So the DHL guy arrived this morning and woke me up from my sleep to give me my new mouse pad. It shipped DHL Express. Left the manufacturing facility "Maersk Logistics" in Copenhagen , Denmark. It left there on the 15th and arrived today - which is pretty decent shipping. It was the back order time that took forever. I guess they are spitting these things out like crazy and trying to meet quotas on stock delivery that they ship right from the production line. Thats pretty sweet service IMO.
So, I've taken a bunch of pictures which I am uploading to my webserver right now. You can find them at http://www.schematic.ca/sx
The pad is not much bigger than my old faithful Everyglide Ricochet 2.52 pad. And is about a half mm thinner. This pad is pretty slick , however not OVERLY slick. It has a very very fine texture to it (and I mean fine) which provides just the right amount of feedback.
I've been using the Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 for the longest time - I refuse to use any other mouse as this thing fits my hand perfectly. Aside from that, this pad words 100% with it. No skips or lags and good response time - so I am going to assume that almost all, if not every, optical mouse should work with this pad.
The backside of the pad is one large textured rubber backing which grips every surface I put it on very well. I was not able to move the pad around under conventional circumstances. So it stays where you put it for sure. The pad backing is not super thick and doesn't cause a "spongy" feeling at all.
The pads surface should definately be taken care of. It is aluminum after all, with a very fine finish. So try not to gouge it with things
Depending on how some people use their pad, it might be advisable to remove your watch from your wrist so you dont scratch it up. The pad comes with a cleaning/polishing cloth which is just simply a piece of white felt - can be picked up at any craft store.
My advice for cleaning is water when possible, even for the rubber backing. Right out of the box - all kinds of cardboard dust had made its way into the packaging and got stuck to the rubber backing everywhere. So I rinsed it under the tap , waved it around and press dried with a towel. Done.
Just like aluminum PC cases, finger and hand oils will leave marks all over it VERY easily. Water gets it off with some rubbing, but Windex works very well.
Due to the pads size, it may not be ideal for people that play with extremely low sensitivity which causes them to flail their arm around which requires alot of mousing surface. I play with a relatively low sensitivity, but NOT too low - and I have plenty of room. I got by with my Ricochet - so if anything, I got more room now.
The pad does not come with any case / protective casing. It comes packaged in a hard plastic blister pack - which is great for transportation, but does not protect against something sitting on it and bending it. So keep that in mind if you travel your pad around alot.
Some other goofy things about this pad include ;
It matches my Lian-Li V1000B case perfectly.
Its damn cold in the morning, so its an eye opener folks!
The edges are smooth so you shouldn't chew yer wrist.
It looks pretty damn cool!
Check out my crappy pictures at the URL posted above.
They aren't the best pics in the world, but should give
you enough of a look.
I suggest this pad for anyone that likes a smooth surface,
and doesn't like MONSTER huge mousing surfaces. Its black, its metal, its cool.