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SteelSeries SteelPad 5L Mouse Pad Review

hardnrg    -   July 6, 2006


Specifications

Features:
  • Combines the strength of plastic with the softness of cloth
  • Suitable for all mouse sensitivities
  • Large mouse surface designed for gaming
Specifications:
  • Compatible with all optical, laser and ball mice
  • Dimensions 380 x 280 mm (14,9 x 11 in)

Extra Facts:

After extensive testing with first generation laser mice from Microsoft, Logitech and others, the entire production lineup of SteelPad 5L was changed to ensure 100% compatibility, the release of the SteelPad 5L ended up being delayed for 3 months because we wanted to ensure optimal performance for the new laser technologies.

The SteelPad 5L was researched for more than 6 months, during which time we did a lot of experimenting with various surfaces and composition, to ensure precision and performance.

Testing

I have what I would consider a fairly standard width desk at just over 1.2 metres wide (4 feet wide) and the size of the SteelPad 5L really became apparent when it was laid down on my desk.


Having a mouse pad of this size on my desk meant that my keyboard was slightly off-center. I like the spacebar to be in line with the center of the screen, ideally while typing, but for gaming, having the keyboard off to the side is actually much more comfortable for 1st and 3rd person games that employ the widely-used mouselook and WASD movement controls. So the size of the mouse pad was not a problem for gaming, but may be something to take into consideration if you have a smaller desk than mine.

I will be comparing the SteelSeries SteelPad 5L to my current gaming mousepad, the X-Raypad Thunder8 (2-sided plastic surface).


The Logitech MX518 was used at its three dpi sensitivity settings - 400, 800, and 1600 dpi - in the following games:

  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Half-Life 2
  • Tomb Raider: Legend
  • Battlefield 2
  • F.E.A.R.
  • Plasma Pong
  • Prey Demo
  • Far Cry



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Testing
  3. Conclusion
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