Posted on 15-Jun-2006 17:15 by H Willan| Filed under: Reviews
Recently at Geekzone we were sent a Steelpad 5L professional gaming mouse pad for review. The first thing you notice with this pad, is that it's massive: it measures 380mm x 280mm and provides a huge mousing surface.
Steelpad 5L mousing surface
According to the specifications as listed on the packaging, this mouse pad combines the best of both worlds: durable plastic style, with cloth feel.
The 5L in the name corresponds to its five layers of construction:
Layer (1): Plastic coating to ensure durability and maintain texture of underlying cloth
Layer (2): Cloth for smooth gliding and high precision
Layer (3): Soft polyisoprene, which is a foam layer to provide comfort for extended use
Layer (4): Hard plastic compound to maintain shape and stability, even on uneven surfaces
Layer (5): Rubber elements to provide grip to surfaces
The product promises ease of use with any mouse, be it ball, optical or laser.
So how large was that? I'm a big guy, 6'2" and this makes my large arm and hand look quite small:
Room to spare
As you can see it is really, really, a large one. But this is a good thing because you never run out of surface. When gaming with the mouse pad, you notice your mouse less as it glides effortlessly over the pad.
The best thing about this mouse pad though is its smoothnes. And I mean smooooth. I use 3M Precision mousing surfaces, but they feel like sand paper when compared to the way the mouse glides over this one.
In summary, if you like a nice mouse pad, then this is right up there. If the size of the pad isn't a concern with your setup, then I recommend it.
The only downside is that it's around NZ$90 in local New Zealand market (or US$39.95 on-line from the manufacturer), but still a very nice mouse pad.
Large mousing area (+ or -) depending on your desk