XFX WarPad Review
Reviewed by: BluePanda
Reviewed on: July 6, 2011
XFX is a prime supplier of well known video cards and power supplies. But at the recent Computex in Taipei, XFX changed gears by showing off its newly patented WarPad. Having never released a mouse pad before, XFX decided to go big or go home in its first attempt at providing a loving surface for gamers and in this case I really mean BIG.
The WarPad was specifically designed to get rid of that harsh edge of your old desk. After many hours of gaming, anyone can admit to having a rather sore wrist from the edge of a desk or table at a LAN party. The WarPad aims to fix this discomfort with a wraparound mouse pad that not only has a large playing surface, but also grabs onto your desk with no intentions of being moved. If you want to get a better edge on your game without the edge of your desk holding you back, the WarPad might be just what you need. Let’s take a closer look at what the WarPad has to offer.
The product arrived in a rather large package and, with no surprise, the mouse pad itself was found to be quite massive. It comes nearly ready to get its game on right out of the box. The back of the WarPad's decadent cardboard sleeve screams out the three easy installation steps: 1) SET TO CLAMP; 2) SLIDE AND STOP, and; 3) GLIDE AND GAME — three things I couldn't wait to try out.
The XFX WarPad features the Edgeless Support System (ESS) to reduce arm fatigue and arm pain. The clamp portion of the pad has a nice smooth, rounded edge that looks very pleasing to my wrist. The only concern here is the ability for that wrist support to hold up. If there were to be a fail spot, it would most likely be the point where the plastic meets.
The WarPad is super squishy. It is double the thickness of your usual Wal-Mart mouse pad and feels just as nice as a new wet suit. The entire pad and arm rest are covered in the typical mouse pad fabric for a nice smooth surface. The only issue I noticed right off the bat were a few “lumpy” spots – nothing big enough to affect your game, and likely something that will level out with time (or so I hope).
This super squishy pad comes with the added bonus of being able to roll up around your keyboard for safe travel to LAN parties – no more permanently pressed keys or torn cables. The classy WarPad logo, along with the snazzy XFX logo, are displayed in the top right corner where they are far from harm.
- 16.97 in. x 13.98 in. x 1.86 in
- 34.2 oz.
- Supports up to 2" thick tabletops
- Edgeless Support System (ESS)
- 1 year warranty
- SET TO CLAMP: Place the XFX WarPad™ on top of your desk with the curved end facing you. Reach under and pull the two tabs so it clamps onto your desk.
- SLIDE AND STOP: Push the XFX WarPad™ towards the back of your desk until it stops on the brace. Place your mouse on top and you're ready to go.
- GLIDE AND GAME: Double padded for extra comfort, slide your forearm back and forth and feel it glide without a hard edge.
- ESS: The XFX WarPad™ features the Patent Pending Edgeless Support System™ (ESS) that angles and cushions your wrist and forearm during continuous mouse usage. No more dents under your forearms from that hard edge of your desk. It allows your wrist and forearm to glide seamlessly along it's tailored, smooth surface for optimum performance.
All information courtesy of XFX @ http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Products/Accessories/XFXWarPad.aspx
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.
When the WarPad first showed up on my doorstep, I was worried about the massive amount of desk space that would be rendered unusable. However, after a week with this pad, I don’t think I will be going back to a normal mouse pad. Its size isn’t the only plus factor — the wrist support, unlike those tacky gel wrist supports you can buy, is a part of the mouse pad. It flows with the pad as one uniform piece down and around the edge of your desk. There are no rough edges to catch on so you are free to move about without running into anything, unless of course you run off the giant pad. In that case, you should probably start thinking of a new hobby — if you can’t stay on this pad, gaming is not for you.
The Razer Goliathus Extended Control Edition is currently the only pad out there larger than the WarPad. It does not feature any type of wrist support, however, as it is just a rather large mat that covers the entire playing surface. Competing oversized pads tend to be around $20 to $30, but they are not of the same caliber in thickness or support. Therefore, at $54.99, I would be willing to buy the XFX WarPad over any other top-named gaming mouse pad. Overall it’s, well… just one damn good pad.
- It’s HUGE
- It clamps to your desk so it doesn’t move with you
- The wrist support actually reduces gaming fatigue
- Spending $25 more than a normal pad of similar size gives you some wrist support
- Double the thickness means extra comfort
- It’s HUGE
- Limits your desk/table options
- It can’t handle older desks with a large finished front
- It won't fit securely around thin desk edges
- $55 is a lot to spend on a single mouse pad