PureTrak Mouse Pads
Published: 11th January 2010 | Source: PureTrak | Price: €9.99 - €24.99 |
Testing and Conclusion
It's difficult to test mouse mats without repeating myself in the conclusion, and therefore I'll be combining the two to save you all a little reading. In the current climate I can't imagine any of us want to sit still for an inordinate amount of time. OC3D, an all around service.
The PureTrak Deluxe is billed as the fastest mouse mat that PureTrak sell. However they make it clear that whilst it is the fastest one, it by no means compromises control to achieve that speed. The mat has a very hard plastic surface ensuring huge durability. It's waterproof, stain-proof and pretty indestructible. We've been using it in the secret shed which isn't the most delicate of environments and it has coped admirably with everything we've thrown at it.
Despite it's hard surface and acclaimed speed factor, it definitely is a control mat. We tested it with our usual combination of the Logitech G9 and the CM Storm Sentinel and with both of them it was very easy to make fine controlled adjustments to the cursor or cross-hair position.
Moving the mouse across the surface it's possible to feel the slight indentations that help to give the feedback necessary for good control, but they aren't bothersome and nor do they actually affect the usability. They are more of a tactile feedback assist than anything and certainly no different to many other hard mats we've tested.
One of the downfalls with some textured hard mats is that over time they can start to smooth out in the areas of heaviest usage but in our, albeit limited, testing we never felt this would be the case. It might not be the best looking mat in the world, it might not be the fastest or the biggest, but if you want a mousemat that will outlive your mouse whilst providing great control, this definitely is the one to choose.
Currently available from PureTrak themselves at an excellent $15, this is worth more than a second look. Please note the presentation receives a 0 although really it's not available because we received it without packaging and therefore it would be unfair to give a score based solely upon the looks of the pad rather than the whole item.
Ahhhh the PureTrak Talent. This is indeed the cloth mat to end all cloth mats. Initially it feels a little too squidgy. Indeed it reminded us of a slightly stiffer gel wrist rest. However this initial impression was both accurate, and way off the mark. How so I hear you cry. Well indeed it is as comfortable as a gel wrist rest and hour upon hour of usage didn't provide even a hint of discomfort. It's off the mark because it isn't too squidgy at all.
Actually it's pitched perfectly. It's just soft enough to support your wrist and ensure that you don't end up having to ice your wrist, but at the same time firm enough that the softness doesn't interfere with the tracking accuracy.
The cloth coating itself is a special type of PureTraks own design and it absolutely works. Moving the mouse around is effortless, even without any Teflon or similar feet. It's slick, smooth and accurate and an absolute joy to use.
As with nearly all cloth mats the PureTrak Talent is definitely a mat for those who require accuracy and control over and above pure speed. But even with this taken into account it is by no means sluggish, with the surface providing fantastic gliding ability.
If you're the type of person who feels that a glass mat wouldn't be hard enough for you, then this naturally wouldn't fit the bill, but for anyone who values a bit of comfort or has maybe stuck with harder mouse pads because of their poor experiences with previous cloth mats, PureTrak has the answer.
The Talent is their premium priced mat currently retailing at $25. Given the quality and comfort this is a bargain. It is a high-end price-point for a cloth mat, but it's a high-end product. There is an old adage that sums it up neatly, you get what you pay for. Sometimes this isn't the case, with the PureTrak Talent it is. I'd go so far as to say it's the best cloth mat on the market today.