XTracPads Fat Mat

A Detailed Look

A Detailed Look

For the sole purpose of assessing the features of XTracPads Fat Mat I will be using my 'current' mouse mat - the Razer Mantis to illustrate. Images of both mouse mats will be included where poignant to reinforce the point at hand.

Looking at the two mouse mats overlapped there is quite a substantial difference between the two. The Fat Mat is shorter lengthways by almost an inch, and 2 inches for depth.

RAZER and XTracPads Fat Mat overlapped

Again the XTracPads Ripper XL v2 is considerably larger again than the Fat Mat

Ripper XL vs Fat Mat

The XTracPads Fat Mat is considerably thicker than the Mantis. However, this may be considered as an advantage in that it allows the mat to fully sit flush on top of your desktop surface without risk of it gathering or holding shape. The 'closed cell' rubber used for the base of the Fat Mat is certainly more 'aerated' than the RAZER, for want of a better word, and should provide a comfortable and ergonomic surface for resting your wrist/forearm on.

RAZER vs Fat Mat thickness

The XTracPads Fat Mat's rubber backing looks and feels just as textured as my Mantis' and you can see the comparison below (Fat Mat on the left, RAZER on the right). The Fat Mat sits perfectly on my polished faux-timber desktop and despite my attempts to get it to slip, move or gather it hasn't yet done so.

RAZER vs XTracPads grip comparison

The major difference between the Fat Mat and my Razer Mantis is the cloth covering on the face. The face of the Fat Mat is very smooth and exudes a sheen like appearance, it also looks and feels fast. The Fat Mat surface, to be honest, looks and feels exactly like the material used on the Ripper XL v2 that I reviewed earlier. The Mantis, on the other hand has a highly textured cloth.

The XTracPads Fat Mat like the Ripper XL also picks up lint and dust particles very easily.

XTracPads vs RAZER face appearance

Anyway, enough of the detail...let's see how it actually performs. For the testing phase of the review I will be assessing the Fat Mat according to gaming performance, advanced detail work and general PC tasks. Will the XTracPads Fat Mat provide accurate tracking and a smooth, fast gaming surface when needed? Will it perform as admirably during simple desktop browsing or a bout of Photoshop? Let's head over to the next page and see what we can throw at it...
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Most Recent Comments

11-10-2007, 02:18:35

Wow, nice write up PV!

Mouse mat looks pretty impressive. And not a single bad point to report!Quote

11-10-2007, 05:42:52

Thanks mate Yeah it's a great mat and very comfortable to use.Quote

11-10-2007, 12:26:00

Good read Peevs

Looks like a nice mat Quote

12-10-2007, 03:28:09

Thanks mate Yeah tis a nice matQuote

13-11-2007, 10:31:20

Im after the XXL but cant find a UK stockest and got no reply from them direct!Quote

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