XTrac Zoom Mouse Pad
Zoom Mouse Pad
Street Price: ~$15
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2003
Reviewed By: Joey Chao
can be a big deal to the extreme gamer, especially in first person games where
accuracy and precision is important. There are many types of mouse pads out
there. Some are made of plastic, aluminum, and even glass. There are many
different aspects that make a mouse pad good besides controlling the mouse.
Durability, size, and maintenance are all factors that should be taken into
consideration when buying a pad. We have even had issues with pads being to noisy
from the sliding of the mouse across the surface. So as you can see, choosing a
pad can be a tough choice with so many different types on the market. Today we
have the opportunity to take a look at the XTrac Zoom. It is ultra thin, big,
and very smooth.
Size 8.5 X 11
Thickness Credit card thin.
Surface Hard plastic, slightly textured to provide light feedback
Pattern Hexagonal with random dot configuration to ensure precise control
Backing Sure Grip II ultra thin rubber compound
Durability Extremely durable if properly taken care of.
The XTrac Zoom:
The XTrac Zoom is an interesting looking mouse pad. The
first thing that one would notice is the hexagonal design. Within each
hexagon, there a tiny dots place randomly which ensures great control. The
hard plastic surface should be very durable and easy to clean. Over a few
weeks of use, we never really had to clean the mouse pad, but it can easily
be done with just house hold cleaners and a towel. As you can see from the
second picture above, the mouse pad is thin and flexible. On their website,
they claim that the pad is thinner than most credit cards and they were not
lying. This is great for small desks where the keyboard and mouse pad will
not fit. The keyboard can easily be placed on the edge of the pad without
raising the keyboard causing a wobbling affect.
The pad is fairly large, giving plenty of room to move the
mouse around. You will not find yourself going off the edge of this pad
unless you have your sensitivity set very low. Compared to other mouse
pads we have tried, the XTrac is about the same size as the Steelpad 4S and
the Ratpadz GS. As we said earlier, it is rather large and may not fit on
small desks along with the keyboard, but due to the super thin design, the
keyboard can be placed on the pad without causing problems. A common feature
on today's mouse pads are sticky feet that keep the pad in place. The XTrac
Zoom features a rubber backing called the Sure Grip II. It works great and
keeps the pad from sliding around at all, which can sometimes be a problem
for the spastic gamer.