Date: April 6th, 2005
Article by: Josh (Newsposter & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: XTRAC
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XTracPads is a leader in the mouse pad industry. We manufacture high-tech mousing surfaces for serious computer users that demand more than just a simple mouse pad.
Started in March of 2002 by a small group of avid PC game enthusiasts, our optical mouse pads and accessories are designed for fast paced mouse movement with minimal drag. We offer a variety of surfaces and optical mouse pad sizes. Not only are our products used in computer gaming, they are equally efficient for many other applications such as digital animation, desktop publishing and more. The medical, military, gaming, art, scientific and aerospace industries all benefit from the high quality, speed and accuracy found in all XTrac optical mouse pads. XTracPads is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mouse Pads are something that can be easily overlooked by the computer user, and in many cases is missing in a gamer's life (yes, that's why you can never get a good score in your death-match). Many people assume that a mouse pad, “is just a mouse pad”, and so did I until I got my hands on the XTrac Hybrid Optical Mouse Pad! XTrac have produced something that merges the best of both worlds, the properties of a cloth based pad and a plastic based pad to give us a product that we hope suits every die hard gamers needs.
So let's put this tasty looking piece of cloth to the test! (Oh no…It looks like I need to play some more counter strike, what a shame =D)
(as listed @ XTracPads.com)
High-tech manufacturing combines two different materials together to bring you the XTracPads HYBRID ™ . Silky smooth cloth mixed with slick polypropylene makes for one amazing mousing surface! Underneath is our Sure Grip rubber backing.
10" x 16" x 3/16" (254mm x 406mm x 4.77mm)
Sure Grip rubber backing
Hybrid mousing surface
The XTracPads HYBRID is 100% compatible with all high quality optical and mice.
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
The pad is packaged up in a neat box, which can be re-used after opened in order to be used as a LAN carry box, which in turn is appealing to the eye. Within the box you will find the mouse pad, some “Mad Dotz” mouse feet enhancers, a sticker (hmm, where shall I put this?) and believe it or not, instructions for the pad!
The instructions (you may be able to read from the picture) state how you should unroll the mouse pad when unpacking it and what the “Mad Dotz” are for and how they will benefit you when using your mouse. I will say this, because it made me laugh, the instructions are rolled up inside the mouse pad, meaning that you have unrolled the pad before reading the instructions, fortunately I did it right =D.
When first removed from its box, your mouse pad appears in a Swiss roll *mmm* form, not how I expected it to be packaged, but it is indeed a great idea, saving on space when the box is stowed away as well as giving you an easy method for when it comes to putting the pad back in its box ready for that LAN. My first thought when I saw this was “this won't roll out properly and will end up looking like all my college news letters”, well I was in for a pleasant surprise…yay! Once rolled out, the pad is slightly curled at either end, and within 1 minute all is good and you have yourself a steam rolled pad like so.
The first thing realized was the size of this beast, if they existed, I could have used it as a keyboard pad. It sizes up at 10" x 16" giving you over a square foot of pad for you to speed your raging mouse over whilst enduring a heated and intense…frag? *awaits award for the witty comment* Positioning the pad on my desk turned out to involve a bit of maneuvering of equipment, but in the end I found a solution that worked well. Because of its length, unless you are accompanied with a large desk, you may have to position the pad vertically to avoid wobbly keyboard symptoms. The great thing being that its width is adequate enough not to cause you problems with your precious mousing.
The pad has a sleek look with the XTrac logo located in the bottom right corner. Above this is a strip of the XTrac trademark pattern that is used in other XTrac Pads such as the XTrac Ripper. When it is applied to a setup consisting of darkly colored peripherals, it adds that finishing touch to the look of your set-up, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.