Ratpadz XT

Posted on August 18, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
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Gaming Performance

I booted up Unreal Tournament 2004 and started playing against godlike bots on one of my favorite maps. Mind you, I used to play a lot of Instagib, so my accuracy is generally 30-60% with hitscan weapons such as the Shock Rifle and Lightning Gun. After playing for about five minutes, I noticed a general raise in my accuracy. Hitting F8 in game gave me my accuracy with weapons, as well as the number of headhots I've made. I found it much easier to headshot the bots with the Ratpadz. I can't say everyone will find the same results. Being "good" at gaming usually takes a lot of practice, as well as being comfortable with both your hardware and software settings. The Ratpadz offered me a smoother mouse experience, and there were no spots on the Ratpadz that the G5 wasn't picking up.
Just to be sure, I plugged in my Logitech MX510 to try the same. The MX510 still uses a red LED to track movement, while the G5 uses an actual laser. They work the same, but the G5 tends to be much more sensative (and responsive). The MX510 has had a lot more use than the G5, so the pads on the underside are a little worn down. After playing the same map with the MX510, I found similar results. Slighly lower than what I had with the G5, but none-the-less higher accuracy than playing on my other mousepads.

Durability

Ratpadz sent us two of the XT. I figured we'd have our fun trying to destroy one. I took both mousepads with me to Pittco, where Jordan and I attempted to fold the Ratpadz XT in half. While we're both big guys, neither of us could bend it much one our own. We decided to put it flush against the edge of a steel I-Beam in the firehall we were in. With each of us pushing and/or pulling on a separate side, the most we were able to get it to bend was at about a 30 degree angle. Gosh darn, these things are durable. Unfortunately, we lost the pictures on a stolen SD card. Should we have the opportunity, you can expect us to try bending it again, this time with more extreme hardware (table vice and clamps, anyone?).

Conclusion

Ratpadz has a true winner on it's hands with the Ratpadz XT. It was a great decision to rebrand it's original mousepad, as this is a true performer. As far as we can tell, the mousepad works with any mouse you can throw at it, and it's Linux-compatible to boot! =P It's well worth the $19.99 (plus $5 shipping) you can buy it for from Ratpadz' website. You can expect the Ratpadz to remain at my desk until they come out with a bigger option. I need more space for my dual mice! I've got the G5 connected to my desktop, while my MX510 is connected to my laptop when it's at my desk. Pros:
  • Large surface area for those reflex shots
  • Great texture for excellent sensativity
  • Can turn it however you want, helps save space
  • Did we mention indestrucable?
  • If you're really unhappy with it, Ratpadz will give you your money back
Cons:
  • Surface area could be just a little bigger!
  • Texture tends to fill up with dirt, but easy to clean

Rating

9/10

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