XTracPads Ripper XL v2 Mouse Mat

Test Setup and Methodology

Test Setup

For the testing part of the review today I will be using my current rig - AquAus

AquAus is currently running dual boot Microsoft Windows XP/Vista and is fully patched and using the latest available drivers at the time of review. Components included are:

*Intel Core 2 Duo e6850 Rev. G0 (L723A)
*Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi
*ASUS EN8800 GTS Core:663Mhz/Memory:1014Mhz
*2GB OCZ PC2-6400 FlexXLC Cas 3 (5-4-4-15)
*2 x 250GB SATA II Seagate NCQ 16Mb cache 7200.10 - RAID 0
*1 x 200 SATA Seagate Barracuda (Storage)
*Pioneer DVR-A11XLB DVD
*Silverstone Strider ST60F 600W Modular PSU
*Black Silverstone SST-TJ-07BW Full tower case
*Scythe Kama Meter fan controller
*Custom water-cooling

All testing will be conducted from within Windows Vista.

Testing Method

In order to try and give our readers an holistic idea of how the XTrac Ripper XL mouse mat performs, I will be testing under conditions that the 'average Joe user' would more than likely encounter.

For the first phase of the test I will throw myself, my Logitech G7 and the Ripper XL into first person shooter-ville. I will be using Valve's Counter Strike:Source; idsoftware's Quake 4; infinity ward's Call Of Duty 2 and for good measure some MMORPG courtesy of World of Warcraft.

For the second testing phase I will be looking at how well the Ripper XL allows for user control when browsing the internet, along with some image manipulation courtesy of Adobe Photoshop CS3.

Because my Logitech G7 allows for adjustable dpi 'on the fly', I will be using it for making speed adjustments when/if necessary.

Logitech setpoint

Setpoint advanced settings tab

For the record my gaming style is predominantly that of a 'twitch gamer' as I usually play first person shooters as a preference. However for the gaming test phase I shall attempt to report as objectively as possible for those who aren't.

Let's get gaming...
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Most Recent Comments

12-08-2007, 04:32:20

Nice review! I always think its hard to review a mouse mat as it really is down to personal opinion.

the XTrac does look like my Everglide Titan.Quote

12-08-2007, 04:59:18

Thanks !TIMMY!, and I agree. It's definitely hard to review something like a mouse mat that can have many variables to many people. You'll never please everyone Quote

12-08-2007, 08:22:11

I'm looking for a new mousemat thats not too pricey. How fast would you say tracking becomes a problem? I sometimes move my mouse pretty fast in SourceQuote

12-08-2007, 08:23:40

llwyd keep me informed on what mousemat u get :P im looking to get one for new deathadder :P (well when i get that 2 lol)Quote

12-08-2007, 08:41:51

Originally Posted by name='Llwyd'
I'm looking for a new mousemat thats not too pricey. How fast would you say tracking becomes a problem? I sometimes move my mouse pretty fast in Source
Pretty fast mate. I did the same test as [Ins] and it was virtually as fast as I could from side to side and up and down (motion) on high sensitivity. After toning the sensitivity down a notch on my mouse the phenomena went away.

If you are looking for a good, budget mouse mat then you really can't go wrong with the XTrac imo.Quote

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