Evercool Booster Cool Wrist Pad ReviewPropane - January 19, 2010
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As the specifications indicate, the target audience for the Evercool Booster is gamers, so to test it I will be using it while playing Dragon Age: Origins and Counter-Strike. I will also use it for some day-to-day operation to see if it helps at all with less intense activities. This will just be based on subjective opinions and what I personally noticed, as there is no measure I can take to test the Booster's performance. I will be using the Saitek GM3200 gaming mouse with this review.
At first, I thought it would be good to have fans cooling off my hand as I played through some of my favorite games. However, the woes started as soon as I set up the Booster. The first thing I noticed was that it took up a significant part of my moderately sized 'mousing' area. As everyone who has played a game knows, 'mousing' area can be the difference between fragging and getting fragged, so this was a noticeable downer before even beginning to use it. The next thing that I noticed was that the device wasn't really comfortable. It felt like I had something holding my wrist in place. This led to the third problem, which was that my wrist was basically pinned down so the only movement I could do to the mouse was the little bit I could do by shifting my wrist. For some gamers, this isn't a huge problem, but for gamers like me that like to slide their mouse all over the place, it significantly hindered my ability to play. All in all, it was a very negative experience - one which I will not be repeating.
The woes from gaming mostly translated over to the general computer use as well, although the wrist pinning problem was not as evident, due to the Booster gripping my wrist very close to my hand. However, there was a new issue that presented itself, which was that going between using the keyboard and using the mouse, meant I had to make sure to drop my wrist in the exact correct spot to avoid landing on top of one of the fans. Also, a high pitched fan noise was noticeable as I no longer had gaming headphones blaring gunshots to cover up the fan noise. Again, this was not a very good experience.