Originally Posted by zhook
There was a post I saw by a Mad Catz representative explaining that the laser doesn't see color as you do, what they see is more texture, and reflectiveness of a surface, i.e. glossy vs non glossy.
So a mouse might track well on one flat black pad and not another.
My deathadder tracks fine on my mousepad that is black with a print on it that's grey, red and white. It may not be complex enough to throw it off, or it's just that the pattern has similar properties to the rest of the surface, my Rat7 also tracked fine over the image and PTE are known for hating just about every surface.
Originally Posted by MrFerrari
That might be very true. My Zowie AM could not track on my black clothmat after I've installed Artisans thick skatez, but on the silver Razer Scarab there was no tracking problems at all.
When I talk about colors I don't mean that the sensor picks up the actual color. The way each color reflects light can be different on cloth pads. I have a black hard mat and the lift off is much lower than a black cloth. Hence why I state "black cloth" and not just the color black.
The Talent pads are cloth so only the properties of cloth should be mentioned.
The performance of a Deathadder is much less effected by patterns than a Zowie, but it is still technically not performing optimally. It is much less noticeable when the mouse transitions to another color or surface type. Trade off for that is higher LOD. The Deathadder doesn't seem to jitter because of the patterns/color. More like it has a brief drop of CPI and then it appears to recover.