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post #1 of 12
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Hey all!

I am getting a Razer Ouroboros for the holidays and I'm looking for a new mousepad. I was having some tracking issues on hard pads with my R.A.T. 7 so I had to get a huge thick cloth pad (G.L.I.D.E. 7). I'm not a big fan but it's kind of helping my tracking issues so I stuck wth it.

What I'm looking for is a good mousepad, not too big (my keyboard is currently half on/half off my current pad)
I want a hard (aluminum or glass) mousepad.
I would prefer smooth but if you know of a great hard mousepad that's more textured, by all means suggest it
I'd like to keep it under $40, preferably in the $30-35 range.

Thanks
post #2 of 12
Ouroboros uses Avago 9800 and should track well on most hard pads... including glass (Icemat type) and aluminum.
post #3 of 12
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ok, are there any specific pads you think are good?

I was looking at the razer scarab, invicta, the steelseries experience I-2 (cant find it available anywhere), S&S (also always out of stock it seems).

Any other pads anyone would suggest?
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ok, are there any specific pads you think are good?
I was looking at the razer scarab, invicta, the steelseries experience I-2 (cant find it available anywhere), S&S (also always out of stock it seems).
Any other pads anyone would suggest?

I don't think there is any glass pad still in production (other than those sold on taobao).

A few new aluminum pads are coming out, like Razer's Invicta (coated) and Mionix's Ensis 320 (coated) and Ensis Luna (uncoated, hairline brush).
post #5 of 12
It is fairly hard to go wrong with hard pads. I liked the cheap rocketfish one at best buy as much as 50 dollar ones from razer and ss. Thouggh sine are harder on mousefeet than others mouse mats come down to personal preference in most cases.
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WHAAAAT? They don't produce the I-2 anymore? ohno-smiley.gif

I should definitely start looking around for another one in case I drop mine or something. One of the best pads for sure and undoubtedly the most consistent and longest lasting. It's likely this works against the marketing strategies of any mousepad producer, as usually they make more money on people buying their crappy pads that need regular replacement.

This is the max. lifetime expectancy of 1000h for light bulbs from almost a 100 years ago all over again. mad.gif
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Originally Posted by MONVMENTVM View Post

WHAAAAT? They don't produce the I-2 anymore? ohno-smiley.gif
I should definitely start looking around for another one in case I drop mine or something. One of the best pads for sure and undoubtedly the most consistent and longest lasting. It's likely this works against the marketing strategies of any mousepad producer, as usually they make more money on people buying their crappy pads that need regular replacement.
This is the max. lifetime expectancy of 1000h for light bulbs from almost a 100 years ago all over again. mad.gif

You didn't expect them to produce the pads forever, did you? wink.gif

Afaik it's taking longer than desired for some SS products to go out of stock, which makes it a bit harder to push newer products as they don't get the (expected) revenue from those last units, and they won't get the money if they bring new, shinier products, as people will be attracted to the newest stuff.

Same thing may start happening to Razer soon (too many new models on the market, they'll suffer to empty stock of the less liked ones), opposite to other companies who grow more steadily like Zowie or CM Storm.

About lightbulbs and cheaper parts :

People always liked something that worked and was cheap. If they are to choose between price and performance, most will choose price. Same as with lightbulbs, if they told you you could get a lightbulb that lasts for 20 years for 20€, maybe you would get it over that cheap one that lasts 1 year for 0,20€, but the price difference is not justified plus there's the same chance of breaking the expensive one as to breaking the cheap one by accident (specially if you have a Wii, that thing IS dangerous wink.gif). So which one shall you get again? wink.gif

When thinking about mousepads, it's a peripheral for a peripheral, and will yeld, tops, a limited amount of improvement on performance, so most people finds ridiculous to spend more than 20€/$ for one. Not to say that with the current state of the market, nothing guarantees that an expensive mousepad will improve your experience (for example, I got a Scarab, and all my optical mice skip on it), and considering to invest, a failure worth 20€ doesn't hurt as much as one worth 60€.

