Sublime Mouse Pad!,
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This review is from: Razer Pro Solutions Pro Pad (Accessory)
Firstly I'd like to thank Sapient Computers Ltd. I ordered this late one night and it came the very next day, courtesy of Royal Mail. I didn't expect it to arrive for several days because the P&P was free and many sellers like to take the cheapest possible method of sending you your purchase.
Right onto the mouse pad it's self:
It came in well protected, strong, cardboard box that and was packed with foam inside it, ensuring that the mouse pad arrives in perfect condition with not a blemish on it. The pad has two surfaces, one slightly rough with a slight crystal like spark to it, the other is much smoother but still has a texture to it that too slightly sparkles. I prefer the smooth surface for day to day use, simply because my mouse (Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse / 5600dpi) is quieter when moving across it. But I prefer the rougher side for other tasks which I will explain later on. The mouse pad has four little rubber feet in each corner that stop it from sliding about (it is also quite heavy despite being made of aluminum so it wasn't likely to move anyway!) on your desktop. There is an exposed aluminum border, about 1/8" wide, that surrounds the outside of each surface. The border is burnished and slightly curved as not to leave any sharp edges. The photos do not this mouse pad justice, it's really quite an aesthetic thing to look at; who'd have thought that a mouse pad could be a well engineered and designed product? You'd be forgiven for thinking it was designed by Philippe Starck or some German design firm.
The two different surfaces:
When gaming, (mainly Battlefield 3) I prefer the rough surface as it gives me higher precision when sniping or moving my mouse by tiny increments to get the crosshairs in place for that difficult shot. It took a little getting used to at first because I was used to over compensating on my old £1 Ikea mouse pad that dragged the mouse and made find movements quite erratic. Recently I have found that if I use the smooth surface for flying helicopters and moving the turret in tanks I get a more fluid feel that also lends it's self to my next favourite thing about the mousepad.
I am a graphic designer by profession and immediately I found it easier to create clipping masks and vector paths with higher precision on this pad using the rough surface in Adobe Illustrator. But when I require a more fluid movement I simply flip it over and use the smoother surface to get an even distribution and finer flow in Photoshop because my mouse glides so fluidly over the smooth side (just as it does when flying the helicopter / tank turret I explained above). But I am sure that most people will find their own favourite surface and stick with that one. There's no real need to flip it over as it works extremely well which ever surface you choose.
This pad is simply the best accessory I have bought for my computer in a long time, it's up there with USB keyrings etc. I'd never of thought for an instant I'd consider a mouse pad sexy or think of a mouse pad in such a favourable way! Finally for £20 you can't go wrong. Why pay all that money for other "professional gaming" mouse pads which are made out of rubber, you're really only paying for the logo printed on it. This on the other hand is the perfect example of good design.
Love it! :)