What's The Point of a Mouse Pad?

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  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    Well? Especially for optical mouses. What's the point people?
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    1. For ball mice, a traditional textured mousepad provides grip.

    2. There are special metallic mouse pads to ensure a smooth reading for optical mice.

    3. They have become a novelty (much like screen savers).

    4. Some have wrist rests that actually fell pretty good if you use a mouse for a long time.
     
  3. vniow macrumors G4

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    I have an optical but my table has glass on top and that doesn't work well with it.
     
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    To add to what grapes said, when you use an optical mouse on wood grain optical mouses can "jump" a mouse mat stops that from happening.
     
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    The only reason for me is that my wrist would be resting on a sharp wooden corner.
     
  7. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    I want a wrist pad... but their so dang ugly.
     
  8. MacRumoron macrumors 6502

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    i don't use a mousepad with my mighty mouse but now i wish i did cause over time it scrapes off the top of my wooden desk and now it looks ugly :(
     
  9. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    They make for much smoother mousing... for example a lot of the time I use the arm of my couch for my mousing surface, and a lot of the time the mouse would get caught up on it. With a mouse pad it's mucheasier to movie the mouse.
     
  10. Dagless macrumors Core

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    To keep laser mice in smooth motion, cotton pads mind you, not those foul plastic ones. Suppose the most un-obvious one is to prevent desk scratching too.

    I'm still using a mouse pad I got with my PC in 1995 :) It's a monkey with a to-do list. *shrugs* bit of discolouration through the decade and a bit but it's still perfect.
     
  11. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely. There are plenty of threads in the forums around here which say 'my mouse is jumping - it's broken'. The solution is usually get a mousemat.
     
  12. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Other than games, what's the point of a mouse?
     
  13. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Mac OS X was created with the intent for it to be used with a mouse. It is almost impossible to use a Mac and not use a mouse.
     
  14. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    My desk is shiny and the skin on my wrist sticks to it if I don't use a mouse pad.
     
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    i haven't used one since i got my MX1000, but i will admit that i do miss the wrist pad a bit, maybe i'll pick one up sometime. if i remember. ;)
     
  18. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a glass desk, so my laser mouse does not work w/o one.
    Awhile ago I had a optical mouse which I used on a wood table w/o a mouse pad. It was good at first but then the little pads on the bottom got scraped up from the wood surface and using the mouse felt like you were dragging it across sandpaper. Also , even with a regular mouse pad it feels more comfortable then having the bottom of your hand rest on the hard table.
     
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I live in glass house. Please don't throw stones. :(

    And I love having a mousepad. I don't think my optical mouse works as well without a pad on ANY surface. Mouse pads also make things a lot quieter. I have a "spongy" one.

    EDIT: Oh man, what a weird time to find out that my mouse doesn't even WORK on my plain white desk with a cheap wooden top. I guess I never even had a choice.
     
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    I have an ultra thin thing which is basically a piece of plastic with a texture on. It's supposed to be excellent for optical mice. All I know is that it's better than just using my table-top.

    In my office the desk isn't so bad and optical mice work just fine, but I still use a thin plastic-topped mousepad.

    I find the material-topped mousepads are awful with opical mice.
     
  22. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Like several people who have posted, I've got a glass desk. Tried it without a mousepad, didn't work.

    However, I'm mousepad-free on my wooden desk at work. :)
     
  23. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yea, makes sense. Ever since my first computer I thought to myself, wth is the point. I've always had a nice flat surface. I used 1 back in the PC days, but now I don't even bother.
     
  24. iamhammill macrumors 6502

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    I think greatdevourer was talking about using a trackpad.
     
  25. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    I use a mousepad on my desk because I don't want to scratch up my nice faux-wood finish on my Ikea desk. :rolleyes: I guess I just prefer the feel of a mouse pad to a plain hard surface.
     

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