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Date: November 19th, 2004
Article by: Doug (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: XRAYPAD
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)



First things first, this pad is HUGE! Measuring in at an astonishing 15.7" x 11" x 0.12", I would have to say that this pad has got to be the largest I have ever seen.



Though extremely large, X-Ray only took up a fraction of the space for a tasteful silver logo, found in the top right corner.



I would like point out the thickness. Or should I say lack there of? Unlike most standard cheapo mouse pads that sell mostly due to the picture on them, this pad is stylishly thin.



Like most men, I like to see what's happening on the back side as well as the front. Here you'll find textured rubber keeping this monster from exploring your desk top. The front is composed of a fine woven fabric that has a similar feel to neoprene.

 

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE


Now the moment we have all been waiting for….


Testing this thing was an interesting event in my life. Here you are going to get a description of usage, likes and dislikes, and the story of how this was all acquired. Feel free to light up a smoke or get a drink and enjoy the story.



Positioning this giant onto my desk required more real estate than I could provide. That right there was a bit of a turn-off for me. As you can see, my desk is a tad cluttered, but I would imagine mine is not the only in the world. So this may be one thing you might want to think of before purchasing this mouse pad.


So how did I test the Aqua 3 without putting it on my desk? Well I got paid to do it! There isn't any place in the world I use a computer more than work. As much as I would like to provide pictures of the pad in action at work, I don't think my boss would like me taking the time to provide them for you. But I did find it funny that though I was reviewing a product, she thought I was just personalizing my work space. ;-)


Now I do a lot of work in Excel and Word, as well as our bridging equipment software. (Don't ask, just accept, and this will go a lot smoother) So this performance review is based off of app usage more so than gaming. My mouse is my weapon against the daily tasks that pain me. The first thing I noticed was how smooth the motion was compared to the budget pad work provided me. Another thing that struck me as wonderful was not having my hand uncomfortably resting on the edge of the pad. Size redeems itself! Not once did I have to lift my hand to readjust the mouse onto the pad. Now we all know that mouse sensitivity can also effect whether or not you run into this problem. I myself use a pretty sensitive motion, but even the users with less sensitive mouse settings will have no more lifting issues.


After getting a feel for the motion without the anti-friction pads or ZeroFriction[TM], it was time to discover what the these little guys were all about. The pads were very easy to install. Just peel 'em and stick 'em. They even come in different shapes designed for your particular mouse. Once installed, I got right back to work. (Had to, otherwise I get yelled at.)


Although on the company website they use selling points of these pads to market gamers, I would say I was able enjoy them with computer work application usage. They say ZeroFriction[TM] are not only designed to reduce friction, but also to protect your mouse feet from wearing and needing replacement. Personally, I don't think its possible to get to that point, but its good to think about if it will make you feel better. Motion was improved slightly, but the improvement was not worth spending any extra money. X-Ray made a good move including these with the pad. I did notice that I kept missing when trying to quickly highlight rows in Excel and I would end up resizing the row instead of selecting more. After this same occurrence happened a few times, it was off with the pads. Besides, raw is more fun.

 

 


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