-- Price: Ranges $5-$20 USD
-- 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
First Test >