Date: March 1st, 2005
Article by: Jeff Caldwell
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Steelpad
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Steelpad decided to not ugly up your beautiful new mouse
pad with writing and logos, using only a small fraction of the pad for
its logo. As you can see, even the logo is exquisite in its simplicity.
The logo is located in its lower left corner.
As you can see the QcK+ is quite thin indeed, instead
of those bulky Walmart specials you get for a couple bucks because of
the pretty flower on them.
Due to my original preference of being a commando mouse
user (no pad at all), I want to make sure that the mouse pad is virtually
unmovable just like a desk would be. Steelpad's specially designed non-slip
surface is just that, specially designed to not move and it does it
As you can see above, this mouse will not fit on the average
desk without serious real estate movement. This was the best positioning
I could get while maintaining most of the mouse pads usable space. This
slightly disturbed me as I don't feel that anyone really needs that
much space for mousing.
Well now it was time to begin the testing, and I figured
that Unreal Tournament 2004, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Lord
of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth were a nice collection of different
types of games to try this big boy out on.
Gaming Break *Cue elevator music*
So now that I have spent several hours "testing" this
mouse pad (see: slacking off playing games instead of going to work),
let me fill you in on my findings. The performance was great, the mouse
slid effortlessly on the pad. I also not once had to lift my hand to
readjust the position of the mouse, which is very bothersome in the
middle of a game. After adjusting to different mouse sensitivities,
I noticed no loss of performance. Steelpad is true to their word saying
that it is ideal for low sensitivity mousing. Though this is a gaming
utility mostly, graphical artists would be very happy with this as well.
Due to its overly large size, you will never have to readjust your mouse
and risk destroying the editing you just did at 800% zoom on those tiny