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post #1 of 15
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OK, so I bought into the hype surrounding the Puretrak Talent.
I bought two of them at the same time.

After a few weeks of play, I notice that the area the mouse gets used on most frequently is showing signs of wear. Well, not showing, per se, but I definitely felt more friction on that area, compared to the areas where the mouse never gets to.

OK, no problem, I thought to myself. This is exactly why I bought two of them: So I could use the second one while the first one dries after having washed it.

First I washed it in the machine @ the setting you use for wool/hand wash @ 30°C.
Let it dry for 5 days.
Right away I noticed a very big difference in friction between the brand new one and the one that had been washed. Even on the parts where I had not used the mouse, the washed pad displayed significantly more friction.

So I washed it again. This time on a standard setting @ 40°C and very little soap.

I let it dry for a week, to make sure the friction I had experienced from the previous wash wasn't down to it still being slightly damp.

Although friction is now better (less) on the areas where the mouse never went, I still feel quite a big difference on the area where the mouse was used.

My only conclusion is that the Puretrak Talent was worn down in a matter of a few weeks.
I'm hugely disappointed!
When I purchased these two pads, I was certain I'd never have to worry about buying a new mouse pad again (well, not for another 5 years, at least)

Next thing I did was to take an old Zowie G-TF, which was dirty as hell - and had been used for 7-9 months straight, before putting it away - and put it in the washing machine.
I let it dry for two days.

Now here's the kicker: the Zowie G-TF feels completely even in friction all over now, despite me only having used the mouse on the bottom left area...

Now I don't know what to believe or think anymore.
I had heard the Zowie would wear down pretty fast. And I had heard the Talent would basically never wear down. - Yet, I am seemingly experiencing the completely opposite.

I'm absolutely desperate for a soft, low-friction pad that will keep whatever glide it has after I clean it.

I already had burnt my hand on the Artisan Shiden-Kai.
Now I've burnt my hand on the Puretrak Talent(s).

Is there any hope for someone like me, who is searching a soft pad with low friction - who will not compromise when it comes to wear?

Has anyone here used the Zowie G-TF Speed Edition for a longer period of time? How was it after you washed it? Did the different areas of your pad have various levels of friction now?

Yeah, I have an Icemat, which is probably the only pad that will never ever wear down, true.
But I need softness. The Icemat is too hard. Cannot aim properly playing with it. Plus its too small.

I'm desperate for something like the Talent (same size, same friction/glide), but something that will stay consistent over the months.


What say you, fellow perfectionists?
Edited by dontspamme - 11/13/12 at 8:53am
post #2 of 15
i don't think that there is any cloth pad that doesn't wear down.
post #3 of 15
My goliathus (speed), and my mantis (control) before that, have both lasted several years of heavy daily use without significant wear. I hand scrub them with shampoo about once every 6 months, and let them air dry. Putting it in the washing machine is a bad idea.
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Ive been using my Talent for like the last half year and no signs of wearing down yet for me at least. Hmm
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post #5 of 15
Mileage will vary I guess but I have had my Artisan Hein Mid over a year and this thing is as durable as my Honda.
post #6 of 15
I had the same observations with two Puretrak Talents, decent glide at first but they wear quickly and washing them doesn't help.
I can't say that I've used a "durable" cloth pad yet, the black QcK+ is surprisingly the only one that I've used extensively that didn't become inconsistent unlike the Goliathus Speed, QcK+ Fnatic (different weave from normal QcK+), and Talent.
The Hien I'm currently using has been holding up well but I've only had it for about a month so I can't really comment on durability.

Then again, it's subjective.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by jung1e View Post

Ive been using my Talent for like the last half year and no signs of wearing down yet for me at least. Hmm

I'm wondering how you'd know there is no sign of it wearing down?
Do you have a brand new Talent to compare it with?

'Cos if you're just going by the memory of how the pad felt when you first got it, then you might be surprised how different your pad would feel next to a brand new one.

Would be very interesting to hear from people who have an old, used Talent and a brand new one. See if they experience the same as me - or not.
post #8 of 15
it's all subjective. the pad has been around for so long that the 90% of the feedback shows it does stand the test of time but with everything.... varies by person. i have two talents for work and home. work one is around 3 years old and the home one is as of this last year..... work one feels the same as the new one and the work one has been washed probably 4 times now.

i personally feel local water quality has a huge part on how its going to feel afterwards. for example, my brother in law lives in florida and everytime we go to visit him and we wash some cloths they come out rough as hell and the whites have a slight yellow tint to them unless bleached. all this because floridas water is terrible

its a long vid but this guy did a good spiff about his new talent vs an old one. he's a big name rig/overclocker guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c8KYf8DDb4
post #9 of 15
Such is the nature of cloth pads, i think :/
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post #10 of 15
My Razer Goliathus still feels great and almost the same as when I first took it out of the box. I even have an old CompUSA cloth mousepad that's still in good shape despite gaming pretty heavily on it with a heavy MX500. I know there will be a time when I will have to replace the Goliathus but that'll be a while. Same goes for my SteelSeries 5L hybrid pad.

I don't have a need to clean my cloth mats that often. When they do get a cleaning it's usually just a shaking off dust/ crumbs and wiping it down with a really damp sponge or anti-bacterial computer wipes. The weave of the Goliathus speed takes really well to this method of cleaning.
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