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-- Mousepad Round-Up
-- Price: Ranges $5-$20 USD
-- 03.08.2001
-- By: winterstick

   This is going to be a tough review… I mean how do you go about finding a scientific method of testing the mouse pads to find out which one is the best without throwing in your personal bias into the mix?

   Well I sat around a bit thinking about what makes up a superior mousing surface. Here's what I came up with; there needs to be as little friction as possible applied to the bottom of the mouse. It should slide across the surface making your mouse movements more precise, but at the same time applying friction to the mouse ball so that your movements are more accurate.

   To test the friction that the pad exerts on the mouse, I will use an inclined plane using the mouse's weight to pull it down the incline.  The faster the mouse slides down the incline the less the friction the mouse pads has.

   The setup likes something like this:

   To test the amount traction the mouse pad gives the mouse ball is a bit harder.  To do this I will see how far it takes my mouse to travel in millimeters for my courser to go from one side for the screen to the other. I know this isn't the best test but it would effectively display how much traction the mouse pad gives the mouse ball.

   Ok on to the shout out.  Here is the line up: A normal cloth mouse pad (slightly used, ok heavily used but still works), A Matrox Vinyl (hard flexible surface) mouse pad, the infamous HardOCP Ratpadz (I think it should be Ratzpad :P), the Everglide Attack Pad.

   The first up to bat will be the cloth mouse pad.

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