XTracPads Logic Hard Mouse Surfaces Review

Introduction

XTracPad’s latest product has only just been released and is something very exciting which promises to take mouse pads to a whole new level. The product is not really a mouse mat at all but more of a mouse surface that sticks, using an adhesive, directly onto your desk. These surfaces, called the XTracPads Logic, are also ultra thin – roughly half the thickness of a credit card and are available in three colours: pink, black and hex. With the manufacturers, XTracPads, having a great reputation for brilliant mouse pads, I’m sure the Logic surfaces will be no exception and will further enhance their profile. Let’s find out…

Company Information – XTracPads

“Started in March of 2002 by a group of hard-core pc gamers, our mousing surfaces and accessories have won countless awards.

We offer an expanding variety of surfaces and optical mouse pad sizes. Not only are our products used in computer gaming, they are equally efficient for many other applications such as digital animation, desktop publishing and more.”

Features

  • Easy to clean
  • Gamer friendly
  • Precision surface
  • Reusable backing sheet
  • Semi adhesive backing for superior grip

Specifications

  • 8.5″ x 11″ (216mm x 280mm)
  • Semi adhesive backing
  • Available in Hex, Black or Pink

Compatibility

Tested and 100% compatible with the following mice:

  • Logitech:
    MX300/500/510/518/700/1000/G5/G7/G9
  • Microsoft:
    Intellimouse Explorer 3.0/4.0 Laser Mouse 6000
  • Razer:
    DeathAdder
  • Apple:
    Mighty Mouse

Contents & Packaging

The Logic surfaces are packaged in a thin cardboard sleeve very similar to the Pro Pad we reviewed previously. The front has a small hole which shows the surface of the product contained inside as well as a large product image showing the product name at the same time. The top sees the XTracPads Logic title with the phrase ‘Adhesive Mouse Surface’ at the bottom.

The packaging is basically the same for all three variations of the surface with just a different image on the front.

The reverse is comparatively plain with a white box seeing the features bullet pointed. Below this are three sets of instructions: installation, removal and cleaning. The installation steps may seem a little surprising for a mouse pad but as I mentioned before the Logic is a mouse surface and so requires to be stuck to your desk or other surface using the adhesive on the bottom.

In terms of accessories, there aren’t really any except a small XTracPads sticker.

The Product – XTracPads Logic Surfaces

The XTracPads Logic series are quite different from a normal cloth or plastic mouse pad which simply sits on your desk. They come stuck onto a white backing sheet due to the adhesive backing which means that the surface sticks directly to the desk. However, this does not mean that once you’ve applied the product that’s it; no, not at all, in fact you can remove the surface and reapply it over and over again making it very versatile.

The pads can be used in a variety of ways: sticking them directly to a surface or desk or additionally it is possible to stick them over another mouse pad to create a thicker surface if you so choose.

The three Logic surfaces are all the same dimensions and size. The way in which they differ is their style and design: the pink and hex designs follow XTracPads traditional hexagonal pattern with the outlines either being white or pink depending on which one you choose.

The hex pattern looks quite like honeycomb with a dotted centre. In terms of thickness, XTracPads describe them as ‘ultra thin’ and this is not an exaggeration, using the manufacturer’s example, they are about half the thickness of a credit card. This makes them ideal for use on a desk as they do not stick up very much at all.

The Black surface is slightly different and consists of a fill black colour.

On each of the pads there is a black strip which displays the name and the XTracPads logo at the bottom along with their website address.

The overall look is certainly very attractive and much more stylish than many of the generic black mouse pads on the market already. However, if you’re looking for a more toned down product, the black Logic caters for this too.

The back of the surfaces are completely white and have an adhesive surface that allows them to be applied to another surface but then also removed and reapplied a number of times.

Another great feature of the Logic series are that they are incredibly easy to clean – simply peel them off and then rinse with water (even the adhesive backing can be washed).

Finally, the Logic surfaces make for great LAN party mouse surfaces as they are very small and compact so they can be easily transported. Moreover, they can just be stuck back onto the backing sheet and then reapplied at a different location.

Application

This part is very simple; however, you need to ensure that the surface is clean and relatively smooth before applying the Logic surface. This is because if there is any dirt or small objects underneath when you stick the surface down they can affect how well the adhesive works and also anything sharp could pierce through the surface. Apart from this you can apply the Logic series to pretty much any surface.

