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Testing a mouse pad involves time and experience with the pad more than anything. The longer you have it and use it the sooner you find its flaws and reasons to go buy another one. I will be using the XFX WarPad through everyday use in both work and play. The first method of testing will test its ability to endure a typical day at my workstation. It will have to handle all day use of MATLAB and GUI building to pass the test. A full day’s use will show whether the added support adds to or takes away from the overall use. The most important method of testing will be to meet up with some in game experience. The WarPad will be subjected to rigorous testing through hours of L4D2, Dragon Age Origins, Magica, and the new favorite MMO Spiral Knights. I will be comparing the WarPad to a typical Wal-Mart pad as well as my desks surface.
- 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
- Power Supply: 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
Comparison Mouse Pads:
- Your average Wal-Mart $4.99 black mouse pad
- Plain laminate wood desk surface
The WarPad went to war with me through a long week of rigorous testing. It followed me place to place whether I was working during the day or gaming at night. It handled the frustrations of my work along with the butt-kicking of late night gaming. Its only enemies were those I shall compare it to: the typical Wal-Mart pad and the common desktop surface. It also had to deal with the lousiest standard Dell mouse and the pleasurable, gaming-oriented Razer DeathAdder to see if it could handle both ends of the spectrum.
On the first day of testing, the WarPad went to work with me. I don’t have a huge desk at work since I’m only an intern, but it clamped onto the square edge with no problems at all. My first concern was that I might be able to push down on the armrest with enough force to make it fall off my desk since it sits about two inches off the edge. Of course, if you push directly on it with the intent to knock it off the desk, don’t be surprised if it falls. But even with a heavy gaming arm, you would be hard-pressed to make the WarPad fall off during use. Once I slid it onto my desk, it locked into position and was set for an entire day of hard work.
My arm never felt better after a long eight-hour day of constant computing and mouse work. I almost felt as if I had more energy to go home and continue my mouse work in a much needed gaming session. When I arrived home, I was greeted with a small complication. The table I am stuck using as a desk this summer has a rather large lip on it – larger than the rated 2" thickness. Needless to say, the WarPad didn’t fit. For the time being, I laid out the pad to enjoy its humongous size anyway. I cannot say exactly how much it improved my skills, but with great confidence I can claim a lot more head shots simply because I could actually keep my mouse on the pad for a change.
Since evaluating peripherals is very subjective, I can only comment on how much I liked or disliked the WarPad's different features and compare them to those of other products. It all comes down to personal preference in size, shape, thickness, and smoothness, which will make or break the pad depending on what best suits you.