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Date: September 30th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Steelpad.com

 

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE



Now seeing that I was mostly mousing right on my desktop with no pad at all, I was having some problems moving the mouse from time to time. The mouse feet would drag on the desk's surface and any precision movement was almost impossible. If I left the workstation for the night, when I came back in the morning, the mouse would be literally stuck to the desktop and only with moderate effort would it break loose. Kinda sad, but you get used to it.


After the mousepad was installed, I couldn't believe how easily the mouse moved. Not only did it move with ease but I could literally place my middle finger lightly on top of the mouse and move it around the full extent of the pad. With everything setup properly, I opened UT2K3 and started a two hour gaming binge and I tell ya, gaming hasn't ever been this fluid for me. Headshot frequency went up, shot precision increased and bullet dodging was a breeze. Other than gaming, even my everyday website work experience ws more enjoyable now that I didn't have to fight with the mouse with every move.

 

CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS


Being one of the most under appreciated desktop components, a good mousepad is the key to efficient mousing while gaming or even everyday work. The mouse is the most used input peripheral in this day and age and it just makes sense to use a decent mousepad to make everyday mousing easier.


The SteelPad 4S mousepad reviewed would be a high quality alternative to a $0.99 bargain bin mouse pad or even worse, the desktop in my case. But with the good, comes the bad. Although this is a nice gaming surface, the ~US$45.00 pricetag plus shipping is down right crazy for even a top of the line product. At the moment, purchasing this particular mousepad can only be done through the company's website (linked at the top of the page) which is located in Europe.


My thoughts on the key to this product's success would be to somehow get the price down to even the US$20-25 dollar range and it will do very well in North America. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent top quality mousepad, but it's not worth the pricetag by a longshot.


Pros:


- Excellent Quality & Workmanship
- Gaming and Computer Work is Noticeably Easier
- Very Rigid


Cons:


- Very Expensive for a Mousepad
- Limited Availability



If you have any questions or comments on this mousepad, please post them in our forums HERE.

 

 


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