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Originally Posted by Pente
I wouldn't be too sure about the red thing honestly, any mat bright single color mat should work as good as that. People say red because optical mice come with red LEDs by standard (because LEDs of other colors weren't bright enough back before and companies simply stuck with what they had) but now there's plenty people swapping the LEDs of their mice.
The big deal is just that a sufficient amount of light needs to be reflected back to the sensor for it to track and less light is reflected the darker the material is - with black being the worst of course.
I haven't heard anyone say their reasoning is because red comes standard
. My reason is because of what I felt and seen.
The only LEDs I have seen used are red-orange, red and infrared. Red has the best ability to penetrate through the polycarbonate used for the lens, infrared even more so. These wavelengths are better at being directed through the lens.
Black isn't necessarily a color. As a pigment it is considered as such. Black absorbs light, that is why it is black. An object is a certain color because it reflects that wavelength of light. So if I have a red LED wouldn't it make sense to use a mouse pad that is designed with that pigment? Keep in mind a white pigment reflects all wavelengths.Edited by popups - 7/14/13 at 11:19am