C4 NGen Mouse Pad & C4 NGen04 Mouse Pad with 3/4

Propane - 2007-07-19 17:26:20 in Mouse Pad
Category: Mouse Pad
Reviewed by: Propane   
Reviewed on: August 15, 2007
CS Hyde Company
CS Hyde Company
Price: USD 27.94 (All 3 items)

Introduction:

The C4 NGen series of mouse pads integrates an old concept with a new design idea. The old concept is that of Teflon, the slick surface which almost everyone is familiar with, while the new design idea is, of course, applying Teflon to the mouse pad. Three separate items were sent for this review. The C4 NGen, a traditional mouse pad with the Teflon surface and a thin foam backing, as well as the C4 NGen04, which is just the Teflon surface with a non-slip coating on the back. The final product that was sent was a set of 30 "3/4 inch discs" that are also Teflon, which provide a Teflon-on-Teflon connection between the mouse and the mouse pad itself. Will this novel concept skid its way to the top of the pack? Or will it slide down to the bottom?

The CS Hyde company is relativity new and has some cool ideas, most involving the use of Teflon for mousing surfaces. They produce the mouse pads in three different configurations, the two being reviewed here today along with one with a sticky backing. They will also coat any existing mouse pad in their special Teflon top. Finally, they make several different size mouse 'feet'. CS Hyde Company seems like it has a bright future.

 

Closer Look:

NGen:

The NGen is the mouse pad that is coated with Teflon, with the foam bottom. The Teflon is a copper color and is slick to the touch, but the surface is also slightly rough. In addition, the C4 NGen logo is placed in the lower right hand corner in gold writing. The mouse pad that I received, is the 9.5" by 8.5" and it comes in several other sizes including 8.5"x7" and 16"x10"

The packaging is very simple, just a cellophane wrapper with a sticker describing the product.  As can be seen in the side shot, the profile of the mouse pad is about 1/9th of an inch.  The pad is also flexible, but not to the degree the 04 is, as you will see in the following section.

 

 

The mouse pad measures 9.5 inches wide and 8.5 inches long, as can be seen below.

 

 

The NGen logo and website of the company is listed with a gold colored sticker in the bottom right of the pad. The website is very small and hard to see, but is there. The back of the pad is just black foam with no markings.

 

Closer Look:

NGen 04:

The NGen04 is very similar to the regular NGen, except for the bottom foam pad. The 04 is extremely thin and has a non slip coating, which feels very similar to a static cling on the reverse side of the Teflon surface. This particular 04 is 9" by 9" and it comes in several other sizes, including 8.5"x10", 16"x16", 16"x20", 16"x30" and a massive 20"x36".

The packaging is nearly identical to the first NGen, however a different sticker is placed on the cellophane to indicate the correct product. Also, the NGen04 is very easy to warp around, so easy in fact, that I gave up on trying to hold it straight to get a head on picture. As can be seen, it is also very thin, measuring less than 1/16th of an inch.

 

 

The NGen 04 measures 9" by 9" and has the same copper colored Teflon top.

 

 

The back of the pad is made out of a slightly sticky black material which allows the pad to grip the desk very well. The NGen logo and website is again located in the lower right hand corner of the mouse pad in the same gold sticker style.

 

Closer Look:

Teflon 3/4" Mouse Disks:

The 3/4" Disks are, obviously, 3/4" and are very smooth and slick. They come in several different quantities, including 16, 30, and 139. Even the smallest quantity is enough to apply to around 4 mice, while the largest pack could supply a lot of small businesses with feet for all their mice.

 

 

The packaging, again, is very simple. The Disks are wrapped in a small cellophane tube which is easy to open. Also, the Disks can be seen rolled out with the C4 NGen holding it down. The roll is of 30.

 

 

The Disks installed on two different mice, both optical Logitechs. The first mouse is the mouse that the testing was performed with. As seen, the disks cover all high points on the mouse, where contact with the mouse pad could be made.

