Intel e4500 @ 3.2GHz
Geil PC6400 4gb (4x 1gb)
|Graphics Card|| |
|PSU||OCZ GameXStream 600w|
2 x Seagate Barracuda (2x 200gb)
Windows 7 64 bit
Peripheral reviews are always subjective as people’s preferences are hugely different to one another, so everyone has their own opinion. While the advice here will be as subjective as possible please try to have a go with the product yourself before you buy it.
Our testing method was to use the mat over a protracted length of time in typical everyday use, such as office use and web browsing as well as in a gaming environment.
The games used for testing were:
- Counterstrike: Source
- Team Fortress 2
The mouse used to test this mat was a Trust MI-6200 Laser with Teflon pad surfers.
Conterstrike: Source is the sequel to the legendary Counterstrike and is based on Valve’s Source engine. This game calls for lightning reflexes and high precision and this makes it ideal for seeing what a mousepad is really made of. The MP2000 performs admirably for something that isn’t touted as a gaming peripheral, offering great precision with very low friction and the ergonomic shape makes marathon sessions a doddle. While the headshots were abundant the pad wasn’t without its flaws – the microfibre mouse surface itself is small and the material creates a few milliseconds of high friction at random intervals, enough to throw you off that oh-so-vital headshot.
The fact that the pad is small isn’t a problem for high sensitivity gamers but if you want a bit more room for your mouse to run free then this isn’t the pad for you. Conversely the friction problem blights those who use high sensitivity but not those who use low as small, quick movements without random friction spikes are essential when gaming at high DPI. This reviewer has yet to find a sweetspot that eliminates both problems, so you’re stuck with whichever one annoys you the least.
Team Fortress 2
Team Fortress 2 is another FPS sequel from Valve based on the source engine. The shooter is more team tactics based and slower paced than Counterstrike: Source and the pad really shines here. The momentary friction problem really doesn’t get in the way, although there is still little space for low sensitivity users. The surface is still a pleasure to use, providing high accuracy with very low friction.
The ergonomic angle of the pad is very comfortable indeed and wrist fatigue is virtually eliminated even during very prolonged use.
The plastic feels relatively sturdy and is easily enough to put up with everyday transport, although the microfibre seems to attract a good amount of dirt and would absorb spillages – one sugary drink would probably mean the end. The mouse surface also feels like it would wear away if it as being used heavily over a long period of time, although it’s obviously impossible to accurately predict without a few months of use.
The MP2000 comes in at around £16, making it reasonably well priced when compared with its competition. The main problem here is the relative cost of the two things that it integrates combined is a good bit lower than that which jetart is asking – a decent cloth mousemat and a USB 2.0 hub can be had for as little as £10.