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
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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 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.