Ozone TRACE ReviewBluePanda - August 2, 2011
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To properly test the Ozone TRACE, I will be considering three explicit details: precision, speed, and control. To test the precision of the pad, I will use a combination of the Photoshop photo editing software and Borderlands videogame to see changes in my accuracy – this will be calculated by the number of corrections required for the former and the number of head shots in the latter. I will rate speed based on how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. To measure control, I will test the smoothness in the ability to track my targets.
After constantly using it for a week or so, I feel that I have a good idea as to whether this pad is around to stay, or whether you may want to continue using your old, beat-up desk surface instead.
- Monitor: ASUS 19” 5ms Widescreen LCD (1680 x 1050)
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: MSI 790XT-G45
- Memory: 8 GB DDR2 Wintec AmpX @ 800 MHz
- Video Card: Diamond 4870x2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 3500dpi
Comparison Mouse Pads:
- Desk surface
- An average $4.99 Wal-Mart black mouse pad
- XFX WarPad
Precision was rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 and 10 highlighting the worst and best performance, respectively. A score of 5 was given to the Walmart mouse pad to serve as a reference point. A 10 would represent me performing at the top of my game, with a drastic improvement over the reference pad. A 1 would indicate a major decrease in precision and a surface that is nearly unusable.
Speed was rated in a similar fashion, with 1 being lowest and 10 being highest. A score of 1 would mean the cursor tracked drastically slower than normal, while a 10 would mean that it moved very quickly and almost required me to turn down my sensitivity.
Control was also rated with 1 as the lowest and 10 as the highest – a score of 1 would indicate a major loss in fluid cursor movements and rather jerky motions, while a score of 10 would represent a perfectly smooth cursor.
Precision is defined as the consistency in hitting the same point, though not necessarily the point to which you are aiming. On the TRACE, this aspect was unsurprisingly found to be much improved over the standard mouse pad, but fell short of the WarPad. I felt that the smoother surface on the TRACE made it difficult to resist repeatedly sliding past the same spot again and again. After taking some time to adapt to this slickness, however, my precision gradually improved.
The Ozone TRACE definitely gave a sensation of faster movement. With such a smooth texture, my Razer DeathAdder slid almost too freely on the surface of the pad. Having commonly used standard cloth pads, it took a bit of adjustment to get used to the difference in surface texture, though it was a very nice change nonetheless – moving the mouse just seemed so effortless on the TRACE. The Skaggs in Borderlands didn’t see what was coming to them.
As I previously mentioned, moving the mouse on the slick surface took some time for adjustment. Once I was accustomed to it, however, control seemed almost as good as what I am used to – a cloth pad. At the very least, it gave an ease of movement when correct mistakes in Photoshop, after slipping off the line a few times.