PureTrak Mouse Pads

Testing and Conclusion

 

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.

PureTrak Deluxe

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.

PureTrak Talent

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.

 

Thanks to PureTrak for providing todays review samples. Discuss this in our forums

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11-01-2010, 02:13:31

tinytomlogan
Its been a popular topic at OC3D lately so we take a look at more top quality mouse pads, this time from Pure Trak.

Continue Reading

11-01-2010, 04:45:19

splinter
will try them out , but they should do some changes to the design imo

11-01-2010, 05:25:39

Mul.
Can't say I'm a fan of the Deluxe's colour scheme but they both look like very capable mouse pads. Nice work VB

11-01-2010, 09:13:56

tinytomlogan
Ive actualy got the Talent here, and its probs the nicest mouse mat Ive ever used, its not leavign my desk now.

11-01-2010, 09:41:04

Dublin_Gunner
A lot of people underestimate the power of a decent surface. They both look like capable mats - I like the looks o the Talent, and I'm a fan of cloth mats anyway

11-01-2010, 10:45:35

Youngie1337
Perhaps you should take a look at Qpad and the steelseries. This is where this mouse mat will fall in quality and use.

11-01-2010, 10:54:29

splinter
i`ve used Razer Goliathus , QPAD UC , steelseries QCK , cant rly find a difference between them , and im rly curious what Puretrak is offering now

11-01-2010, 11:01:17

ToeJam
think they look damn right disgusting:P, QPAD and steelpad still dominate it all for me

11-01-2010, 11:06:26

splinter
the new Razer Goliathus Fragged edition looks awesome, razer are amazing when it comes to design

11-01-2010, 12:30:01

tinytomlogan
This is so soft but still fast, feels sooo nice when you use your rig alot like I do. Ive had a fair few mats through here lately and Im keeping this one

11-01-2010, 13:06:02

splinter
lol... thats *edit* but will definetely try it out, if its soft and fast in the same time like Tom says is a huge plus for 7-8 hours of non stop playing

11-01-2010, 13:42:54

Youngie1337



lol... thats *EDIT* but will definetely try it out, if its soft and fast in the same time like Tom says is a huge plus for 7-8 hours of non stop playing



What's with the video? That's fake, why would any mouse mat do that flicking action? What mouse is he using a ball mouse >.<. Not shiny.

11-01-2010, 13:50:46

splinter
ye it is done on purpose for a commercial reason or something i guess....

12-01-2010, 02:43:04

tinytomlogan
The owner of Pure Trak saw the comments here about the design and asked me to post this comment:

"I took a quick look at the comments from your users and a lot seem to be set on how the design of the pad(s) look. To clarify, the designs of our surfaces are for 100% functionality and not for over the top, fancy designs. During our almost 2 year research, design, and development phase... we've found that our simplistic pattern design offers the best tracking and least amount of issues when it comes to the movement of any mouse (optical or laser). Paired with either our microreflective or cloth weave surface, we've eliminated any and all movement flaws otherwise created by other surfaces. Most of the time, caused by the "cool", over complex images they feature."



Now I can see how the designs could be a marmite topic, but i really can not stress enough how much I like the Talent pad, Ive had all the coolermaster pads here, razer exact mats, and the Zowie mats, but for me personally the fact this mats fabric feels so soft, yet still runs so smooth and fast.

There is a massive choice with some great mats out there to be had, but for 10 - 20 surely its worth trying something new for a change

12-01-2010, 05:52:37

kingnova
Trouble is tbh most people buy with their eye if they don't like the look of a product regardless of how good it is they will move on to the next

12-01-2010, 07:07:31

Youngie1337
I do not buy with my eye but in my opinion I will go purchase a mouse mat from a company that I've purchased before. Not saying I wouldn't give it a go, but nowadays my standards are so high, I wouldn't want to base my facts on experience with top dog companies. I'm currently using Sharkoon 1337 Cloth Mat, which is a cheap cloth mat and it's impressive (most likely the best mouse pad I've ever used), so this could shock a few people I guess.

12-01-2010, 07:25:55

VonBlade
Hmmm. Strange. The Deluxe is a bit love it or hate it, whereas the Talent isn't offensive to the eye at all.

And both are so well suited to their purposes that the look shouldn't even come into the equation, as hopefully our score indicated.

13-01-2010, 05:24:52

Bungral
I hadn't used anything from Razer before, but I do use the Destructor pad... It's hard and very flat but tracks amazingly with perfect control. That said, it bloody should for how much it cost.
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