 

Specifications:

NGen:

 

NGen04:

 

Teflon 3/4" Mouse Disks:

 

Installation:

Teflon 3/4" Mouse Disks:

The installation of the 3/4" Disks is simple, but worth mentioning. The Disks are designed to cover the raised areas on the bottom of the mouse and usually, the manufacturer of the mouse will raise several areas and coat them with their own slick material.  All you have to do with these disks, however, is peel them off the roll and place them on all the raised places on the mouse. Most mice will have about four of these places. The Disks do have a tendency to roll up around themselves when they are peeled off the roll, so some patience and finesse will be helpful with this. With the Disks installed, let's have a look at how everything performed.

Testing:

NGen:

Testing System:

The testing of the NGen went smoothly - no pun intended! I was able to fully test the mouse pad by doing several of my normal day-to-day tasks, which included surfing the Internet, playing games such as World of Warcraft and Counter Strike and doing a few other menial tasks around the desktop. I compared this mouse pad to both my generic ISP provided mouse pad and to the other provided mouse pad, the C4 NGen04. Here I will just talk about my findings but on page 6, you will be able to find a graphical representation of my findings.

My first thoughts when using the C4 NGen were along the lines of "Meh I keep over-shooting everything."  However, after using the mouse pad for a while, I became very pleased with this. I quickly found out the the mouse would now keep traveling, even after I let go of it., which, once corrected for, was very nice. I also had to use less force to get the mouse moving and keep it moving. This provided a pleasant mousing experience and as I continued to use the pad, I was finding that I had better accuracy in my games and on the desktop. The one thing I didn't notice much of a change in, was the on-screen mouse speed. However, the speed of the mouse itself was increased and with that increase in speed, I was able to move from one side of the screen to the other faster than I had before.

As can be seen, the NGen was the highest rated of the three mouse pads, destroying the generic pad but only slightly out performing the NGen04. The rating scale used was 0-100, 0 and 100 being the worst and best respectively.

 

Testing:

NGen04:

Testing System:

The NGen04 was very similar to the NGen. I tested them in the same manner (by playing games and doing regular work) and found pretty much the same results. The mouse was able to slide smoothly across the mouse pad and I was able to have more control than I previously had with my old mouse pad. The only difference performance wise, was that it felt like the mouse was not as easily able to move from one side of the mouse pad to the other, but this was almost not noticeable.

One original thing to mention with this mouse pad, is how well the non-slip surface worked. I have an old desk that is made out of the 'fake wood' that is popular with the inexpensive computer desks today. Once I placed the mouse pad down, it stuck to the desk like a static cling to a window. I have been unsuccessful in all attempts to move the pad without having to pick it up. Also, it is easy to move as all you have to do is pick the pad up, as it doesn't have an adhesive bottom.

The NGen 04 was the second best mouse pad, missing first by 5 points. The only thing it lacked that the NGen had, was the total ease of movement, even though the 04 was far ahead of the generic. The rating scale used was 0-100, 0 and 100 being the worst and best respectively.

 

Testing:

Teflon 3/4" Mouse Disks:

Testing System:

The 3/4" Disks were tested by using my Logitech mouse on the C4 NGen mouse pad, first without the Disks, then with the Disks on the same mouse pad. I can honestly say that there was no difference between the mouse speed, control, or anything else, that I could notice. However, it is worth mentioning that I have a very new mouse and that it still had the manufacturers "feet" intact.  My mouse also came from a major manufacturer that probably put a decent amount of research into their mice feet. If an older mouse or a mouse from a smaller company is owned, then these Disks would probably perform miracles, as the slick Teflon is way better than hitting with a plastic bottom.

As the graphs show, the Disks helped all aspects out in small portions, however the ease of movement of the mouse received the most improvement from the installation of the Disks.

 

Conclusion:

The NGen and NGen04 both are great mouse pads. They make the mouse move with ease and precision. The NGen is nice, as it is a traditional mouse pad that is raised slightly off the desk, but the 04 is also great, especially for people who travel and don't want a full traditional mouse pad to follow them around. Both mouse pads come in huge sizes, worthy for even the best of gamers and photoshoppers. These are awesome mouse pads and are full of potential for everyone who gets one.

The 3/4" Disks might not be the thing for everyone, but if you have an older mouse, then these would be the way to go. They could provide a huge performance boost at a small price, allowing almost everyone to get a little Teflon in their work room.

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