad from bestbuy with a g9x and that works just fine. I recently picked up a x-trac ripper and the friction is HUGE compared to the hard pad.
Edited by Ritorix - 7/27/11 at 7:58am
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No, the Avago 9500 laser sensor needs a hardpad to track well. Cloth pads are the worst for laser sensor due to easy dust collection and stuff. If you have a laser mouse, you need a hard pad.
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post #8 of 12
I got a soft pad for some optical mice I have but tried the g9x on it. Definitely worse than the hard pad. But it still sounds like the OP has snapping or accel or something wrong turned on, 400dpi should not be that inaccurate on even a bad surface.
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You might not have a steady hand. Though, I love my Razer eXactMat.
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It sounds like your settings are messed up, I doubt it has anything to do with your pad.
I dunno. I left most everything at default at first, then played with some sliders and checkboxes. Nothing seemed to make a difference.

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I got a soft pad for some optical mice I have but tried the g9x on it. Definitely worse than the hard pad. But it still sounds like the OP has snapping or accel or something wrong turned on, 400dpi should not be that inaccurate on even a bad surface.
I may have worded it poorly. I can get a mostly straight line at 400dpi, but it still diverts a pixel or two in either direction every now and again. Maybe that's normal? 1600dpi is where it's impossible.

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You might not have a steady hand. Though, I love my Razer eXactMat.
Possibly. And, eXactMat is what a bunch of people told me to get, but I couldn't find it for sale anywhere.

Regardless, 4HD should be here Monday. I'll see if that helps matters.
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