Then again, it's only my couple of cents, spilled while eating, as this seems the only time I have free during the day smile.gif

PS : @OP : you might want to check the newest Razer hardpads if you're looking for aluminium pads, or those already recommended.

I would also suggest to look at hard plastic pads if you're intending to buy a new one every ~6 months, such as SS 9HD, Zowie Swift, Razer Destructor and such.
Edited by DeMS - 12/8/12 at 5:31am
post #8 of 12

Khan Rapid Pad is probably the best mouse pad to date.

 

Too bad it is not sold in USA.

post #9 of 12
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You didn't expect them to produce the pads forever, did you? wink.gif
Afaik it's taking longer than desired for some SS products to go out of stock, which makes it a bit harder to push newer products as they don't get the (expected) revenue from those last units, and they won't get the money if they bring new, shinier products, as people will be attracted to the newest stuff.
Same thing may start happening to Razer soon (too many new models on the market, they'll suffer to empty stock of the less liked ones), opposite to other companies who grow more steadily like Zowie or CM Storm.
About lightbulbs and cheaper parts :
People always liked something that worked and was cheap. If they are to choose between price and performance, most will choose price. Same as with lightbulbs, if they told you you could get a lightbulb that lasts for 20 years for 20€, maybe you would get it over that cheap one that lasts 1 year for 0,20€, but the price difference is not justified plus there's the same chance of breaking the expensive one as to breaking the cheap one by accident (specially if you have a Wii, that thing IS dangerous wink.gif). So which one shall you get again? wink.gif
When thinking about mousepads, it's a peripheral for a peripheral, and will yeld, tops, a limited amount of improvement on performance, so most people finds ridiculous to spend more than 20€/$ for one. Not to say that with the current state of the market, nothing guarantees that an expensive mousepad will improve your experience (for example, I got a Scarab, and all my optical mice skip on it), and considering to invest, a failure worth 20€ doesn't hurt as much as one worth 60€.
Then again, it's only my couple of cents, spilled while eating, as this seems the only time I have free during the day smile.gif
PS : @OP : you might want to check the newest Razer hardpads if you're looking for aluminium pads, or those already recommended.
I would also suggest to look at hard plastic pads if you're intending to buy a new one every ~6 months, such as SS 9HD, Zowie Swift, Razer Destructor and such.

I totally get what you mean there and I agree with it. It's just not exactly what I meant above. It's not that having light bulbs that last longer would be awesome and people would have to pay more for it. It is that the light bulbs that were sold at first a 100 years ago lasted far longer than 1000h. But the companies got together and in order to increase their sales, they decided to make the bulbs last only 1000h. So they had to test and develop them in a way to break earlier and the companies even had to pay penalties if certain tested batches reached over a maximum allowed limit of hours, because this could give them an "unfair" advantage on the market. Now think about it: even if you reduce their life expectancy from 2000 to 1000h, it would double the sales in the long run, producing twice the amount of money.

The same seems to have happened with all the glass pads somehow. Why would they keep producing mouse pads that lasted like forever, when they could simply sell only pads that you have to replace all couple of months. Their sales would shrink if everyone would buy a pad that lasted forever. I remember buying sooo many pads earlier in my life and when I put it all together what they all cost when one alone is more than 30 bucks... it's sick. Then I bought an I-2 and it's on my desk for years now, still being as smooth as the day I got it.
Edited by MONVMENTVM - 12/8/12 at 6:55am
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by DeMS View Post

PS : @OP : you might want to check the newest Razer hardpads if you're looking for aluminium pads, or those already recommended.
I would also suggest to look at hard plastic pads if you're intending to buy a new one every ~6 months, such as SS 9HD, Zowie Swift, Razer Destructor and such.

Yeah I definitely want something to last.
Ok so right now my top choices are the Mionix Ensis or the Razer Scarab, but I would love to find an Experience I-2 for sale somewhere because it looks awesome.
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