Icemat, Steelpad 4D, & Steelpad 4S Mouse Pad Shootout

Bosco - 2007-02-02 18:52:43 in Mouse Pad
Category: Mouse Pad
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: November 15, 2003
Steelpad & Icemat
Steelpad & Icemat
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Steelpad 4D Mouse Pad
The Steelpad 4D is in a thin cardboard box, but arrived to me (from Denmark no less) in fine condition. The box includes the Steelpad 4D, Padsurfers, Padsurfer instructions, and the mousepad 'feet' - a plastic grid that sits under the mousepad (more on why later).



This mousepad is the thinnest of the lot, with a very low profile (at a mere 1/10").



Its made of plastic, and thus isn't hugely sturdy, but is very durable. More interesting, it isn't solely an optical mousepad. This mousepad has 2 sides to it. One side is for optical mice, and the other for older ball mice. This is accomplished by using a separate 'sticky' pad as the feet, as opposed to having feet already on the mousepad: it has no 'bottom', so where would they go? The sticky pad isn't actually sticky, it just grips the mousepad & your desk (don't ask me how, its some sort of crazy plastic). It doesn't leave any residue and it doesn't damage the mousepad.



The mousepad itself is a lot rougher then I expected (I thought the smooth side was the optical side for a while) but with the Teflon tape, it glides fairly smoothly across the surface.

Testing
Testing for these is probably the most fun testing I've yet to do. No benchmarks, no stress testing - I got to play games! Sweet! Now, the whole point of these tests are to find if I can find improved accuracy, better start/stoppage times, and a smoother, easier-to-handle surface. The games I played were:

I used the same games for each review, and I wasn't shy to test for a long time :)

After extensive gameplay, I didn't notice any particular improvement with the Steelpad 4D. The mouse responsiveness didn't seem to be improved, and the surface of my desk versus the 4D weren't particularly different.

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