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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Apr 15, 2006.
Well? Especially for optical mouses. What's the point people?
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.
I have an optical but my table has glass on top and that doesn't work well with it.
Some people have glass desks
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.
The only reason for me is that my wrist would be resting on a sharp wooden corner.
I want a wrist pad... but their so dang ugly.
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
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.
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.
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.
Other than games, what's the point of a mouse?
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.
My desk is shiny and the skin on my wrist sticks to it if I don't use a mouse pad.
Mine lights up..
mine was 99 cents
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.
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.
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.
Where else would they live??
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.
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.
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.
I think greatdevourer was talking about using a trackpad.
I use a mousepad on my desk because I don't want to scratch up my nice faux-wood finish on my Ikea desk. I guess I just prefer the feel of a mouse pad to a plain hard surface.