Mouse mats and other peripherals fall into an interesting category for testing, as your opinion on them tends to be very personal, as the mat, mouse or keyboard has to be right for you, beyond having the specifications to do what you want with it. Therefore these reviews can be highly subjective so as always, please make sure to test a peripheral for yourself before you buy it.
However with that said, our testing methods involve using the mat over prolonged gaming and general usage periods to test its gaming ability and comfort.
The mouse used for testing was the Mionix Naos 5000.
Fast paced, first person shooters such as Call of Duty World at War make for excellent games to test mousepads as they require fast reflexes and pinpoint accuracy. The Speedlink Repute certainly offers impressive precision allowing oneself to pick off enemies at ease and quickly spin around due to the smooth surface.
In unison with the Mionix Naos 5000, the Repute handles beautifully with the smooth surface and high dpi combining perfectly to match the fast-paced combat.
As a recent convert to hard plastic mouse pads, the Speedlink Repute stakes a good case for the cloth mat; the thin (less than 2mm) microfibre surface means the pad doesn’t press down too much as some thicker cloth pads can and makes it ideal for taking it to LANs.
The cloth pad is by far the most comfortable type of mouse mat and although the Repute is less than 2mm thick, it’s once again very soft. The curved bottom also makes wrist positioning much more comfortable.
At £14.99, the Speedlink Repute is a little cheaper than some of the big names in the gaming peripheral industry such as the Roccat Sota or Q-Pad X-TR.