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Idioteque 26th May 2006, 18:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Atomic
Wondered if I was the only one who'd got that.

What a pap play it was except the lifting the chair up by one leg thing.

I see you've studied the same books as me at GCSE.

However, the book you are reminiscing about is actually "A View From The Bridge" and yes it was absolute monkey nadgers.

Anyway... I care not for mouse mats. my desk surface has been smoothed out by years of mice movements :D
fev 26th May 2006, 18:22 Quote
i didn't do that damned book for gcse, they left it for the lower sets...
i did lord of the flies, great expectations and an inspector calls
Idioteque 26th May 2006, 18:26 Quote
Lucky... even though I was in the highest set we got stuck with "Of Mice and Men", "Heroes" and "A View From The Bridge."

Damn them for not including any science fiction novels in English lit.! A nice bit of Asimov would've relieved the boredom.

Anyway... completely off topic now.

I'm still stuck with my nyko AirFlo mouse... I love it though... nice and sensitive (for my gaming needs anyway) and it keeps me hand cool.
Atomic 26th May 2006, 18:46 Quote
Ah was so long ago I'd got them mixed up :o
synapse1337 27th May 2006, 00:04 Quote
I suppose if you have a dusty house the icemat might not work well but I sure think it's worth the effort keeping it clean. Sure seems better than a cloth one.
speedfreek 27th May 2006, 00:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by zr_ox
I use a logitech trackball for almost everything but FPS and they rock. I dont understand why people give ergnomic keyboards a chance but not trackballs?
I dont mind a decent trackball but when the surface permits I would much rather use a regular mouse. Still they are quite handy when you dont have the space to move a regular mouse enough.

I personally prefer the logitech mice over the other ones, they glide decent and fit my hand nicely. The razor feels too small and the ms mice dont fit as comfortably for me. The whole left handed right handed thing dosent make much sense to me, my friend has a g5 but uses his left for everything else. I guess its however you started. Nice review, the mousepads never meant much to me, I use a piece of cardboard.
Bladestorm 27th May 2006, 09:33 Quote
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You can programme buttons to shift DPI, as with the Logitech - but unlike that mouse, this requires the Razor software to be installed. However, you do get more flexibility in the exact DPI you can have.


The Logitech setpoint software allows you to setup five possible settings with whatever series of DPI settings you like, or at least does for my mx518, so I'm presuming it will for the later ones too.

Anyone tried the sUrface1030 archetype mat ? seems to have a lot of excellent reviews from what I can see. Of course, seems like only one place in the UK sells em and they're out of stock
DXR_13KE 28th May 2006, 21:39 Quote
my first mouse was a serial ball mouse, my present mouse is a microsoft intelimouse optical 1.1A, i love it, it has a whell, 2 normal butons and 2 side butons one on each side.
and it is corded.
i used to use the table, but i was scraching it badly so now i am using a standard mouse pad, my curent one is a smoth one palm wide rough plastic pad with a picture of a female ass wearing a "salsa" jean, its surface creates a kind of "attrition" (i think this is the word) that makes my mouse go slower across the surface.

specofdust above said he was using a teflon baking tray, can you show us pictures of it please, i it a nice ideia i wish i could use if it is ok by you.
Kameleon 31st May 2006, 00:49 Quote
I have a DKT Megamat which is basically just an earlier generation of the same concept as the Razer mat. It'll definitely be my next mat, to go with my Razer Diamondback...

http://premium1.uploadit.org/Kameleon/megamat.jpg
DXR_13KE 31st May 2006, 01:46 Quote
that is a big pad, your mouse is happy with lots of room to play in :D
specofdust 31st May 2006, 01:52 Quote
Well, I used a big flat soft mousemat the other day at a gaming centre with my MX510, and I found it terrible. Either my sensitivity was silly high, y'know what I mean. Or, it was too low, the majority of the time it was too low. I guess soft mats are good for those who like to take big sweeping movements, but I like an easy ride.

Anyway, as requested heres a pic of my mousemet, a £3 teflon baking tray from Woolworths. It's getting a bit worn in places, I could do with a couple of new ones, but they're so cheap I don't mind replacing them every year or so. As the other pics show, they do also bend fairly easily, as the one in pic is. It's not an issue for me as I tend to blue tak them down, but I guess it might be for some. Apoligies for the atrocious picture quality, the camera is old and dirty and I suck.

