Xtracpads Hammer & Ripper Mouse Pad ReviewFormer staff writer - December 3, 2003
Category: Mouse Pad
Price: $14.00 - $19.00 USD
Today we'll be looking at some more optical mousepads, this time from the fine folks over at XTracPads.com. We have in our possession the XTrac Ripper and the XTrac Hammer. Now, optical mousepads are different from ball mousepads. In order for an optical mouse to perform properly, the 'picture' it takes has to change, whereas the ballmouse just needs a surface to move on. This is where the XTrac mousepad comes in - its unique hexagonal and random dot design are supposed to allow better mousing performance. Again, our test mouse will be the Logitech MX700. We'll be comparing the XTrac Pads against the victor of our last optical mousepad shootout the ICEMAT Black.
XTracPads is a leader in the mouse pad industry. We manufacture high-tech mousing surfaces for serious computer users that demand more than just a simple mouse pad.
Started in March of 2002 by a small group of avid PC game enthusiasts, our optical mouse pads and accessories are designed for fast paced mouse movement with minimal drag. We offer a variety of surfaces and optical mouse pad sizes. Not only are our products used in computer gaming, they are equally efficient for many other applications such as digital animation, desktop publishing and more. The medical, military, gaming, art, scientific and aerospace industries all benefit from the high quality, speed and accuracy found in all XTrac optical mouse pads. XTracPads is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Well, the mousepads were delivered to me packed in foam in a big cardboard box. We got 1 XTrac Ripper, one XTrac Hammer and 1 package of XTrac Eels (teflon tape). This next part blew me away though. The mousepads are 11"x17"! That's HUGE. A distinct advantage for the hardcore gamer.
The Eels came with a nice set of instructions, and about a 4" piece of teflon tape. The backing is blue, the tape itself is clear, and after you've made it past the initial frustration of separating the backing from the tape, its fairly easy to place on. I highly suggest you keep the teflon tape as one piece and then cut off smaller pieces AFTER you've got the backing separted. This makes for much easier placement.
Upon first look at the mousepads, I was curious to see how they would actually perform. After all, our previous review was all about the micro texture on the mousepads for movement. These ones are all about the pattern. So, let's find out if there is a difference.
Once again for testing, I get to play sweet, sweet games. We have on our lists this time Max Payne 2, Counter-Strike, BF1942 and GTA: Vice City. I played each for a couple hours, for...testing...yes, just to get a good idea how often I had to pick up my mouse, comfort, response and smoothness.