Mouse Pad


CalBoy

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What's the difference between that one and a cheap one for five bucks? I could buy another HD for that price.
I have to agree. With optical mice the way they are, a good mouse pad isn't even necessary any more; all you need is color consistancy.
 

wakerider017

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I am just sick of replacing those cheap ones every 6 months...

Plus it would be nice to have one bigger than 8" X 8"
 

CalBoy

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I am just sick of replacing those cheap ones every 6 months...

Plus it would be nice to have one bigger than 8" X 8"
But for $40? Really? Go down to your local electronics store and see if they have some large mouse pads. I know I've seen some that are at least 1'X1'. FRYS is a good place to look if there's one near you.
 

wakerider017

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But for $40? Really? Go down to your local electronics store and see if they have some large mouse pads. I know I've seen some that are at least 1'X1'. FRYS is a good place to look if there's one near you.
Hmmm. No Frys near me but I do have other places... Might take a look.

Already checked Target/Walmart with no luck...

I've had the same mouse pad for 3 years, my desk table, which has no scruff marks or anything.
What kind of pad?

Mine get too dirty and messed up.
 

CalBoy

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Hmmm. No Frys near me but I do have other places... Might take a look.

Already checked Target/Walmart with no luck...
Target and Walmart are no good for stuff like this. A CompUSA might be good, or maybe even BestBuy(although I really don't care for BestBuy). Go to any dedicated computer retailer, not a mega store like Target(they have a few choices in almost everything, but those choices usually suck).

What kind of pad?

Mine get too dirty and messed up.
Are you eating on your mousepad? All the mousepads we've had have stayed in good shape. I've never even seen one get dirty (unless you mean dusty, which is quite different). I really don't know what to tell you if you notice your mousepad gets dirty.
 

yg17

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WTF do you need a mousepad for anyways?

There's no need for them in this day and age of optical/laser mouse. Unless you have a glass desk I suppose. I haven't used a mousepad for probably 6 or 7 years now. Don't get me wrong, those Banshee pads look cool, but there's probably no need for one, especially one that expensive
 

wakerider017

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Target and Walmart are no good for stuff like this. A CompUSA might be good, or maybe even BestBuy(although I really don't care for BestBuy). Go to any dedicated computer retailer, not a mega store like Target(they have a few choices in almost everything, but those choices usually suck).



Are you eating on your mousepad? All the mousepads we've had have stayed in good shape. I've never even seen one get dirty (unless you mean dusty, which is quite different). I really don't know what to tell you if you notice your mousepad gets dirty.
The edges get all frayed and I put wear marks in the pad from moving the mouse so much...

I am on the computer several hours a day.

WTF do you need a mousepad for anyways?

There's no need for them in this day and age of optical/laser mouse. Unless you have a glass desk I suppose. I haven't used a mousepad for probably 6 or 7 years now. Don't get me wrong, those Banshee pads look cool, but there's probably no need for one, especially one that expensive

I have a brushed metal desk, wont work with mighty mouse. :(
 

CalBoy

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It is an important item...
Well yes, but most of us have moved away from them.

I did think of something that might work for you. Look for placemats that are made of plastic. They are large and easy to clean, and they come in a lot of good colors. Usually you can get one for $2-5. This might work out better than a mousepad.
 

wakerider017

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Well yes, but most of us have moved away from them.

I did think of something that might work for you. Look for placemats that are made of plastic. They are large and easy to clean, and they come in a lot of good colors. Usually you can get one for $2-5. This might work out better than a mousepad.
Not a bad idea. Thanks!
 

ktbubster

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something that holds up even better then a placemat and is washable...

Go to a store with a decent cooking section. Look for flexible cuttin boards. They come in a variety of durable materials, all washable, some are in nice colors and shapes, as are very resilent (they are for cutting!) and the offer a variety of different surfaces. I use one in my studio for my mouse. It's great. You can also look for actual cutting surfaces for art. I used to use a small cutting board (you know with the measurments and lines on it. you can get them in 8 by 10) doesn't look as snazzy but really does the trick and lasts!

About 10 bucks for any of the above options :)
 

CalBoy

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something that holds up even better then a placemat and is washable...

Go to a store with a decent cooking section. Look for flexible cuttin boards. They come in a variety of durable materials, all washable, some are in nice colors and shapes, as are very resilent (they are for cutting!) and the offer a variety of different surfaces. I use one in my studio for my mouse. It's great. You can also look for actual cutting surfaces for art. I used to use a small cutting board (you know with the measurments and lines on it. you can get them in 8 by 10) doesn't look as snazzy but really does the trick and lasts!

About 10 bucks for any of the above options :)
Ironically, we have several of those in our kitchen, I completely forgot about them:p OP, they will work well too. See which one you like for your desk and mouse. Good luck.
 

Kaiser Phoenix

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I personally think that mousepads are quite important.

I use an everglide Titan and it is very very smooth. It really does squeeze every bit of performance from the mouse as you need, i.e. tracking will be as accurate as the mouse's technical capability and will not be hindered by other things like surface.

Get a decent pad and size also helps.

just my 2c
 

askywalker

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Cut to size mouse pads

I was buying a bunch of LAN cable yesterday which was right beside the mouse pads... I noticed they had rolls of mouse pad 'material' that you cut to the size you like - and that could be used to cover your entire table top. I thought it looked great - with a bit of a 'sticky' underside to make it so it wouldn't move.
 

dmaxdmax

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When using a Mighty Mouse w/my MBP, I use the neoprene sleeve as a mouse pad. Convenient and effective.

Best desktop mouse pad I ever had was a promotional one from Apple - soft and smooth but not slippery.
 

wakerider017

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something that holds up even better then a placemat and is washable...

Go to a store with a decent cooking section. Look for flexible cuttin boards. They come in a variety of durable materials, all washable, some are in nice colors and shapes, as are very resilent (they are for cutting!) and the offer a variety of different surfaces. I use one in my studio for my mouse. It's great. You can also look for actual cutting surfaces for art. I used to use a small cutting board (you know with the measurments and lines on it. you can get them in 8 by 10) doesn't look as snazzy but really does the trick and lasts!

About 10 bucks for any of the above options :)
Those cutting board look like a really good option!

http://www.amazon.com/MIU-Flexible-Cutting-Board-pack/dp/B00011RTE8
 

PlaceofDis

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something that holds up even better then a placemat and is washable...

Go to a store with a decent cooking section. Look for flexible cuttin boards. They come in a variety of durable materials, all washable, some are in nice colors and shapes, as are very resilent (they are for cutting!) and the offer a variety of different surfaces. I use one in my studio for my mouse. It's great. You can also look for actual cutting surfaces for art. I used to use a small cutting board (you know with the measurments and lines on it. you can get them in 8 by 10) doesn't look as snazzy but really does the trick and lasts!

About 10 bucks for any of the above options :)
http://www.magicslice.com/pub/home.aspx

durable. easy to clean. large. and looks nice.