There aren’t really many statistics, benchmarks or other quantitative means of judging the performance of a mousepad, so the best thing to do is just use it for a fair bit. I used the DeskPad for a period of about two weeks as my main desk surface, for work and for play. I played the following games in that time:
- MechWarrior Online
- StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
- Day Z
- Borderlands 2
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Gosh, it’s a good time to be a PC gamer.
Now, onto the results of these trials.
The big test of a mousepad is how well it actually works when gaming. I’d say that the mousing performance was just fine; I can’t say I’ve ever used a mousepad and noticed that I suddenly got better at the game I was playing, but the Deskpad is certainly not deficient in this area, with a fairly middle-of-the-road texture that provided the kind of high quality mousing performance you’d expect from a gaming-specific mousepad. Particularly in titles that demand quick and accurate mouse movement like StarCraft II and Hawken.
The big benefit of the Deskpad as a mousing surface is really its size. If you play on lower sensitivity settings and therefore need to move your mouse a lot, the Deskpad is ideal – you’ll never ever run out of room.
The Deskpad provides a relatively thick and cushiony layer above the whole desk, not just around the mouse. This makes things like typing a lot more comfortable, as you’ve got this wee wrist rest wherever you happen to lay your hands. Everything is at the same height, too, so your hands will be positioned evenly. Contrast this with a merely ‘large’ mousepad, which often needs to hang off the end of your desk or go half-way underneath your keyboard to fit. Playing on the DeskPad was incredibly comfortable.
There is one drawback to the Sargas 900’s design, however. That shallow crescent that I mentioned earlier that’s cut out of the front of the pad introduces an unwanted patch of bare desk which is less comfortable to rest your wrists on and also collects dust and debris. However, there is a simple solution – just turn the Deskpad around and have the crescent cutout on the far side of your desk – your monitor doesn’t care.
The one drawback to having a full-desk mousepad is that if you eat or drink at your PC, even if you’re careful the Deskpad will become dirty. A mousepad is harder to clean than a wooden desk, and you definitely don’t want a patch of grease or crumbs underneath your mouse’s sensor. Keep this in mind if you often eat or drink at your desk.
The Sargas 900 Deskpad is a convincing argument for a full-desk mousepad, offering both comfort and mousing performance if you’ve got the space and you’re willing to keep it clean. The trend is definitely for larger and larger gaming mousepads and the full-size Deskpad is the logical conclusion to that progression.
- Never run out of mousing room again
- Room for all of your equipment and more
- Good mousing surface
- Inoffensive, small logo
- Hard to keep clean
- Not a perfect rectangle