Date: March 1st, 2006
Article by: Mike "Twitch" Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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GWS lists the pad size as 7.5 x 10, and that is the actual pad size. The frame extends 5/8 around each edge, plus the 6.5 mouse bungee. That's only slightly wider than a standard $4 cheapie pad
..not big by any means, as you can see. A very aggressive player might find the size to be a little restrictive, as it's considerably smaller than the 11x12 pads offered by other companies. With that said, many people don't have a 12 square (or larger) surface available on their desk, and it is nice to see a smaller pad designed for gaming.
I fired up F.E.A.R., and put the pad to the test. The feel is very nice. Solid, very good tracking, and a smooth feel, my MX1000 felt lighter than it is. I immediately noticed that the precision of my aim was better than with a pure black pad, which could be a result of the white color. The feel was as good as any other gaming pad I've used, but not remarkable.
Now, about that wax. GWS included a 1 ounce bottle, so I decided to put that to the test. Unfortunately, there were no instructions included, so since it's a carnauba-based wax, I waxed the pad like I do my car. Thin layer of wax, wait a bit for it to dry, then buff off the excess. Then I set my rodent loose. All I can say is, WOW. My MX1000 seemed to have gone on a crash diet, losing half of its weight. Giving the mouse a moderately light push resulted in it sliding completely across the pad. After a few hours of gaming, my hand and wrist appreciated the smoothness. Note that the Killenflor wax does not come with the pad, but it's an inexpensive $5, and should last for a good six months of heavy usage.
CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
Given the price of the Launchpad, I'm impressed. Granted, the size is on the small side, but larger pads from other companies can cost as much, if not more, and do not come with a frame or mouse bungee. While I can't comment on battery life yet, I can say that the white color used does seem to improve my precision, in both gaming and everyday usage. And while the size may be a bit small for hardcore gaming, it does lend itself nicely to daily office usage, as it doesn't require a huge footprint. If you're a gamer with a small desk, or spend a lot of hours working on word processing or graphics, you should give the Launchpad a try.
Great, smooth feel
Size for small desks
Gimmicky, but effective swivel hole
- Size may be too small for hardcore fraggers
Requires a separate bottle of wax for full performance
Non-removable mouse bungee for cordless mouse users
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