The Gamer's Pad: What's your choice for optimum mousing?

Matt Barton's picture

XT-R Pad: The Maximum Pad for Your MouseXT-R Pad: The Maximum Pad for Your MouseI was reading this review on QPAD's XT-R "gamer's mousepad" and got to wondering about mouse pads in general. What's your preferred mousing surface? I know plenty of folks with high-end mice who seem quite content to go padless (geez, that sounds funny!), or at best the cheapest aquarium printed one they can find at Wal-Mart. Others insist on pads with gel wrist rests, whereas I own a FlexiGlow just because my wife thought it matched my Saitek gamer's keyboard. However, there does seem to be a niche market for innovative mouse pads. Some of the most popular ones are the aforementioned QPAD line, but there are also sleek models from Steel Pad and Ice Mat. Some of these pads ($40, anyone?) are as much as a mouse!

While I agree that a good mousing surface is important, I can't see spending more than $15 for one. Maybe I'm just missing out, though. Ostensibly, my laser mouse would probably function just fine on my desk surface. Does anyone still use a wheel? What are your thoughts?


Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
I'm a thumb trackball man

I'm a thumb trackball man myself:,CRID=2150,CONTE...

I use that and natural keyboards exclusively, except when I have to use my laptop keyboard without access to a natural one (which is still rare).

I rarely play high-end games. For those instances where only a mouse will do, I do have a wireless Microsoft optical mouse to go with the keyboard. I would just use straight on the desk though...

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Mouse Selection

I used to use a trackball but I kept losing in FPS games online so I switched to a Logitech optical mouse and a "Brite Mat" mouse pad manufactured out of the UK. It has a slick surface and responds well. The trackball now seems slow and inacurate when I use it on the wife's PC.


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