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Poll Results: Have you ever owned a metal mouse pad?

 
  • 17% (10)
    Yes, still do and I love it.
  • 24% (14)
    I tried it, didn't like it.
  • 26% (15)
    I haven't tried one, but I would like to.
  • 15% (9)
    Metal? That's crazy talk. You CRAZY boy! Plastic is where it's at.
  • 15% (9)
    My mouse pad is made of unobtanium. Only the finest for my mouse...
57 Total Votes  
post #21 of 29
A lot of variables, Which is why I didn't buy another metal pad. If I did buy another it could have been a waste of money. To risky.

Yeah, "optical" doesn't mean LED based. Sometimes you have to use certain words for the mases.
Edited by popups - 4/10/13 at 8:48pm
post #22 of 29
Philips Twin Eye Doppler solution actually performs quite nice on aluminium and other certain hard surfacing. Unfortunately, this is another limited technology, but to a greater extent than image correlation optical mice using both VCSEL and LED illumination.

Poor marketing campaign on Razer and whoever else adopted this sensor.
Edited by Skylit - 4/10/13 at 9:15pm
post #23 of 29
Metal mousepads in general aren't as good for gaming, not in my experience anyway. It's very rare you'll find a top tier fps player using a metal mouse pad, cloth helps tighten the aim alot.
post #24 of 29
Quite a bit also use a lower resolution which will contribute to perceptive hand motion.

I find slicker pads to be more viable for higher resolution gameplay, but that's just my take on things.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by PhilippeLemay View Post

Yes, that's precisely the kind of anecdotal tid-bits I was looking for. Thanks!
Huh, really? I thought that the cloth mousepad was a holdover from the days or rolling-ball mouses, that the laser mouse had almost killed them off and only nostalgics held onto them. I remember those old mouse pads would wear out super fast, and in such an annoying way too... you'd get the corners turning like the pages of an old book, and then the foam would start to disintegrate into a fine powder. I take it they use different materials now?

Well yes. Most metal plastic pads will be gone in about a year of use.

If you get a proper cloth mouse pad it can last you for years. My everglide titan has been going strong since god knows when. It's been machine washed a billion times and its perfect.

Also - cloth mouse pads dont loose glide. Or whatever. They just get dirty. Because of this the glide feel will become worse, ie the pad will offer more friction. This is because gunk and oils from your hand (as well as sweat) absorb into the pad. A wash will make the pad brand new.

As for corners going wonky - that's old stuff. Todays mosepads are good for a huge amount of time and dont suffer from this. Just get a branded mousepad (steelseries, razer or whatev)
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post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by popups View Post

The aluminum pad I had didn't allow the optical sensor to perform at its best. A lot of negative acceleration. After awhile the teflon had made its way into the metal and ruined the glide. Never felt like buying another metal pad again.
My mouse has a nifty laser called a "Dark Field", it even works on glass. One of the few perks it has I found was actually worth it. So I imagine even difficult surfaces will work with it.
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Originally Posted by meih View Post

You eventually have to change either the pad or the glides since it's basically two materials rubbing against each other.
By "glides" do you mean the soft surfaces on the mouse? Because I've been using my MX Perform on a rough plastic table top for maybe a year now, and sure the soft cushions thingies are a little scratched but they're intact. That's part of the reason why I was leaning towards a hard mouse pad, I am effectively already using a hard surface for my mouse. Though looking at my poll results... I'll probably buy a soft.

Also, all of the Icemats I could find seem to have 5/5 star reviews (which is good), but they also seem to be discontinued... Same with the "Everglide Titan", it looks like they don't make them anymore. Any other recommendations that would still be available somewhere?
Edited by PhilippeLemay - 4/11/13 at 7:19pm
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post #27 of 29
cloth is the way to go for shizzle
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by PhilippeLemay View Post

My mouse has a nifty laser called a "Dark Field", it even works on glass. One of the few perks it has I found was actually worth it. So I imagine even difficult surfaces will work with it.
By "glides" do you mean the soft surfaces on the mouse? Because I've been using my MX Perform on a rough plastic table top for maybe a year now, and sure the soft cushions thingies are a little scratched but they're intact. That's part of the reason why I was leaning towards a hard mouse pad, I am effectively already using a hard surface for my mouse. Though looking at my poll results... I'll probably buy a soft.

Also, all of the Icemats I could find seem to have 5/5 star reviews (which is good), but they also seem to be discontinued... Same with the "Everglide Titan", it looks like they don't make them anymore. Any other recommendations that would still be available somewhere?

Everglide Titan = Razer Mantis = Razer Goliathus Speed

Steelseries Qck, Qck+

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post #29 of 29
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Sorry for bumping an old thread, but I wanted to come and give a bit of an "I told you so". I don't mean with "attitude" or anything, I've just come to present my findings.



This is why I was wary of non-metallic mouse-pads. I've owned it for about... 3 months now and it's already starting to peel. Is that a normal expected life expectancy for this kind of "high end" mouse pad? Because if it is... shouldn't I just buy the 5 dollar ones they sell at Futureshop?

EDIT:
Oh, lol. I probably should have paid closer attention to the replies I was getting. Meih warned me about exactly this:
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In my experience QcK's glide wears out in three-four months (I'm almost certain that couple of years ago they used to last longer, but I have no proof of this).

Edited by PhilippeLemay - 11/13/13 at 8:18pm
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