Zowie G-TF Speed ReviewBluePanda -
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To properly test the ZOWiE G-TF Speed, I will be considering three explicit details: precision, speed, and control. To test the precision of the pad, I will use Photoshop to see how my accuracy changes in the number of corrections that are required, and I will play Borderlands and record the number of times that I get head shots. I will rate speed based on how fast the cursor is able to move across the screen. The last test will measure control in the ability to smoothly track my targets.
I will also be using the ZOWiE G-TF Speed in my everyday computing. It will endure basic internet browsing, “photoshopping”, and most importantly, the thrashing of gaming. After about a week’s use I will be able to say whether I want to keep using it or toss it aside for another pad.
- Monitor: ASUS 19” 5ms Widescreen LCD (1050 x 1680)
- 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
- Your average Wal-Mart $4.99 black mouse pad
- XFX WarPad
- Ozone TRACE
To rate precision, I used a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst case and 10 being the best. A score of 5 was reserved as a standard Walmart mousepad for reference. A 10 would be performing at the top of my game with a drastic improvement over the reference pad. A 1 would be a major decrease in precision and nearly impossible to use.
Speed was rated in a similar fashion with 1 being low and 10 being high. A score of 1 would mean the cursor tracked drastically slower than normal and a 10 would be so fast that it would almost require me to turn down my sensitivity.
I rated control with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest. A score of 1 meant major loss in fluid motion of the cursor — a rather jerky motion. A score of 10 meant that the control was perfectly smooth.
Having recently become a fan of slick pads, the G-TF was a nice, new pad to try out. Precision was about the same as any slick pad. I tend to find them to be a bit hard to adjust to when not using them every day, but over time I always find myself adapting to the improved precision. The mouse moves nicely across the pad and always gets me either to where I’m trying to be or exactly where I want to be.
The ZOWiE G-TF really gives the impression of faster movement over your typical cloth pad. The pad is so thin it is like not even having a mouse pad at all, but rather, a magical desk top that just does what you want. I almost had to turn down the sensitivity of my mouse using the pad because it seemed to move so much faster. I was impressed with how much more the mouse seemed to move without changing any of my mouse settings.
The fact that it is so slick makes control an interesting issue. It is still easy to control the mouse on the pad but the fact that it does move so fast means that you either need to adjust some settings on your mouse or make some adjustments with your style. It really gives you the feel that you can really control your computer for a change — it puts you in command!