http://www.zen85473.zen.co.uk/DSCN1304.JPG

Other pics(equally bad quality I'm afraid)

http://www.zen85473.zen.co.uk/DSCN1305.JPG
http://www.zen85473.zen.co.uk/DSCN1306.JPG
http://www.zen85473.zen.co.uk/DSCN1307.JPG
http://www.zen85473.zen.co.uk/DSCN1308.JPG

oh and don't even ask whats going on with that wall, just rest assured it's all getting turned white very shortly
DXR_13KE 31st May 2006, 02:14 Quote
GREAT, that is what i need and what i will search tomorow, the pictures are enough to understand what i am looking for :D THANKS!!!!!!!!!! teflon....yumy:p

if it bends i will stick a plank of wood under it, and you dont suck, YOU ROCK!!!!!

this tray makes me hungry. :D
Denied 31st May 2006, 02:37 Quote
Just have to post up. Someone else mentioned the Microsoft Bluetooth mouse, but I just wanted to add a little bit more to it. I bought a Xtrac Hammer mousepad since I need a stupid large mousepad... the oft told cliche of Help Desk & Support

"My mousemat is broken"

When combined with my bluetooth mouse my mouse sensitivity and accuracy actually got WORSE... significantly worse. I have a Razer Diamondback now just for playing games and the bluetooth jobbie is just used for browsing. I emailled Xtrac about the issues and initially they were really good about things but then they just stopped returning my emails.

So moral of the story.

Don't use bluetooth mice for games. And don't think a mousepad is going to make your bluetooth mouse any better!
Hamish 31st May 2006, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
I guess soft mats are good for those who like to take big sweeping movements, but I like an easy ride.
wrong, i like to be able to cross both screens without having to get up and drag my mouse across the desk too, no problem with a cloth mat :p
Xen0phobiak 31st May 2006, 12:20 Quote
Agreed, I love my megamat, it allows me to move my mouse across all 3 screens effortlessly. :)
specofdust 31st May 2006, 14:50 Quote
That is odd then, I just found the softie I used terrible. There was just too much friction for me, maybe just I'm used to telfon on smooth plastic.
Callum 5th June 2006, 04:18 Quote
Based partly on the recommendation of this article (;)) I decided to buy a G5 with my new computer, but I'm really not happy with it. However, I think it may be a problem my end, rather than with the mouse itself. The mouse pointer is very jerky... Doesn't move smoothly at all, and it's not very accurate.

My old, very cheap IBM optical mouse worked much mroe smoothly than this, but I'm sure I must just not have something set up correctly. There is no way a top-of-the-line mouse should be THIS crap... Especially as so many other people have good experiences with them...

It's not that I'm not used to the DPI, cos I've tried a whole range, from 2000 to 400... And it's the same...

Could it be my mouse mat? It's a free thing that comes with large orders of medicine (no, I didn't order large amoounts of drugs, my best friend's parents are doctors), and is thin plastic, barely thicker than thick paper. Not sure if it is covered in cloth or not... Kinda textured on top... Could be cloth, or just textured plastic...

Here's a picture of it: (taken with my QuickCam Express, a lousy camera at the best of times, and worse when hovering above the mat, stretching the cable to its extent, held by an unsteady hand :P. Apologies ;))

http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/6782/mousemat3aa.jpg

If this mouse only really works well with high quality mouse mats, then I am prepared to buy one, but I don't want to throw more money at what, essentially at the moment, is a crap mouse...
Xen0phobiak 5th June 2006, 11:29 Quote
^Get a decent surface, if you need to test before you buy one, use a clean doormat.
webchimp 5th June 2006, 11:50 Quote
I allways used to like the cloth type mouse mats like the ones by Allsop, the only problem with them is they get quite grubby after a while. Then I tried one of these: QPAD mouse mats. It's great, it feels just like a cloth mouse mat and moving the mouse over it is very smooth, but it has a coating on it so that it doesn't get grubby and you can wipe it clean if you slop your coffee on it. I've had one for a year or so now and it's still as good as new. :D
jakeiswicked 5th June 2006, 20:09 Quote
i use a MX510 and a S&S Steelpad and its amazing, the mouse glides across the mat perfectly, and not once has my mouse been a reason for a death in an fps
sl1xx 14th June 2006, 22:04 Quote
I want that razor mouse so badly ! plus it would go with my setup niceeeee :P
Mister_Tad 14th June 2006, 23:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamish
wrong, i like to be able to cross both screens without having to get up and drag my mouse across the desk too, no problem with a cloth mat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xen0phobiak
Agreed, I love my megamat, it allows me to move my mouse across all 3 screens effortlessly.

How sensitive (or not) do you have it set? I traverse 4 screens with around 2 inches of movement :|
Hamish 15th June 2006, 00:11 Quote
yes i traverse 2 screens in about 2 inches, i was replying to someone saying they found cloth mats not very sensitive
i use the vast surface area to allow me to mouse from different levels of reclination :p (also use it as an arm rest ¬_¬)
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