Once this is done, all you do is peel off the backing and stick it down. I would suggest starting from one end and holding the other up and slowly working your way along, pushing it down as you go because this prevents air bubbles from forming which believe me are not welcome.

If you decide that you need to clean the pad or want to move it, using the backing sheet (alternatively your fingers can do the job) slide it under the surface and then peel it off. To transport you can also lay it back onto this sheet.

Finally, to clean the products just remove them and rinse under water. Once, they are dry reapply them. The great thing about the Logic surfaces are that you can spill pretty much anything on them and as them are plastic it will just wash off and you aren’t left with stains.

Testing

The Test Setup:

ProcessorIntel C2Q Q9450 Quad Core 2.66GHz
MotherboardGigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H
Graphics CardXFX 8600GT
MemoryCorsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)
Hard DriveHitachi HDT7250 (250GB)
Power SupplyTuniq Potency 650W
OSWindows XP Pro 32bit

Methodology

As with all peripherals and accessories, they are all extremely subjective with different people having their own personal opinions. Therefore, it is advisable to test the peripheral yourself before you buy as people’s opinions vary greatly.

However, to test mouse pads here at Verdis Reviews, we use the product for an extended period of time (incorporating general use and gaming) looking at performance, durability and comfort.

To test the Ripper XXL, I used the both the Logitech Laser Mouse and the Speedlink Formula Laser Mouse with the following games:

Results

Gaming
I really wasn’t sure how the Logic surfaces would perform; the surface feels very smooth but then again after being used to cloth pads, I didn’t know what to expect.

Battlefield is a fast paced first person shooter that requires good accuracy and quick reflexes. To begin with I couldn’t seem to hit a thing, let alone clock up a kill. However, after using it for half an hour or so, it being to grow on me as I got better and better. I found that the surface is very smooth and I could quickly react and was soon popping off kills with ease. The tracking seems very effective and at both low and high DPIs, it was very impressive.

The flash games too backing up this opinion as I used a variety of different game genres: puzzles, shooters, strategy and more. The mouse surface allows quick and precise movements that are second to none in my opinion. What’s more, the surface will not move at all and stays firmly in place.

General Usage

I also tested the mouse pad for more general tasks including image editing and internet browsing. In both cases I was easily able to carry out the tasks but then again if I had not been able to, it would have been a worry. Not much else to be said here really.

XTracPads also inform me that the pads can be sterilised for usage in ‘clean’ environments.

Noise
This may seem a slightly strange test for a mouse pad, yet after using a cloth pad, I found that the plastic Logic surface was actually quite noisy as I moved the mouse. At first, I found it quite irritating yet as I used the pad more and more I soon began to ignore it and not really notice it at all. But it has to be said that, the surface is undoubtedly noisier than a cloth pad.

Comfort
Comfort was not a problem for me despite it being ultra thin, even after prolonged usage I did not feel my wrist aching or hurting in the slightest. However, if you do find it uncomfortable, you can just apply the surface to a thicker mouse pad to make it more comfortable.

Durability
Throughout all testing and usage, I did not notice any ware and tear. However, these surfaces do have a somewhat more limited lifespan than other competitors if they are repeatedly applied and removed. Despite this, I chose to see how many applications I could get before the adhesive began to wear off. After 20 times, I soon grew bored and didn’t notice any degradation in quality which leads me to believe that the XTracPads Logic will still have a long lifespan.

Cost
The surfaces are costed at $14.95 which is pretty reasonable for any mouse pad let alone one with a special adhesive backing. This relates to about £10 with a current price conversion.

Conclusion

I must admit that to being with I wasn’t really that sure how well these so called gaming mouse surfaces would perform. Having said that, I’ve been converted and am really impressed with not only the performance aspects of the Logic series but also the versatility: they can be cleaned, removed, applied, and transported with a minimum of fuss.

Moreover, the thinness of the product means that it doesn’t get it the way on your desk and cause any other problems.

In terms of negatives, I’m grasping at straws really; perhaps it’s a little noisier than a cloth pad or the fact that you do actually have to install the surface. But these are negligible when you look at the overall concept and how well XTracPads have been able to implement it.

Despite, my earlier preconceptions, I am going to award it the Editor’s Choice award, this mouse surface may not be to everyone’s liking but it sure ticks all my boxes!

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Adhesive backing
  • Really easy to clean
  • Good price point

Cons

  • Nosier than a cloth pad

editors choice

Thanks go to XTracPads for providing the mouse surfaces for review.

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