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keen gamers are out there looking for ways to provide themselves with
the best possible gameplay possible. From high-speed processors to the
latest graphics cards to connecting to broadband connections for internet
play, they are all seeking to enhance their gameplay and provide an edge
over fellow gamers. It’s quite easy to overlook the smaller things with
your PC system, such as, well… Your mouse pad! Yes, the little freebies
companies give away almost as commonly as AOL sends us free drink coasters.
So why can a mouse pad bring in such a noticeable improvement to your
gameplay? Read on to see:
The Ratpadz features a unique “Ultraslick™” surface, with tiny grooves
on the surface to provide for almost flawless traction of the mouse ball,
which will prevent the familiar “skips” you find so often while aiming
that rail shot in Q3A. The surface also provides for a smooth movement
of the mouse over the pad that no other ordinary mouse pad can provide.
How smooth? It’s like manoeuvring an ice cube over your kitchen bench.
You may even initially have problems controlling the movement of the mouse
due to the sensitivity.
“What about my Optical Mouse?”
Most owners of an Intellimouse Explorer are familiar with the statements
from MS saying how it can be played over your pant leg and so on, and
most people would feel content with the already improved pointer movements
provided by the optical sensor. As a previous owner of this very mouse,
I was sceptical about how much more useful this mouse pad would be...
and after using it all I can say is that I will never go back to an old
cloth mouse pad. The Ratpadz infinitely improves the control over the
mouse, leading to increased precision for rail shots and “Head Shot!’s”
So what does this all come down to? One hell of a mouse pad. You’ll never
want to revert back to anything else, nor will you need to, it will last
and last and last. At $18.95 it may appear steep initially but remember:
You won’t be replacing it anytime soon, In comparison to the 100’s and
1000’s of $$$ you may spend this amount is tiny in relation to the benefits
you will gain from using it.
- Size: at 9.5 inches tall X 11.5 inches wide, you aren’t likely
to be sliding your mouse off the edge while lining up that crucial
- Durability: The Ratpadz getting dirty? Send it into wash
in the dishwasher. Use it as a drink coaster (it’s got the size to
doesn’t it?), hell, eat your lunch on it. The mouse pad is made to
last, not like those in which you’ll find yourself buying a replacement
every 1-3 months.
- Shape, Design: Some people may be sceptical at the use of
a plastic mouse pad, and even be weary of any discomfort caused. Throw
these fears down the drain, because you’ll find this pad will be infinitely
better than any old cloth pad. The edge is shaved down, so you can
have hours of fragging without fatigue or the infamous “handcuff marks”
on the wrists. The shape is also made with an arch to fit in your
wrist, with plenty of swinging room. (Right across the 11.5-inch width
to be precise)
- Padz: This baby comes with 9 rubber pads attached to the
base, so it’s not going anywhere unless you pick the entire thing
up. Much better than the slipping and sliding you may have become
Zalman: ZM-DS4F Headphones
An affordable, ultra-portable headphone set.