Mouse pads, mouse mats, mousing surfaces or whatever else you want to call them, are the often-neglected best friends of gamers of all ages. Without them, we'd scrape off our mice's feet against hard tabletops, injure our wrists against a sharp edges of our computer tables and wallow in general misery and unidentified sense of loss. More importantly, we'd miss more of those quick headshots that make us so proud of our skills in FPSs and our command of our RTS units would be much more erratic.
The Xtracpads come in several different sizes, depending on the model. The Fat Mat is a pretty large mat with dimensions of 305mm x 406mm x 6.35mm (or 12inch x 16inch x 1/4inch), while the sticker-like Logic surfaces come in 216mm x 280mm (8.5inch x 11inch).
Once again, we tested the mouse pads with several different mice (e.g. Steelseries Ikari Laser, Logitech G5, Razer Lachesis) and on different kinds of tabletops. We focussed our attention on the noise that the mouse makes as it moves on the pad (result of friction and, naturally, mouse quality) and the grip of the mouse pad onto the tabletop (stability). These observations totalled in our most important score: usability. In addition, we rated the look and feel of the mouse pads from our subjective points of view, attempting to give a representative score also on this front. In order to try out the headshot-capabilities of the pads, we played our current favourite FPS games: Crysis and Crysis Warhead.
Usability: We found the Fat Mat to be an excellent mouse pad and even Wolfie, who usually prefers thinner and a little bit harder mouse pads, found the Fat Mat to be an excellent companion to his gaming gear. The pad makes very little noise when you move a mouse on the surface and most of the noise is the mouse's fault in any case. The Fat Mat lies very solidly on the table surface and didn't slip even once during our gaming sessions. The size of the Fat Mat in gives you a lot of room, and as such it could be more difficult to fit on smallish gaming tables. However, the grip and weight of the rubber bottom allows you to set it on a table so that part of the mat hangs over the edge and it still remains sturdy while gaming and also protects your wrist from the edge of the table. Our laser mice found nothing to complain about in the accuracy or feel that the Fat Mat provided.