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I've never really been into online gaming, but I've started a little while back with COD4. I'm not terrible at it, nor that great by any means. I've never used anything other than my wooden desktop with my Logitech G5, and have been using and LCD screen as well. I've got a few descent CRT's kicking around, so I was going to make a litte online FPS gaming station, and was wondering if a descent mouse pad is going to make much of a difference. I mean, I don't really seem to notice any tracking issues, but maybe I've been missing out. They have a few different Razer mouse pads at a Future Shop just down the street, should I pick one up if I want to get a little more "serious" about online FPS? What am I looking for in a mat for my G5? Anything in particular?
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I'm using a boogie bug at the moment, it's cloth, the quality is good cant really fault it, some of the razer ones are good too, they have different types, like if you want 'control' or 'speed'

In my honest opinion, a mouse pad is only good if you have a good mouse.. i've used mice that works better without a mousepad.. but with a G5, try the 'control' type of mouse pad from razer. I have a friend who has the same mouse and the mouse pad i mentioned, and he hasnt complained..

I prefer those pads with a cloth rugged finish than a plastic cheap one...

Edit: Oh and yes, it'll make a difference hehe ^_^
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Having a consistent, smooth, non-reflective surface (flat) surface will guarantee youre getting the most out of the mouse.
It doesnt necessarily have to be a mousepad, if the desk has a nice smooth surface and isnt too glossy, it should work well.
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Meh, sounds like it's probably worth the coinage then. I'm going to go see what they have, hopefully I won't have to spend too much. I think the one I glanced at last time I was there (Future Shop) was only $15-20, and I've got to go there for some other things anyway. I'll post here if I notice any big improvements. I'm not expecting anything drastic, but we'll see. My desktop is not exactly razor edge flat by any means, nor overly smooth. Though now that I think of it, my dad did one helluva job crafting this desk. I've been using it as a mousepad for years now, and the finish is still not worn through at all. So it's probably a good idea to grab a mouse pad just to keep my dad's hard work in good, lasting condition. He'd kill me if I had to refinish the top on it.
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A cheap mousepad will do any non-pro gamer well.


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I'm using a cushioned mousepad that you can pick up from Best Buy for like $5
I've had zero tracking issues, it's comfy, and it's CHEAP.
Let's see I was closing in on the top 100 ranked HL2DM players 5 years ago with this mouse pad and I'm holding a solid 2.0KDR in basically all of my games... so it can't be too bad!

Oh BTW I'm using a Logitech G5 as well.

@tombom, agreed. I can hardly tell the difference between a $10 pad and a $40 pad.

My mouse and mousepad are both 5-6 years old, both are doing perfectly fine in all games.
post #7 of 14
Tombom's link is a great choice if you're short on cash. If you want something bigger and better look into PureTrak Talent which is uncontestedly the best cloth mousepad to date $25 + Shipping
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I ended up grabbing the Steelseries QcK actually. StarCraft 2 art on it though, they didn't have any plain black ones. Seems to be a bit better than no pad I suppose, really haven't noticed much difference TBH, but I haven't played any games yet. Also, I tend to wrest the heel of my palm on the desk at times, and that's going to take some readjustment on my part. The heel of my palm won't slide smoothly if I happen to wrest it on the pad and move the mouse. I'll see if it improves my gaming at all I guess.

EDIT - I found a way to use it that suits the strange way I use my mouse. I payed attention a little more carefully, and found the heel of my palm is always resting on the desk surface/mouse pad. With the DPI set to its highest setting (2000 I think), I can get 4 corners of the desktop without moving my palm at all, just using my fingers. Not sure if that's claw grip, or palm, or what. My palm doesn't touch the mouse at all actually. So I just rest palm on the desk surface, right at the edge of QcK, but not on it. Now it works pretty nicely, I must say. Though I'm only using about 15% of it's surface area.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 3/6/11 at 3:40pm
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I have a puretrak talent. And to be honest, not really. The only difference I felt out of the box is that it helps you move your mouse at a constant speed better. But I mean... if you wiped your desk down every week it would be fine as well. Then again it does feel smoother and like it won't wear down your mouse feet as quickly. as a desk would.
Edited by cuad - 3/6/11 at 4:34pm
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Originally Posted by cuad View Post
I have a puretrak talent. And to be honest, not really. The only difference I felt out of the box is that it helps you move your mouse at a constant speed better. But I mean... if you wiped your desk down every week it would be fine as well. Then again it does feel smoother and like it won't wear down your mouse feet as quickly. as a desk would.
I'm getting use to it. And yeah, it might help that I was OCD about clean hands/desk/mouse before this. I literally would wipe the mouse/desk down before a gaming session with rubbing alcohol, and give my hands a good washing. I hate the "sticky" feeling that you get fairly quickly with the G5 if you don't keep it cleam. And surprisingly, my G5 is at least 3 years old now I think, and I'm still on my first set of feet. They seem to be in good enough condition still for another few years actually. Love this mouse, and will buy another one if it ever dies.
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