It seems like I've read all kinds of things when it comes to mousepads with optimal mouse tracking properties. The optic mouse-friendly ones have weird grain patterns that supposedly improve tracking... yet LinusTechTips says those kinds of patterns decrease mouse tracking efficiency and to go with a solid color pad. I myself have a solid black one... can anyone shed some light on this matter? --- "after the show, chris barnes grabbed me by the shirt, it felt like being grabbed by a weak 2-year old" -seth putnam PSN: goatdLck
I used my desktop until I got a custom mousepad for $1. It's mostly black with a Flygon design on it, works great. --- RENAMON!! *weeping* YOU HAVEN'T BENT ANYONE OVER THE SINK AND SHOVED A "CHECK THE STICKY* UP THEIR ASS IN MONTHS!! *curls into ball crying*- Cither3000
It depends on your desktop. Some are a bit slippery and have poor tracking. Mine is wooden, very pleasant to touch and has good enough tracking, so I don't use a pad. Maybe I would if I played shooters seriously.
I have a SteelSeries QCK+ and it is much better than a basic $1 mousepad IMO, but I do play a lot of competitive FPS. --- http://i.imgur.com/J0lvB6S.jpg | http://i.imgur.com/DoHj9yA.jpg | http://youtu.be/YXkx-PSwbG4
I think gaming mousepads are a gimmick. I don't know about the "science" of mousepads but on any mousepad I've ever used I get the same experience; my pointer goes where I want it, when I want it, with no major effort on my part. Back when I still played a fair amount of UT, if I wanted to headshot somebody, I moved my hand and clicked and away went their head. And that was with an oldschool optical Microsoft Intellimouse... no use for high-dpi "gaming" mice OR mousepads at that point. I'm not sure why I'd need to change that formula.
I agree that a lot of it is a cash grab, but some products in particular have a better quality and feel (especially with mousepads) than their cheaper counterpart. --- http://i.imgur.com/J0lvB6S.jpg | http://i.imgur.com/DoHj9yA.jpg | http://youtu.be/YXkx-PSwbG4
-The surface on your desk might not be ideal for your sensor -Most of them make sure that your mousefeet are not worn as fast as when using them on the desk surface -You can have a similar surface everywhere you go -You can typically get a more smooth glide and often better control on a mousepad. -A lot of people just find them comfortable to use.
I am not sure what kind of patters you are talking about. But the color of the mousepad can have an effect on tracking, but it is dependent on the sensor. Some sensors have a lower max perfect tracking speed on multi-colored mousepads. Some sensors have a higher lift off distance on dark vs light mousepads. Don't ask me why or how that happens. But I have experienced both first hand.
When it comes to gaming mousepads, I think some are decent, and some are more of a gimmick. Those really expensive mousepads that basically cost more than most mice, are probably a bit overkill and do not really offer anything extra over other nice mousepads. But there are some decent ones out there as well. I have a steelseries qck heavy, and I got it because of some of the features it has that are not just marketing talk. It is large, and thick which is both comfy and convenient for a low sensitivity gamer. That was the most important thing. Though I also like the surface texture, gives a nice glide but just enough resistance to feel like you can control the mouse well. Though for that you do not need a mousemat that is branded as a gaming mousemat. --- I5 760 | GTX 760 | FILCO Majestouch 2 tenkeyless | Zowie FK | Asus Xonar DGX | Sennheiser HD 518 | Samsung S24A350H