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Date: May 5th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Corepad & Icemat
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PRODUCT AESTHETICS


Advantage: Corepad


The Corepad won due to its unique stylish design complete with rounded corners, color and the interesting fenced surface. With a product targeted towards enthusiasts and gamers, they want something that stands out and makes itself NOT look like a standard mousepad.


The Black Icemat 2 on the other hand does look ok, but is a bit bland and looks more like an oversized standard mousepad made of frosted glass.

 

PRODUCT ERGONOMICS & COMFORT


Advantage: Corepad


With the included foam wrist support, the Corepad hands down wins this section. As a gamer, I know comfort is needed when completing an all night Lanparty or a six hour online fragfest. The included wrist support is rather stiff and could be softened for even more comfort, but it is far better than using your desktop or the mousepad itself.


The Black Icemat 2 did not include a wrist support.



PRODUCT VALUE


Advantage: Corepad


When it comes to overall product value, the Corepad is ahead by a large margin. For US$12.25 less than the Black Icemat 2, you will practically get the same usable mousepad area along with the same teflon tape and a wrist support.


I know you might be thinking that the Icemat has larger dimensions so it is bigger. This in part is true but what I meant is "usable" space. Here let me show you.



When using the Black Icemat 2, there is no wrist support so you more often than not will be resting your wrist on the pad itself while gaming. This wastes a considerable amount of space. Check out how far my fingertips are from the edge.



With my wrist comfortably resting on the wrist pad you can see that I have the same amount of usable area to move the mouse. It may be visually hard to see it, but if you compare the photos, you can see the difference is practically nil.


Now the reason that the Black Icemat 2 lost in the product value category is very simple. Who in their sane logical mind is going to flop down close the US$50 (+shipping) for a mousepad!!!! There is nothing to warrant such a pricetag. Yes, glass might not be the cheapest material on the market but it isn't THAT expensive. Icemat's marketing department needs to realize that the young target consumer base doesn't have that much extra money to blow on an overpriced mousepad and they would rather put that money towards better memory or even an updated case.


Think more affordable, think more popular. Name brand doesn't mean everything and trust me, gamers know that.

 

PRODUCT GAMING PERFORMANCE


Advantage: Corepad


To test each mousepad, I played a 20 minute single player session of Battlefield 1942 using each pad. Although the accuracy of each pad was exactly the same, the Corepad had some advantages over the Black Icemat 2. The first is just how quiet the pad is while gaming. You could barely hear the mouse moving whereas the Icemat was quite noisy and resembled a lower key version of nails on a chalkboard. The quieter the mousing surface, the better chance you will hear your enemy sneaking up on you.


The second was the Corepad's ability to stay in place and almost stick to the desktop. The Icemat on the other hand was easier to move around and required some adjustment after a certain amount of gaming. My suggestion would be to lower the amount of feet on the mousepad from six to four to enable it to stay in place better.

 

PRODUCT QUALITY


Advantage: Equal


Each product sample reviewed was well made, sturdy and didn't show any defects or blemishes.

 

 


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