Originally Posted by Oeshon
I thought black mouse pads lowered the LOD. I know a few people on esr are using red mouse pads with their Zowie FK's to increase the mouse LOD.
From my limited testing. Using the standard Avago lens on a red mouse pad lowers LOD. Using the Kingsis lens on a red mouse pad increases LOD.The following is from my understanding of the information.
The diameter and focal length are different between these two lenses. The Avago lens doesn't magnify whereas the Kingsis lens does. When you magnify the image becomes darker, thus decreasing LOD, response and frame-rates. When you raise or lower the sensor this is doing the same thing as a lens does, meaning it zooms in or out, which increases or decreases resolution/CPI. This is why the CPI is even higher than what Zowie claims, as "their" sensor is lower than suggested, they don't take this into account. Zowie isn't false advertising, they are just (using the word lightly) ignorant about this.
Changing the mouse pad color changes the way light is used by the sensor. The 3090 sensor is designed for 600-700nm, which is orange to red. Most mice use red or infra-red LEDs. You get better response and frame-rates using a mouse pad that reflects this wavelength.
I could go into more detail, but it starts to go into other topics.
If you like black mouse pads for aesthetics at least you know it is for that. It seems like mouse pad manufactures don't understand (or care) that a type of surface and it's color means a lot. To them it's more about having billboards/adverts that gamers place on their table. Most people don't mind that fact.Edited by popups - 8/18/13 at 4:18pm