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Actually, I looked again and noticed the 'black layer' was closer to the bottom than the top. So I tried to see if the mouse worked on the underside of the desk and it did! If I was ten times crazier or richer I'd consider cutting a piece out of my desk or buy another similar one or something...

You could buy a glass kitchen cutting board and stick a paper on the bottom.
Something like this http://www.amazon.de/Testrut-Schneidbrett-Glas-38x28cm-klar/dp/B002AF11L0
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As long as you have good enough mouse feet, the I-2 will likely be the smoothest pad with the highest durability and best tracking qualities. It can be a PITA though because it is so smooth that any dust/dirt/hair/whatever that gets on the surface can really ruin that feel, so find it requires frequent cleanings

The good news in that regard is that it is very easy to clean, as it is just glass I often just take it right to the sink and hit it with some dish cleaner and give it a good scrubbing with either just my hand or a soft cloth/sponge and it comes out like new.

Heck, I actually still have an original Icemat branded I-2 and it still looks brand new to this day after a fresh cleaning.

The bad news is that you're likely to need to replace your mouse feet more often, because if the pad isn't wearing down, its going to be the mouse feet tongue.gif

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I would actually advise against the razer ironclad and here's the reason why:
http://www.overclock.net/t/968093/razer-ironclad-fail
Apparently the pads had some previous issues with moisture/sweat. If you want to drop a lot of money on a hard pad that's very smooth I would suggest going for the steelseries sx. I've owned it for a year and a half, and I can tell you it is extremely nice.

I was under the impression that the SX had been discontinued, and I wouldn't find that to be surprising as IIRC the SX has pretty subpar tracking qualities. It was certainly good enough for my middling to high sensitivity (at least relative to other pro gamers), but for any truly low sensitivity it left a lot to be desired.


I have yet to test the Ironclad but I should be getting one sent to me soon for testing, I'm wary of recommending it just because I've heard so many horror stories of the coating's durability (or lack thereof) including experience from a close friend, so I know its not just some blown out of proportion anti-razer hate trend. Maybe Razer has fixed the issue with newer batches? I really wouldn't know...
Edited by bojinglebells - 6/16/12 at 2:06pm
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post #13 of 29
When you define smoothest you mean basically the fastest/quickest pad?

I'll suggest the Zowie Gear G-TF Speed, its rough, but its very very must-have IMO if your looking for one of the fastest pads ever.
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I would actually advise against the razer ironclad and here's the reason why:
http://www.overclock.net/t/968093/razer-ironclad-fail
Apparently the pads had some previous issues with moisture/sweat. If you want to drop a lot of money on a hard pad that's very smooth I would suggest going for the steelseries sx. I've owned it for a year and a half, and I can tell you it is extremely nice.

Wow thats pretty bad.

Must have been a previous problem because mines amazing. Would be pretty hard not to notice something liek that and I've cleaned mine with windex and other chemical based cleaners.
    
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Shiden?
post #16 of 29
If you want a traditional pad.. probably the Goliathus Speed.
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You could buy a glass kitchen cutting board and stick a paper on the bottom.
Something like this http://www.amazon.de/Testrut-Schneidbrett-Glas-38x28cm-klar/dp/B002AF11L0
Maybe it'll work, but I'd rather something properly manufactured or I'll probably get tracking issues or something frown.gif.
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells View Post

As long as you have good enough mouse feet, the I-2 will likely be the smoothest pad with the highest durability and best tracking qualities. It can be a PITA though because it is so smooth that any dust/dirt/hair/whatever that gets on the surface can really ruin that feel, so find it requires frequent cleanings
The good news in that regard is that it is very easy to clean, as it is just glass I often just take it right to the sink and hit it with some dish cleaner and give it a good scrubbing with either just my hand or a soft cloth/sponge and it comes out like new.
Heck, I actually still have an original Icemat branded I-2 and it still looks brand new to this day after a fresh cleaning.
The bad news is that you're likely to need to replace your mouse feet more often, because if the pad isn't wearing down, its going to be the mouse feet tongue.gif
Are you suggesting the I2 I tried was dirty? Because it definitely wasn't as smooth as I wanted it to be. I'll try to test my friends I2 again and make sure it's clean if that's the case.
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When you define smoothest you mean basically the fastest/quickest pad?
I'll suggest the Zowie Gear G-TF Speed, its rough, but its very very must-have IMO if your looking for one of the fastest pads ever.
I'm a bit confused when it comes to friction/smooth-ness and speed. My desk, which I want my mouse pad to feel like, basically feels like a window, when I move my mouse on it, it feels like I have very little resistance to my motion and the it makes minimal noise.
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Shiden?
I'm using a Shiden Kai right now which is meant to be faster.
post #18 of 29
I use a Razer Scarab with my CM Sentinel Advance. I've also used it with R.A.T. 7. Smooth and quiet.
post #19 of 29
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the QcK steelseries cloth mousepads yet! The first time I put my DeathAdder on it, I was actually *scared* b/c it felt so unnaturally smooth.

I even spilled wine on it a few years ago, and it washed right out w/ water and soap.
    
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Are you suggesting the I2 I tried was dirty? Because it definitely wasn't as smooth as I wanted it to be. I'll try to test my friends I2 again and make sure it's clean if that's the case.

I guess I am, although tbh I do own an icemat branded I-2, so I suppose its possible manufacturing process has changed, although I think that unlikely

basically if you have good/healthy feet on your mouse and the I-2 is clean, its pretty much the smoothest pad I've ever used out of:

Destructor
SX (SX is mostly on par with I2)
QcK/QcK+
Goliathus Speed

but yeah, any spec of dirt on the surface of the mat or even on the feet of the mouse could result in a pretty drastic change of feel
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